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About Phil Brannen

Phil Brannen is a Professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate degree in Plant Protection and Pest Management, where he also received an M.S. in Plant Pathology, followed by a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Auburn University. He has extensive experience with disease management programs in numerous cropping systems. He serves as the extension fruit pathologist for Georgia – conducting research and technology transfer for multiple fruit commodities. His efforts are directed towards developing IPM practices to solve disease issues and technology transfer of disease-management methods to commercial fruit producers. He also teaches the graduate level Field Pathology Course, the History of Plant Diseases and their Impact on Human Societies Course, team-teaches the IPM Course, coordinates the Viticulture and Enology in the Mediterranean Region Course (Cortona, Italy), and guest lectures in numerous other courses throughout the year.

Vine Trunk Diseases

There are a couple of trunk disease educational opportunities that are available. One is a free short course recently developed by Dr. Kendra Baumgartner; the information, though developed in California is very pertinent to Georgia as well. Our primary pruning wound, cordon, and trunk pathogens are those caused by Botryosphaeria…
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Topsin Use for Dormant Pruning Wounds

I had a question about use of Topsin M for application to pruning wounds (see label below) and how to best apply this fungicide and others for this purpose. In an ideal world, we could have a sprayer designed specifically to go over the top of the cordons after each…
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Ripe Rot Disease Survey

I know it is Christmas, but if you can take a few minutes (literally about five at max) to fill out this short survey (see link below), it would be be greatly appreciated. We are conducting this survey as part of a grant application, and if we do receive funds,…
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MyIPM Promotional Video

The MyIPM app, developed by multiple universities under the direction of Dr. Guido Schnabel from Clemson University and supported by the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium, now has a section on bunch grapes. You can readily download this app and use it for identifying diseases, developing spray programs, etc., so…
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Florida Muscadine Meeting Presentations

For those of you who grow muscadines, you might want to review this meeting site. Several muscadine specialists were involved in the meeting, including yours truly, and it provides a good review of the state of the art relative this commodity. Florida muscadine meeting link:
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