Plant Pathology

Plant Pathology

Diagnostic Labs

The University of Florida has resource plant diagnostic laboratories located in six regions of the state. The Gainesville lab serves as the main hub, with extension labs in five other counties in Florida. Each laboratory serves the surrounding counties through diagnosis of commercial, homeowner, and extension plant disease samples. If you have a diagnostic issue, you can contact any of these diagnostic labs.

Florida Diagnostic Plant Network map

  • UF IFAS Plant Diagnostic Center Main Campus (Gainesville)

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    The UF IFAS Plant Disease Center in Gainesville, FL is the resource diagnostic clinic for the Florida Plant Diagnostic Network and the location of the Rapid Turfgrass Diagnostic Service. UFPDC-Gainesville is also the hub clinic for the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network and a participating clinic in the National Plant Diagnostic Network. Specific areas of diagnostic expertise include: Asian Soybean Rust, Citrus Greening, Fusarium Wilt of Palm, Lethal Yellowing of Palm, Sudden Oak Death, and Extension samples for UF-IFAS Extension faculty and their clientele.Website Link

  • North Florida Research and Education Center Plant Disease Clinic (Quincy)

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    The Plant Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), Quincy is designed to provide plant disease and insect diagnostic services for any Florida resident interested in plant diseases and pests. The Clinic is a facility of NFREC and the Department of Plant Pathology at University of Florida/IFAS. This partnership allows the clinic to maintain a strong connection with the leading extension specialists and researchers in the field of Plant Pathology, Entomology, Nematology, Horticultural Sciences and Agronomy. 

  • Mid-Florida Research and Education Center Plant Diagnostic Clinic (Apopka)

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    For residents of northwest Orange County, a plant clinic is provided by the University of Florida - IFAS / Orange County Extension Service Master Gardeners and/or Urban Horticulturalists. Services include plant materials samples, sod samples, soil samples, insect samples. The plant clinic for homeowners is available on Tuesdays from 9:00am - 12:00pm.

  • Gulf Coast Research and Education Center Plant Clinic (Wimauma)

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    The GCREC Clinic is located at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Cener in Wimauma, FL. Samples that exhibit early symptom development and have plant parts that are still partially alive (green) offer the best quality samples for accurate plant disease diagnosis. Samples should be accompanied by a complete data form, which can be found here and is available at our center. The GCREC CLINC is open from 8-12:00 AM and 1-5:00 PM Monday - Friday (except for University Holidays).

  • Southwest Florida Research and Education Center Plant Diagnostic Clinic (Immokalee)

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    The SWFREC CLINIC is located at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center and is service provided to Florida residents thanks to the Plant Pathology Department of the IFAS, University of Florida in conjunction with the Cooperative Extension Service. Our primary goal is to determine if the plant problem dysfunction involves an infectious causal agent, e.g. fungus, bacterium or virus. This is done by associating causal agents with symptomatic plant tissue.

  • Tropical Research and Education Center Plant Diagnostic Clinic (Homestead)

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    The Clinic located at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, FL. is designed to provide plant disease diagnostic services including analysis of plant material for bacterial, fungal, viral, and nematode pathogens as well as the identification of insect pests. All diagnoses include appropriate control measures when available.