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University of Georgia and USDA scientists conduct research and extension programs on all aspects of peanut production. The majority of these scientists are located at the University of Georgia’s Tifton Campus (Coastal Plain Experiment Station). The remaining scientists are located at the Georgia Station at Griffin, the main campus at Athens, and the USDA’s National Peanut Research Lab at Dawson.

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Dr. Mark Abney

Assistant Professor & Entomology Extension Specialist

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Work Phone: 229.386.3374
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Dr. Koushik Adhikari

Assistant Professor

Dr. Adhikari's research focuses mainly on sensory analysis (descriptive analysis and consumer acceptability) of commodity (mainly beef) and consumer food products. A current research foci include determining emotional response of consumers when consuming food and beverages, determining the relevance of sensory analysis and consumer behavior in food choice and nutrition in combating obesity in adolescents, and using multivariate statistical analyses to study relationships between descriptive data and consumer acceptability data and/or chemical flavor data (GC-MS).…Read More
Work Phone: 770.412.4736

Dr. Adhikari’s research focuses mainly on sensory analysis (descriptive analysis and consumer acceptability) of commodity (mainly beef) and consumer food products. A current research foci include determining emotional response of consumers when consuming food and beverages, determining the relevance of sensory analysis and consumer behavior in food choice and nutrition in combating obesity in adolescents, and using multivariate statistical analyses to study relationships between descriptive data and consumer acceptability data and/or chemical flavor data (GC-MS).

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Dr. Bill Branch

Professor

Area: Plant Breeding and GenomicsRead More
Work Phone: 229.386.3561

Area: Plant Breeding and Genomics

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Dr. Tim Brenneman

Professor

Georgia is the number one producer of both peanuts and pecans in the United States. However, our humid climate is very favorable for diseases, and losses can be severe in wet years. The cost of disease control is one of the biggest production expenses for many growers each year. The focus of Dr. Brenneman's research is on applied epidemiology and management of pecan diseases and soilborne diseases of peanuts.…Read More
Work Phone: 229.386.3371

Georgia is the number one producer of both peanuts and pecans in the United States. However, our humid climate is very favorable for diseases, and losses can be severe in wet years. The cost of disease control is one of the biggest production expenses for many growers each year.
The focus of Dr. Brenneman’s research is on applied epidemiology and management of pecan diseases and soilborne diseases of peanuts. This involves an integrated, multi-faceted approach utilizing cultural practices, fungicides, and host resistance in new ways that are effective and economical for producers.

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Dr. Steve L Brown

Professor & Extension Entomologist

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Work Phone: 229.386.3424

Area: Insect Management

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Dr. Manjeet Chinnan

Professor Emeritus

Description of Research Interests
  • Research is aimed at identifying suitable materials for the development of new or alternative packaging approaches for employing the concept of 'Active Packaging'.
  • The influence of frying process conditions and breading formulations or coatings on the changes affecting a product's quality (coating adhesion, coating pickup, oil uptake, surface color, texture) are being studied.Bacterial stress response
  • Strategies are being developed and examined for improving the frying life of oil and improving the quality of fried products.
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Work Phone: 770.412.4741

Description of Research Interests

  • Research is aimed at identifying suitable materials for the development of new or alternative packaging approaches for employing the concept of ‘Active Packaging’.
  • The influence of frying process conditions and breading formulations or coatings on the changes affecting a product’s quality (coating adhesion, coating pickup, oil uptake, surface color, texture) are being studied.Bacterial stress response
  • Strategies are being developed and examined for improving the frying life of oil and improving the quality of fried products.
  • Mathematical models for describing package and food interactions as pertinent to ‘Active Packaging’ are being developed.
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Dr. Albert Culbreath

Professor

Area: Foliar diseases and TospovirusesRead More
Work Phone: 229.386.3424

Area: Foliar diseases and Tospoviruses

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Dr. Michael Deom

Professor

Area: Plant virology, molecular mechanisms of resistanceRead More
Work Phone: 706.542.1270

Area: Plant virology, molecular mechanisms of resistance

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Dr. Stanley Fletcher

Professor

Area: Economic Policy, MarketingRead More
Work Phone: 770.228.7231

Area: Economic Policy, Marketing

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John Gassett

Program Coordinator

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Area: Variety Testing

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Dr. Timothy Grey

Professor

Area: Research Weed ScientistRead More
Work Phone: 229.386.7239

Area: Research Weed Scientist

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Dr. Baozhu Guo

Area: AflatoxinRead More
Work Phone: 229.386.2326

Area: Aflatoxin

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Dr. Glen Harris

Professor & Extension Agronomist

Area: Environmental Soils & Fertilizers; Nutrient Management, Fertilizers, Soil ScienceRead More
Work Phone: 229.386.3006

