A key facility of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is the UF/IFAS TREC Plant Diagnostic Clinic is (UF/IFAS) located at the Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) in Homestead, Florida. The clinic’s mission is to provide diagnostic services and support to commercial growers, landscapers, nursery operators, extension agents, and homeowners in the identification and management of plant health issues.
Tropical Research and Education Center
18905 S.W. 280 Street
Homestead, FL 33031
Phone: (305) 246-7000
The UF/IFAS TREC Plant Diagnostic Clinic offers a range of diagnostic services, including:
Disease diagnosis: The clinic is equipped to identify various plant diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. The staff uses advanced diagnostic techniques, including microscopy, serological tests, and molecular methods to accurately identify the causal agents of disease.
Insect identification: The clinic provides assistance in identifying and managing insect pests, offering recommendations for integrated pest management (IPM) strategies to reduce their impact on plant health.
Nutrient deficiency diagnosis: The clinic can help determine nutrient deficiencies or imbalances by analyzing plant tissue samples and soil samples. Based on the results, the clinic provides recommendations on appropriate fertilization and soil management practices to improve plant health.
Nematode assay: The clinic offers nematode extraction and identification services to help growers manage nematode problems in their fields or nurseries.
Educational outreach: The clinic provides educational resources, workshops, and training programs to help growers, landscapers, and homeowners better understand and manage plant health issues.
When submitting samples to the UF/IFAS TREC Plant Diagnostic Clinic, follow these guidelines:
Complete a submission form with relevant information about the sample, including the grower’s contact information, plant species, symptoms, and any other pertinent details.
Collect and package the samples following the clinic’s guidelines to ensure accurate diagnosis.
Label the samples clearly, including the date, location, plant species, and a brief description of the observed symptoms.
Choose an appropriate shipping method, such as overnight or express shipping, to ensure the samples arrive at the clinic in good condition.
Contact the clinic to notify them of the incoming samples and confirm any associated fees for diagnostic services.
For more information on the UF/IFAS TREC Plant Diagnostic Clinic, including their hours of operation, fees, and additional resources, visit their website or call the clinic directly at (305) 246-7000.
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