About Us

5/4/20: Update about lab operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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!

We’re back! Beginning May 5th, we will resume accepting physical plant samples. Please note, only mail-in samples will be accepted at this time, due to some restrictions that remain on the UConn campus.
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Head to the link in my bio to read more information about mailing in a sample to the lab, and check out today’s IG story (also saved in highlights)
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Of course, we’ll still be accepting digital submissions via DM or email: PlantDiagnosticLab@uconn.edu.
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Continue to stay safe at home! We’ll get through this together.
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@uconnpsla @uconnextension #uconnimpact #sick #plants #diagnostic #lab #open #samples #plantparent #gardening #victorygarden #garden #growfood #ornamentalplant #connecticut #ctgrown #ctflorist #ctcloseup #plantpathology
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Ramps are up in Connecticut!
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Ramps (Allium tricoccum) are found in moist woodlands in the Eastern US. They have a short season (about one month), and coming upon a patch can feel like hitting the jackpot 🎰!
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The whole plant is edible, and the stem and leaves have a sweet spinach-onion flavor.
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Foraging for ramps has become very popular in recent years, to the point that natural patches are not regenerating. Ramps are listed as a species of concern in Rhode Island, Maine, and Tennessee. .
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To engage in responsible, sustainable ramp foraging, follow these steps:
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1️⃣ Check your state’s foraging laws to confirm any regulations or restrictions.
2️⃣ It’s ok to take some full plants, but leave most of the bulbs in the ground.
3️⃣Cut plants at the soil line with a sharp knife so the roots are undamaged and can generate new plants.
4️⃣Harvest only 10% of the patch you find—this will help preserve the patch for next year.
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Happy hunting!
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#sick #plants #woodland #forest #deciduous #ramps #rampseason #forage #forager #foragers #connecticut #tree #sustainable #sustainability #earthday #arborday #uconnimpact #earth #plantparent #plantparenthood #plantbased #iyph2020 #planthealthisyourhealth #colorstory
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Have you been looking for ways to support essential workers and get safe produce?
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In Connecticut, @CTNOFA and #ctgrown partnered up to create an interactive map of all farmers' markets and farm stands that are still open during this time. Many of them are doing online ordering, curbside pickup, and other safe delivery methods!
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Support #localfood and #EssentialWorkers. Check out the full map at the link in bio To find a spot near you in CT.
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If you’re not in CT, check out your state’s department of agriculture website to find a similar list!
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If you’re a CT Grower, to get added to the map, click the link in bio.

@uconnextension #uconnimpact #support #connecticut #agriculture #ctgrown #eatlocal #essentialworkers #safety #produce #growers #farmers #nutmeggers #localfood #interactivemap #mapping #maps #curbsidepickup #curbside
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