Contact Information

E-mail: Emily G. Cantonwine , Ph.D.
Office: BSC 2087
Phone: (229) 333-5337


Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of Georgia, Tifton, GA, 2005.

M.S., Biology, Florida International University, Miami, FL, 1999.

B.S., Botany, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1994.

Teacher Certification, Broad-Field Science (grades 7-12), University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2001.

Emily Cantonwine

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 1107 (Introduction to Biology)
  • BIOL 3500/5500 (Mycology)
  • BIOL 3530/5530 (Biodiversity of Macrofungi)
  • BIOL 3630 (Biology of Horticulture)
  • BIOL 3680/5680 (Plant Pathology)
  • BIOL 4000/6000 (Special Topics: Organic Agriculture)

Experiential Learning and Outreach Activities

Service Learning in Biology of Horticulture, 2013, 2015, 2016

VSU Campus Plants Website, 2013-2014

Whitehead Camellia Trail Video Tour, 2016

Historical Campus Plants Video Tour, 2016

Mycology in Ireland, 2013, 2015, 2017

VSU BioBlitz at Grassy Pond, 2018 and 2019                                                      

Mycoflora@VSU, 2018 and 2020

Research Interests 

Brown SpotsIdentifying components of resistance of peanut plants (Arachis hypogaea) to infections by fungal pathogens.

Evaluating the efficacy of fungicides to manage fungal diseases in organic and conventional production systems. 

Environmental effects on germination and penetration of Cercospora arachidiola and Cercosporidium personatum.  

Other interests include diversity of lichens and macrofungi, and public participation in science.


Cantonwine, E. G., Arnold, A. Sheehan, B., Osmundson, T., and Russell, S. 2022. DNA Barcoding of Macrofungi by Community Scientists. McIlvainea, 31:2-17. 

Culbreath, A. K., Kemerait, R. C., Jr., Brenneman, T. B., Cantonwine, E. G., and Rucker, K. 2021. Effect of in-furrow application of fluopyram on leaf spot diseases of peanut. Plant Dis.

Cantonwine, E., J. Nienow, M. Blackmore, B. Griffin, B. Bergstrom, D. Bechler, T. Henkel, C.A. Slaton, J. Adams, A. Grupe, M. Hodges, and G. Lee. 2019. Results of a Fall and Spring BioBlitz at Grassy Pond Recreational Area, Lowndes County, Georgia. Georgia Journal of Science, 77(2), Art. 17. Available at:

Fulmer, A.M., Mehra, L., Kemerait, R., Brenneman, T., Culbreath, A., Stevenson, K., Cantonwine, E. 2019. Relating Peanut Rx Risk Factors to Epidemics of Early and Late Leaf Spot of Peanut. Plant Disease, 103:

Cantonwine, E.G. 2017. A Smarter Hand Lens – Macro Lens Attachements for your Smart Device. Plant Health Instructor. DOI: 10.1094/PHI-T-2017-0713-01.

Culbreath, A.K, Kemerait, R.C., Brenneman, T.B., Tsai, Y.C., Stevenson, K.L. and Cantonwine. E.G. 2015. Effects of in-furrow and early-season banded applications of fungicides on incidence of early leaf spot of peanut. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-RS-15-0029.

Orner, V., Cantonwine, E., Wang, X.M., Abouelleil, A., Bochicchio, J., Nusbaum, C.,  Culbreath, A., Abdo, Z. & Arias, R. 2015. Draft Genome Sequence of Cercospora arachidicola, Cause of Early Leaf Spot in Peanut. Genome Announcement 3(6):e01281-15.doi:10.1128/genomeA.01281-15.

Cantonwine, E.G. 2014. Creating an Active Learning Environment in the Laboratory with Prepared Slides. The Plant Health Instructor. DOI: 10.1094/PHI-T-2014-1222-01

Cantonwine, E.G. 2014. An Active Learning Lab on a Selection of Acomycete Reproductive Structures and their use in Disease Diagnosis. The Plant Health Instructor. 10.1094/PHI-T-2014-1223-01

Johnson, R.C. & Cantonwine, E.G. 2013. Post-infection activities of fungicides against Cercospora arachidicola of peanut (Arachis hypogaea). Pest Management Science 70:1202-1206.

R.S. Tubbs, E.G. Cantonwine, & T.B. Brenneman. 2013. Efficacy of Peanut Seed Treatments for Organic Management in Georgia.  Peanut Science 40(2):149-155.

Cantonwine, E.G., Holbrook, C.C., Culbreath, A.K., Tubbs, R.S., & Boudreau, M.A. 2011.  Genetic and seed treatment effects in organic peanut.  Peanut Science 38:115-121.

Cantonwine, E.G., Culbreath, A.K., Kemerait, R.C., & Gitaitis, R.D. 2010. Characterization of a Peanut Leaf Spot of Unknown Etiology. Online. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-2010-0727-01-RS.

Holbrook, C. Corley, Ozias-Akins, P., Timper, P., Wilson, D. M., Cantonwine, E., Guo, B. Z., Sullivan, D. G. & Dong, W. 2008. Research from the Coastal Plain Experiment Station, Tifton, Georgia, to minimize aflatoxin contamination in peanut. Toxin Reviews 27:391-410.

Cantonwine, E.G., Culbreath, A.K., Shew, B.B., & Boudreau, M.A. 2008. Efficacy of organically acceptable fungicides for management of early and late leaf spot diseases on partially resistant peanut cultivars. Online. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-2008-0317-03-RS.

Cantonwine, E.G., Culbreath, A.K, Holbrook, C.C., & Gorbet, D.W. 2008. Disease progress of early leaf spot and components of resistance to Cercospora arachidicola and Cercosporidium personatum in runner-type peanut genotypes. Peanut Science 35:1-10.

Cantonwine, E.G. & Culbreath, A.K. 2007. Effects of cover crop residue and pre-plant herbicide on early leaf spot of peanut. Plant Disease 91:822-827.

Cantonwine, E.G., Culbreath, A.K., & Stevenson, K.L. 2007. Characterization of early leaf spot suppression by strip-tillage in peanut.  Phytopathology 97:187-194.

Cantonwine, E.G., Culbreath, A.K., Brenneman, T.B., Kemerait, R.C., Stevenson, K.L. & Smith, N.B. 2006. Integrated disease management of leaf spot and spotted wilt of peanut. Plant Disease 90:493-500.

Cantonwine, E.G. 2005. The use of genetics and cultural practices to suppress foliar diseases of peanut and reduce fungicide requirements. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Cantonwine, E.G., Culbreath, A.K., Holbrook, C.C., Branch, W.D. & Gorbet, D.W, 2003. Field response of runner-type genotypes to multiple diseases under conventional and strip-tillage, 2002. Biological and Cultural Tests, Report No. 18:P009.

Cantonwine, E.G. & Downum, K.R. 2001. Phenylheptatriyne variation in Bidens alba var. radiate leaves. Journal of Chemical Ecology 27(2) 313-326.

Cantonwine, E.G. 1999. Phenylheptatriyne variation in Bidens alba var. radiate leaves. Master’s Thesis, Florida International University, Miami, FL.

Berg, D.J., Cantonwine, E.G., Hoeh, W.R., & Guttman, S.I. 1998. Genetic structure of Quadrula (Bivalvia:Unionidae): Little variation across large distances. Journal of Shellfish Research 17(5) 1365-73.