The Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

Pedro Uribe, Ph.D., joins lab as tactical science specialist

Pedro Uribe

Pedro Uribe

June 17, 2021 — A special welcome to Pedro Uribe, Ph.D., who joins Texas A&M AgriLife as the new plant diagnostics and tactical science specialist at the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab. In addition to performing plant diagnostics at the lab, Uribe — who joins the Texas A&M University Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology — will coordinate several federal pest surveys like the National Stone Fruit Survey in Texas. His recent work has focused on fungal and viral diseases affecting potatoes, Canna edulis (a sister of canna lily) and green peas. Uribe will work alongside fruit growers across the state conducting field surveys to monitor for pests and pathogens of concern to the U.S. and Texas.

Visit Uribe’s faculty profile page for information.


June 30th, 2021 — Hear ye, Hear ye, Hear ye to our new and loyal customers, we have switched to our new invoicing system. When sending in a sample to us, you will need to fill out the AG-257  form before we can begin examination. (link to form here). The AG-257 requires a social security number or tax ID# therefore, if you are a homeowner and do not want to provide your social security number you are welcome to send a check in with your sample. We will not be able to bill anyone without the Ag-257 form.  Thank you

The TX Plant Disease Diagnostic Labs are operational and getting back to the “new normal”. 

Please contact us by email IF you have received an invoice but not the report OR had not heard anything 15 business days (3 weeks) after submission of sample. We have instituted an email receipt reply notification to inform the submitter when we receive their sample and to provide a sample reference number for future inquiries related to that sample.

Homeowners are encouraged to check with their local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county office for local assistance first.

Please check with the lab prior to sending samples to check on operational status: updated information will be posted here and on our Facebook page ( 

Thank you for your patience and your support of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Labs.


About The Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

Located in College Station, The Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service lab managed by the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University.
The Texas High Plains Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory  is located at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center in Amarillo. The THPPDDL specialized in disease diagnostics of small grains and row crops.

Our Mission

To provide accurate and timely plant disease diagnostic support to AgriLife Extension & Research personnel, Texas Department of Agriculture, the agriculture/green industry and the people of Texas to protect and secure our plant resources and to promote economic competitiveness.

Our History

The idea for a plant disease diagnostic service at Texas A&M University started in 1956, when Dr. Harlan Smith, the Extension plant pathologist, used it as a way to provide support to Extension personnel and growers/farmers.  In 1982, the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (TPDDL) was formally established, with the appointment of Dr. Larry Barnes as its first director. In 2002, the TPDDL was called upon to be one of many universities and state labs around the country to participate in the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) and perspective region, the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network (SPDN).  This network seeks to support a (i) secure regional network for the detection and diagnosis of plant health problems, (ii) extend and support sound public policies, implement rapid and accurate diagnoses, and response strategies, and (iii) provide leadership and training. Currently, the clinic processes, on average, 2660 samples annually and supports/manages different projects under the direction of Dr. Kevin Ong and Lead Diagnostician, Sheila McBride.

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For assistance with plant health issues, please contact your local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension county office.  If contacting us, please email to get a quicker response. Our email contact is .  Thank you for your patience.