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Phil Brannen

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.

The Vineyard Advisor App

You may already be aware of this app, but I just found out about it today.  The Vineyard Advisor App has been developed by Texas Tech, and it appears to largely be an IPM app.  I don’t think it is that helpful in identification, so you have to largely know…
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Crown Gall Symptoms

Crown gall can sometimes be confused with either leaf roll virus or Pierce’s disease. In general, if a plant is a completely brilliant red, this is likely caused by crown gall or some trunk injury.  Pierce’s disease and leaf roll viruses can also have reddened leaves or leaf margins, so…
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Pierce’s Disease Action Items

Pierce’s disease (PD) is showing up in numerous vineyards on quite a few grape varieties — V. vinifera and hybrids. Vines should be scouted in each vineyard for the three characteristic symptoms of PD: leaf scorch showing marginal chlorosis and necrosis, leafless petioles “match-sticks”, and “green islands” on the canes….
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Sour Rot Reported — Management Plan

Sour rot is showing up in some Georgia vineyards (see photo below), and this is really no surprise with our environment.  The classic vinegar smell in the vineyard helps to identify sour rot, as other rots are somewhat similar as they initially develop. We have issues with this disease complex…
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Powdery Mildew Management Questions — Answers from an International Workshop on Powdery Mildew

I recently had questions at a grower meeting about several aspects of powdery mildew management.  I am currently attending an international meeting on powdery mildew, so it is very helpful to have my opinions supported by true experts in the field of powdery mildew management.  Relative powdery mildew, the following…
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