The Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab is looking for a students who are interested in gaining some experience in an applied plant pathology service laboratory. Undergraduate Extension (Lab) assistant to assist Diagnostician and Assistant Diagnostician at the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab to perform various diagnostic analysis on plant specimens. This is an opportunity of the motivated student gain lab work experience. Student will be trained to perform specific lab task as needed. Desirable skills and knowledge include familiarity with computer, some basic lab skill (chemistry/biochemistry/biology/microbiology). To apply: please send resume… Read More →
Mid-September 2015 The last four weeks, I got at least 3 questions regarding why junipers or pines are dying. Often the story is that there is one or two plants that are affected in amongst a bunch of trees. Symptoms usually begins with several branches exhibiting die-back, gradually gets worse.Some narrative states that the plant appear to die quickly one the dieback started. SO what is going on…. I remember back in 2007… The scenario = 2005/2006 hard drought years and 2007 wet spring, mild temperature thru… Read More →
In the past few weeks, I have been getting calls about poor looking and unhealthy oak trees… all kinds of oaks (mostly live, red and post). In the last 7 days, I think I got at least 3 phone calls asking about post oaks loosing their leaves. I hear panic and worry. At home, I look to Mr. Tree. Mr. Tree is our post oak (a name affectionately given by the wife to describe the tree to our youngling). The home that we have is about 14 years… Read More →
Posting some news about bacterial blight of cotton issues that is currently going on in Texas. The URL link below point to a pdf document containing information (brief update) provided by Dr. Jason Woodward (Extension Plant Pathologist) and Dr. Terry Wheeler (Research Pathologist), both located at the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center in Lubbock, TX. They have made some “peculiar observations” of bacterial blight on cotton varieties that were previously documented as resistant. This note provide growers, consultant and county agents descriptions and images to help with recognizing… Read More →
Please welcome Ms. Joyce Soliz who joins us on June 22, 2015 as the TPDDL Secretary (Extension Business Assistant III). Ms. Soliz will be assisting in the data entry of samples. She will also be providing client inquiry support and redirecting client to appropriate TPDDL personnel. TPDDL client sample inquiry (phone) support is available from 9:00am -12:00noon and 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Monday to Friday.