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AgCenter Biotechnology Laboratory (ABL)

ABL provides selected core support services to research scientists in the AgCenter and the greater research community. ABL fosters partnership among individual scientists, academic units, private companies, and government agencies to create business opportunities that benefit Louisiana. Core support laboratories include a protein facility, animal cell culture, and animal model systems.

Plant Diagnostic Center

The Plant Diagnostic Center is a service of the LSU AgCenter and is supported by the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology. Routine plant diagnostic services are provided to extension personnel across Louisiana as well as to state residents at a charge of $20 per sample. The center diagnoses plant samples with problems caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, insect pests and mites, as well as nonpathogenic agents and weed identification.

Organic and Water Labs

These labs at the W.A. Callegari Environmental Center offer analytical services to research, public and private clientele. The labs perform more than 50 analytical procedures from simple to the most sophisticated determination of chemicals in water, solid and semi-solid materials.

Soil Testing Lab

The Soil Testing and Plant Analysis Laboratory offers a variety of soil, plant tissue and water tests to the general public and research community. With an integrated effort from both research and extension agronomists, the LSU AgCenter Soil Testing and Plant Laboratory is the only laboratory that incorporates latest Louisiana-specific soil fertility research in its recommendation system to help farmers to meet today's challenges in agricultural production.

Louisiana State Arthropod Museum (LSAM)

The LSAM serves the needs of the citizens of Louisiana as a source of insect and related arthropod identifications and information. LSAM staff typically identify over 2000 specimens each year for the Cooperative Extension Service, branch research stations, other universities, museums and institutions, state and federal agencies, pest control operators, agricultural consultants, businesses, and the general public. Basic identification and diagnosis are provided for $20 per sample or submitted photograph(s) (multiple photos of the same species count as one). We emphasize non-plant-based arthropods, especially urban and public health arthropods. LSAM also cooperates with the Plant Diagnostic Center for plant-based arthropods.

Ag Chemistry Lab

The Ag Chemistry Lab is part of the Department of Agricultural Chemistry. The lab provides analytical support for research and extension efforts of the LSU AgCenter as well as for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Analysis are performed on plant and animal tissues, soil, water, feeds, fertilizers, pesticides, agricultural chemicals and agricultural commodities. The laboratory will analyze these sample types for the general public for a fee.

Forage Lab

The laboratory is equipped to provide both NIRS (near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy) and conventional wet chemistry testing. Samples can be analyzed for dry matter (DM), neutral detergent fiber (NDF), acid detergent fiber (ADF), crude protein (CP) and minerals (Ca, P, Mg, K, Cu, Zn, Mn). The standard procedure for samples received by the laboratory includes DM (oven dried) and CP, NDF, ADF and TDN (Total Digestible Nutrients) estimated with NIRS. Wet chemistry is performed on samples unsuitable for NIRS analyses. Additional analyses, such as in vitro true digestibility (IVTD) and soluble nitrogen concentration, are also performed for many research projects.