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Phillip M. Brannen

Extension Fruit Disease Specialist
  • Plant Pathology
Shipping Address:
Athens, CAES Campus

Academic Background

Ph.D. Plant Pathology, Auburn Univ. - 1996
M.S. Plant Pathology, Univ. Georgia - 1986
B.S. Plant Protection & Pest Management, Univ. Georgia - 1983
Plant Protection & Pest Management, Georgia Southern Univ. - 1981

Research Interests and Current Efforts

Developing and promoting systems approaches to disease management for fruits. Use of weather-monitoring equipment and satellite systems to access disease epidemics in peach and apple. Comparison of existing fungicide technologies with new chemistries and biological control.

Viticulture Blog

Recent Publications

Chapters in Books:

Brannen, P.M., P.R. Bristow and A.W. Stretch. 2016. Leaf rust. In: Compendium of Blueberry, Cranberry, and Lingonberry Diseases and Pests, Second Edition. Ed. J.J. Polashock, F.L. Caruso, A.L. Averill, A.C. Schilder. APS Press, St. Paul, MN, p 27-30.

Brannen, P.M., H. Scherm and R. Martin. 2016. Necrotic Ring Blotch. In: Compendium of Blueberry, Cranberry, and Lingonberry Diseases and Pests, Second Edition. Ed. J.J. Polashock, F.L. Caruso, A.L. Averill, A.C. Schilder. APS Press, St. Paul, MN, p 64-66.

Brannen, P.M., C.J. Chang and D.L. Horton. 2016. Bacterial Leaf Scorch. In: Compendium of Blueberry, Cranberry, and Lingonberry Diseases and Pests, Second Edition. Ed. J.J. Polashock, F.L. Caruso, A.L. Averill, A.C. Schilder. APS Press, St. Paul, MN, p 79-81.

Schnabel, G., A. Amiri and P.M. Brannen. 2012. Field kit- and internet-supported fungicide resistance monitoring. In: Fungicide Resistance in Crop Protection: Risk and Management. Ed. T.S. Thind. CAB International, Oxford shire, UK p 116-132.

Schnabel, G., A. Amiri and P.M. Brannen. 2011. Location-specific fungicide resistance profiles aid peach growers in managing fungicide resistant strains of Monilinia fructicola. In: Modern Fungicides and Antifungal Compounds VI, Eds. H.W. Dehne, H.B. Deising, U. Gisi, K.H. Kuck, P.E. Russell, H. Lyr. Lebenshilfe gGmbH, Braunschweig, Germany, p 264-266.

Journal Articles:

Bolton, S.L., P.M. Brannen, and A.E. Glenn. 2016. A novel population of Fusarium fujikuroi isolated from southeastern U.S. winegrapes reveals the need to re-evaluate the species’ fumonisin production. Toxins 8:254; doi:10.3390/toxins8090254 (14 pages).

Dowling, M.E., P.K. Bryson, H.G. Boatwright, J.R. Wilson, Z. Fan, S. Everhart, P.M. Brannen, and G. Schnabel. 2016. Effect of fungicide applications on Monilinia fructicola population diversity and transposon movement. Phytopathology 106:1504-1512.

Robinson, T. S., H. Scherm, P.M. Brannen, R. Allen, and C. M. Deom. 2016. Blueberry necrotic ring blotch virus in southern highbush blueberry: insights into in-planta and in-field movement. Plant Disease 100:1575-1579.

Stewart, J.E., K. Brooks, P.M. Brannen, W.O. Cline, and M.T. Brewer. 2015. Elevated genetic diversity in the emerging blueberry pathogen Exobasidium maculosum. PLos ONE 10(7): e0132545 doi: 10:137/journal.pone.0132545.

Yang, J.H., P.M. Brannen, and G. Schnabel. 2015. Resistance in Alternaria alternata to SDHI fungicides causes rare disease outbreak in peach orchards. Plant Disease 99:65-70.

Chen, Chunxian, C.H. Bock, P.M. Brannen, J.E. Adaskaveg, M.W. Hotchkiss, M.T. Brewer, and B.W. Wood. 2014. Genetic variability among populations of Fusicladium species from different host trees and geographic locations in the USA. Mycol. Progress 13:1179-1190.

Nyczepir, A.P., P.M. Brannen, J. Cook, and S. Meyer. 2014. Management of Meloidogyne incognita with Jesup (Max-Q) tall fescue grass prior to peach orchard establishment. Plant Disease 98:625-630.

Fernandez-Ortuno, D, A. Grabke, K.P. Bryson, E. Beasley, L. Fall, P. Brannen, and G. Schnabel. 2014. First report of fludioxonil resistance in Botrytis cinerea from a blackberry field in Georgia. Plant Disease 98(6):848.

Brewer, M.T., A.N. Turner, P.M. Brannen, W.O. Cline, and E.A. Richardson. 2014. Exobasidium maculosum, a new species causing leaf and fruit spots on blueberry in the southeastern USA, and its relationship with other Exobasidium spp. parasitic to blueberry and cranberry. Mycologia 106(3):415-423.

Jagdale, G.B., T. Holladay, P.M. Brannen, W.O. Cline, P. Agudelo, A.P. Nyczepir, and J.P. Noe. 2013. Incidence and pathogenicity of plant-parasitic nematodes associated with blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) replant disease in Georgia and North Carolina. Journal of Nematology 45(2):92-98.

De La Fuente, L., J.K. Parker, J.E. Oliver, S. Granger, P.M. Brannen, E. van Santan, and P.A. Cobine. 2013. The bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa affects the leaf ionome of plant hosts during infection. PLos ONE 8(5): e62945, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062945.

Quito-Avila, D.F, P.M. Brannen, W.O. Cline, P.F. Harmon, and R.R. Martin. 2013. Genetic characterization of Blueberry necrotic ring blotch virus, a novel RNA virus with unique genetic features. Journal of General Virology 94:1426-1434.

Haralson, J.C., P.M. Brannen, D.S. NeSmith, and H. Scherm. 2012. Chemical control of Cylindrocladium and Rhizoctonia root rots in blueberry propagation. Crop Protection 44(2013)1-5.

Other Scientific Publications:

P.M. Brannen, C.H. Bock, and M.W. Hotchkiss. 2016. Efficacy of agricultural oil and fungicide combinations as a late dormant treatment for control of peach scab in Georgia, 2015. Plant Disease Management Reports 10:STF014.

P.M. Brannen and T. Putzke. 2016. Brown rot control in peach with Topguard EQ (flutriafol) fungicide, 2015. Plant Disease Management Reports 10:STF013.

T. Putzke and P.M. Brannen. 2016. Brown rot control in peach with isofetamid in solo and tank mix applications, 2015. Plant Disease Management Reports 10:STF012.

E.J. Sikora, J. Pitts, P.M. Brannen, C.H. Bock, and M.W. Hotchkiss. 2016. Efficacy of agricultural oil and fungicide combinations as a late dormant treatment for control of peach scab in Alabama, 2015. Plant Disease Management Reports 10:STF011.

F. Connelly and P.M. Brannen. 2016. Mummy berry and Exobasidium leaf spot management in rabbiteye blueberry with chemical fungicides, 2015. Plant Disease Management Reports 10:SMF020.