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The new Auburn Plant Diagnostic Lab in Gulf Shores is offering services to Alabama residents and those in surrounding areas. Diagnostics include plant pest identification services, management advice and education for all agricultural crops, landscapes, home grounds and public gardens. The lab is dedicated to accurately identifying plant pests and providing science-based options for management strategies resulting in minimizing pesticide applications. The lab is actively involved in detecting new and invasive pests that pose significant limitations to agricultural production in Alabama and the United States. Specific services offered include plant disease diagnosis, insect identification and plant/weed identification.
The Plant Diagnostic Lab in Gulf Shores provides two major services:
*Please note that soil mineral analysis is performed at the Soil Testing Lab which is separate from the Plant Diagnostic Lab. The Soil Testing Lab can be reached at (334) 844-3958.*Nematode samples are evaluated at the Plant Diagnostic Lab on the Auburn Campus. Contact Kristie Siggers at (334)844-5506.
The accuracy of the diagnosis depends on the following:
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 including the diagnosis or identification and control recommendation(s) are provided after samples are examined, tested, analyzed, and/or identified. Results are sent by phone, e-mail, fax or letter. Generally, responses are made within one week of sample receipt. Fungal or bacterial identification in culture requires one to several weeks. Before sending samples to the lab, consult your county Extension office or the Plant Diagnostics Lab for more information on the lab and collecting, packaging and mailing plant, soil, and insect samples. Forms are available via county offices, or by contacting Marla Faver.
Please contact Marla Faver with questions or for additional information at (251) 620-7139.
Gulf Shores Plant Diagnostics Lab21541 County Road 8Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Article submitted by Ann Chambliss, Communications and Marketing, Alabama Cooperative Extension System