The UF/IFAS Plant Diagnostic Center
Samples should be submitted so that they are received by noon December 14th so that we can complete them before the holiday. Samples arriving at the lab after December 14th may not be processed before the holiday, and will be unfit for diagnosis upon our return. We will resume our regular schedule on Tuesday, January 3rd. Emergency diagnostic issues should be called in to the lab director at 352-871-5156.
The UF/IFAS Plant Diagnostic Center in Gainesville (PDC-GNV) is the resource plant diagnostic laboratory for the citizens of Florida, the Florida Plant Diagnostic Network, and is the location of the Rapid Turfgrass Diagnostic Service. We are available Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (except state and UF holidays) and can be reached at (352) 392-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The PDC-GNV is also the hub lab for the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network and a major participant in the National Plant Diagnostic Network. Our lab is accredited through the NPDN’s ISO17025-based STAR-D program.
The PDC-GNV serves the state and region through diagnosis of commercial, homeowner, and extension plant disease samples submitted to the laboratory for turf, ornamentals, fruits and vegetables, and other plants. Specific areas of diagnostic expertise include: Turf, palm, and blueberry diseases, Asian soybean rust, citrus greening, Fusarium and phytoplasma wilts of palm, bacterial leaf scorch and red ringspot virus of blueberry, phytoplasmas, and sudden oak death/ramorum blight. The FEPDC can now accept and diagnose samples from outside the US. Please contact us at (352) 392-1795 for forms, permits, and more information on our international service.
FEPDC-Gainesville personnel support the educational and outreach activities of the Department of Plant Pathology by providing assistantships and internships for Doctor of Plant Medicine and other graduate students, through participation in departmental courses, and by providing Extension Agent and Master Gardener training.