The Plant Diagnostic Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge is a one-stop shop for all plant health problems, which can be caused by pathogens, nematodes, insects and mites as well as by environmental conditions and weed pressures. Misdiagnosis of these problems may add to losses, increase cost and decrease profits. Services include disease diagnosis, insect and mite diagnosis and identification, nematode diagnosis and identification, and weed identification. Solving problems requires accurate information about the problem, including a detailed description of the symptoms and how they developed. A fresh sample of the problem plant – including healthy and damaged tissue – is a must so it is best to hand-deliver. You can also send digital images. Find the details of how to submit at www.lsuagcenter.com/plantdiagnostics.
(This article was published in the winter 2012 issue of Louisiana Agriculture magazine.)
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