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Recent Plant Diagnostic Lab News

About Us

The UConn Plant Diagnostic Laboratory diagnoses plant problems including diseases, insect pests and abiotic causes.  Techniques used for diagnosis include visual inspection, digital images, microscopy, incubation, baiting, culture, nematode services, and serological tests. When needed, soil or tissue analysis is recommended through the UConn Soil Testing Laboratory to supplement these analyses.

The lab is a member of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN).  NPDN works to prevent the introduction and spread of non-native plant pests and pathogens that have the potential to cause significant damage to plants in agriculture, the green industry, landscapes and natural settings.  NPDN-affiliated diagnosticians and others receive training and information on pest and pathogen identification and pest alerts.

Contact Us

Phone: 860-486-6271
PlantDiagnosticLab@uconn.edu
Address: Ratcliffe Hicks Building & Arena Room 008
1380 Storrs Rd, Unit 4115
Storrs, CT 06269


Check out what our diagnostician is seeing in the lab and in the field!

🎙Calling all UConn undergrads🎙
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Are you looking for work this summer? Apply for @uconnextension ‘s Plant Diagnostic & Horticulture Intern position at the Plant Diagnostic Lab! .
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🌿🍃Work collaboratively to diagnose CT’s plant health problems, and get creative with science communication. .
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⏱⏰🕰Act fast—applications are due March 1 at 11:55pm. For more information and to apply, visit s.uconn.edu/intern (link in bio). .
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#UConn #UConnnation #UConnundergrads #ecohouse #UConnpsla #UConnImpact #uconnect #uconncahnr #uconnhuskies @uconncahnr @uconncahnrstudents
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📣📣Now Announcing📣📣
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. The UConn Plant Diagnostic Lab just launched a brand new hot water seed treatment service, thanks to funding from New England Vegetable & Berry Growers Association and the @uconncahnr Innovation in Extension Programming Award.
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🥕Do you save your own seeds and want to ensure they’re clean for the next season? Hot water seed treatment might be for you! .
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🍅Have you struggled with plant diseases in the past and want to be better prepared this year? Hot water seed treatment might be for you! .
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. 🥦Have you been interested in treating your seeds but not wanted to use chemical treatments? Hot water seed treatment might be for you!
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Hot water seed treatment is for vegetable and select herb seeds. The goal of hot water seed treatment is to eradicate pathogens that infest seeds. Hot water treatment enables you to start with clean seed, and strong cultural management practices (i.e. crop rotation, field sanitation, scouting, etc.) will still be important to implement on plants that grew from hot water treated seed.

For more information about the service, crops eligible for the treatment, and common diseases caused by seed borne pathogens, visit our website: plant.lab.uconn.edu/hwst (link in bio). Stay tuned for videos and IG stories about hot water seed treatment too!

#plant #lab #sick #vegetable #herb #organic #conventional #plantbased #farm #farming #seeds #seedstarting #seedborne #seedborn #bacteria #virus #fungi #transplants #plugs #seedpacket #seed #seeding
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Are you over winter already and looking to get started planning your 2020 garden? @uricoopext is offering a huge selection of FREE seeds, generously donated by Burpee to anyone in New England, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. All you have to pay is the cost of shipping.

Do you know any growers, non-profits, or schools that could use these seeds, or even yourself? Tag them here! Check out their website, link above and in bio. 🌿🍃🌱
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#sick #plants #seeds #seedpackets #planting #garden #gardening #plantparent #university #extension #extensions #extensionspecialist #mastergardener
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Have you seen a tree that looks like this when taking a walk in the woods? These holes were caused by woodpeckers, who bore holes into soft spots on tree bark when they’re looking for tasty insects to snack on.
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#trees #tree #wood #woodpecker #birds #planthealth #sick #plants #science #ornithology #forest #snow #plantbased #plantsofig #plantparent #plantparenthood #uconnimpact
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Lichens come in lots of beautiful colors and are often seen growing on trees, rocks, and walls. Lichens sometime get a bad rap—they get blamed for causing plan diseases. .
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People often see lichens and see their plant not doing well, and make the wrong association that it’s the lichen causing the problem. When really, lichens like to grow on trees when they’re declining anyway (and lots of other reasons too 😌).
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#lichen #lichens #lichenology #sick #plants #trees #forests #rocks #plantsofinstagram #plantsofig #mycology #algae #plantparent #plantparentsofinstagram #plantbased #fungi #mycology #science #agriculture #woodland #plantparenthood #ornamental
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Do you have a plant question you’ve always wanted answered, but haven’t known who to ask? Drop a question, suggestion, or idea in today’s @sick__plants story!
Your questions will be used in future #sickplants posts and stories.

By the way, this sick plant has Nectria canker. This disease can infect 60+ species of trees, making them vulnerable to other illnesses when the trees are stressed. .
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#sick #plants #mycology #fungi #biology #science #lab #microbiology #plant #plantquestions #plantparent #plantparenthood #trees #ornamentals #microscopy #gardening #diagnostics #plantsofinstagram #plantsofig #gardens #gardensofinstagram #gardensofig #uglyplants #sickplants #fungus #planthelp #plantbased #houseplants #plantcare #plantcaretips
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Here we go! Welcome to @sick__plants, the sick instagram account that documents my work as a plant pathologist. Expect to see some crazy symptoms, weird insects, strange plants, and maybe a few mysteries thrown into the mix. 🤒🌿
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#sick #plants #mycology #fungi #biology #science #lab #microbiology #plantpathology #plantpathologynerd #plantparent #plantparents #trees #ornamentals #microscopy #scientist #scientists #gardening #diagnostics #plantdiagnostics #plantsofinstagram #plantdisease
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