Area: Environmental Soils & Fertilizers; Nutrient Management, Fertilizers, Soil Science

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Dr. Corley Holbrook

Area: Genetics, BreedingRead More
Work Phone: 229.386.3176

Area: Genetics, Breeding

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Dr. Yen-Cong Hung

Professor

Description of Research Interests
  • Determination and modeling of pathogen survival associated with seafood and poultry cooked by microwave ovens
  • High temperature and high pressure pasteurization for elimination of Salmonella and Listeria in liquid egg products
  • Modeling of beef patty cooking
  • Development of and optimization of combined processing technologies to preserve foods
  • Development of treatments using electrolyzed oxidizing water to kill foodborne pathogens on produce, meat and poultry
  • Improved processing technologies to increase cowpea utilization and improve nutrition
  • Modeling heat and mass transfer during cryogenic freezing for system and food quality optimization
  • Studies on the food cold chain
  • CA storage for shelf-life extension
  • Development of a value-added process for the retention of crispness in breaded shrimp
  • High-speed laser-based fruit and vegetable maturity and texture measuring systems
  • Using X-ray for on-line nondestructive sorting of watercore apples
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Work Phone: 770.412.4739

Description of Research Interests

  • Determination and modeling of pathogen survival associated with seafood and poultry cooked by microwave ovens
  • High temperature and high pressure pasteurization for elimination of Salmonella and Listeria in liquid egg products
  • Modeling of beef patty cooking
  • Development of and optimization of combined processing technologies to preserve foods
  • Development of treatments using electrolyzed oxidizing water to kill foodborne pathogens on produce, meat and poultry
  • Improved processing technologies to increase cowpea utilization and improve nutrition
  • Modeling heat and mass transfer during cryogenic freezing for system and food quality optimization
  • Studies on the food cold chain
  • CA storage for shelf-life extension
  • Development of a value-added process for the retention of crispness in breaded shrimp
  • High-speed laser-based fruit and vegetable maturity and texture measuring systems
  • Using X-ray for on-line nondestructive sorting of watercore apples
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Dr. Scott Jackson

Professor

Area: Genomics and CytogeneticsRead More
Work Phone: 706.542.4021

Area: Genomics and Cytogenetics

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Dr. Carroll Johnson

Area: Weed ScienceRead More
Work Phone: 229.386.3172

Area: Weed Science

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Dr. Bob Kemerait

Professor & Extension Plant Pathologist

Area: Cotton and peanut pathology

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Work Phone: 229.386.7495

Area: Cotton and peanut pathology

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Ms. Pam Knox

Public Service Assistant

Pam provides monitoring and outreach activities to Extension agents, scientists and producers. Her duties include:

  • Monitoring climate conditions for short- and long-term trends which may affect peanut health and management.
  • Providing weather and climate data for research, management decisions and insurance.
  • Providing presentations, articles, fact sheets, blog entries, and other outreach activities to inform peanut producers about impacts of weather and climate on peanuts.
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Work Phone: 706.310.3467

Pam provides monitoring and outreach activities to Extension agents, scientists and producers. Her duties include:

  • Monitoring climate conditions for short- and long-term trends which may affect peanut health and management.
  • Providing weather and climate data for research, management decisions and insurance.
  • Providing presentations, articles, fact sheets, blog entries, and other outreach activities to inform peanut producers about impacts of weather and climate on peanuts.
  • Studying the impacts of variable and changing climate on growing season, water availability and heat stress on crops and livestock.
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Dr. Fanbin Kong

Assistant Professor

Description of Research Interests Food engineering; in vitro simulation of digestive systems; microencapsulation technology; bioaccessibility and bioavailability of bioactives as affected by food matrix and processing; new food processing technology including radio frequency (RF) heating for food pasteurization.Read More
Work Phone: 706.542.7773

Description of Research Interests

Food engineering; in vitro simulation of digestive systems; microencapsulation technology; bioaccessibility and bioavailability of bioactives as affected by food matrix and processing; new food processing technology including radio frequency (RF) heating for food pasteurization.

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