The Plant Diagnostic Lab provides three major services:
- Plant samples are examined for disease, insect, nutrient,
cultural, and herbicide problems.
- Soil samples are analyzed for plant parasitic nematodes.
- Insect samples are identified.
In addition to
the above, plant and fungal identifications are also made. After samples
are examined, tested, analyzed, and/or identified, Extension Specialists
respond with the diagnosis or identification and control recommendation(s).
Samples received at the Plant Diagnostic Lab may be examined by plant
pathologists, nematologists, entomologists, agronomists, horticulturists,
or weed scientists, depending upon the sample. Responses are sent by
phone, e-mail, fax, or letter. Generally, our responses are made within
one week from the time of sample receipt. Some tests and /analyses
require more time. Before sending samples to the lab, consult our publications
for more information on the lab and for directions on collecting, packaging
and mailing plant, soil, and insect samples (ANR-450
ANR-114). Also, examine and download our
soil nematode (F-7),
and/or insect forms as appropriate.