Instructions for Collecting, Preparing and Mailing Plant Disease and Insect Specimens

  1. Obtain an Insect and Plant Disease Information Sheet* by clicking on this link OR contact or visit your local UT Extension office. PleasePlant sample complete the information on the upper
    portion of the information sheet and provide as much information as possible for the sample being submitted.

  2. Please send generous amounts of material for sample. Enclose plant material in plastic bags. Never add water to any samples, never mix several host (insect) species in a single bag, and avoid loose soil.

  3. Send specimens to the Center immediately after collecting. If this is not possible and a holdover is encountered, keep specimen(s) cold. Mail packages to arrive on weekdays (Monday thru Friday) rather than during a weekend or holiday.

  4. Protect specimen(s) from being crushed in the mail. Place insects in a vial of alcohol and sent in a mailing tube.

  5. If general decline or dying plants is observed, send whole plants showing early symptoms, with roots and adjacent soil intact. Dig up carefully. If a field crop, send several plants. Dead plants are useless for examination.

  6. When it is not possible to send whole plants, always send generous samples of above-ground portions (showing early symptoms), a least a pint of soil and a good handful of feeder roots. This especially applies to large ornamentals, shrubbery, evergreens and small trees. Be sure to enclose all materials in plastic bags.

  7. When localized infections, such as cankers, leaf spots and rots, are involved, send specimens representing early and moderate stages of disease. For cankers, include healthy portions from above and below disease area.

  8. Dead plants, material that is dry or decomposing on arrival and specimens arriving without necessary information and payment CANNOT be diagnosed.

  9. Send specimen(s), Insect and Plant Disease Information Sheet,* and appropriate fees to the Soil, Plant and Pest Center (see fee information on the SPPC Fee Schedule​). Do not place information sheet and payment inside the sample bag. Fees can also be paid by credit card using the secure UT Institute of Agriculture eMarketplace site. Pay online at the UTIA e-Marketplace.
 

Instructions for Collecting and Submitting Fescue Endophyte Specimens

  1. Obtain an Insect and Plant Disease Information Sheet​* by clicking on this link OR contact or visit your local UT Extension office. Please complete the information on the upper portion of the information sheet and provide as much information as possible for the sample being submitted.

  2. Actively growing tall fescue tillers (stems) should be collected from pastures ideally from May through November. As the assay is conducted by staining leaf tissue, leaves should be intact and not removed from the stems. There is no need to send soil or roots.

  3. Cut tillers (stems) at soil level—one per clump of fescue. A total of 30 tillers should be collected from the pasture to be sampled. tillers should be placed in a plastic bag with a dry paper towel to absorb any excess moisture and shipped to the lab as soon as possible.

  4. This assay is not suitable for hay, seed or grass species other than tall fescue.

  5. Send specimen(s), Insect and Plant Disease Information Sheet​​,* and appropriate fees to the Soil, Plant and Pest Center (see address and fee information on the Insect and Plant Disease Information Sheet). Do not place information sheet and payment inside the sample bag. Fees can also be paid by credit card using the secure UT Institute of Agriculture eMarketplace site. Pay online at the UTIA e-Marketplace.

 

Sample Fees

Please refer to the Soil, Plant and Pest Center Fee Schedule​.* The fees are effective July 1, 2014.
 

 
 
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