The TX Plant Clinic

TPDDL staff  in STAR-D "We did it!" pic

The TPDDL jumps for joy upon receiving STAR-D Lab Accreditation.

*****IMPORTANT NOTICE*******
Please be aware that we have NEW SUBMISSION FORMS; to double check to see if you are using the appropriate form look for the 6/17 in the top right corner. Also, we are in the process of updating our site’s information. Please continue to check back for updates. We thank you for your patience!

The Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, located in College Station, Texas, is a service lab of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University in conjunction with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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.

 

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 plantclinic@tamu.edu .  Thank you for your patience.


 

Check out articles from our BLOG. The latest blog post is featured below.  These are occasional articles of interest that are put together to share some happening in the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab.  And LIKE US on our Facebook Page.

 

Sending Samples?

Submission forms can be found on the Sample Submission Form page. Most will use Form D1178 for routine diagnosis.

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