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Identifying bacterial infections in submitted plant samples.

This is another assignment submitted by BESC484 student, B. Commer, as a partial requirement for the course.  We typically get an uptick of bacterial issue showing up in the TX Plant Clinic in the fall. One of the student’s assignment is to document what they do in a manner to explain to non-plant pathologist or microbiologist what they do.  Enjoy- KO   Ever wonder just how the diagnostician can confirm bacterial plant pathogens? It starts with a very simple yet fascinating test to check for what is called… Read More →

The Plant Clinic’s newest crew member.

A little over two weeks ago,  we welcomed a new employee to the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab.  Ms. Hailey Edwards was hired as the Business Assistant for the Plant Clinic. Her task includes handling business functions for the diagnostic lab, assisting in processing incoming plant samples, and providing administrative and clerical support to the lab.  Hailey has recently graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Horticulture. One of her task would be to provide customer service support to our clientele. The Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab… Read More →

Mushroom rings invading your yard?

This is another assignment submitted by BESC484 student, B. Commer, as a partial requirement for the course.  This was a situation that was pretty rampant 1-2 weeks ago after the rain we got in many parts of Texas.  Some of these mushroom are still present.  Enjoy- KO   Are mushroom rings invading you yard? Over fifty different species of fungi have a unique characteristic of creating circular patches of mycelium lined with fruiting bodies on the outer edge. Grasses and turfs are most susceptible to these mushroom “fairy… Read More →

Resources mentioned at the 2nd Annual Fruit Conference

Today, I had the opportunity to speak to the participants in the 2nd annual Texas Fruit Conference. I was given the topic of “Stone fruit disease management: homeowner versus commercial”. Majority of the participants in this meeting are commercial growers and hobbyists. My talk contrasted the differences between a commercial grower and a homeowner: the number of plants that deal with, the different level of management, the amount and type of inputs, and the stakes that are involved. Two common peach diseases that occur in Texas were used… Read More →

Actinopelte Leaf spot

The following is a blog post writing assignment from 2013 summer BURS (Bioenvironmental Undergraduate Research Scholar) and BESC 484 student, A. Brake.  As previously mentioned, the student is asked to submit a short write up of something that interest them (related to plant pathology) which they may have seen or heard about in the Plant Clinic.  They are also highly encouraged to take photographs of subject (training in photo documentation).  Ms. Brake submitted a couple of excellent photo with her assignment below where she used a Dino-lite digital… Read More →