The University of Massachusetts Amherst recognizes the importance of reliable and prompt diagnosis of plant problems for the turf, floriculture, vegetable, nursery, urban forestry and landscape industries. We serve farmers, horticulturists, landscape contractors, turf managers, arborists, nurseries, and others in agriculture and the green industries. The lab also assesses ticks for Lyme disease as a service to the public.
To insure that we continue to provide the most reliable service, all of our plant diagnostics expertise has been integrated into one location at 101 University Dr., Suite A-7, near the UMass Amherst campus. The diagnostics team of the UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab will be able to call upon each other's expertise to make fast and accurate diagnoses. Each diagnosis includes a written report with pest management strategies that are research based, economically sound, and environmentally appropriate for the situation.
Notes for Diagnostic Sample Submission:
A completed Diagnostic Form is required for each specimen (or particular problem). Diagnostic forms for various types of samples, along with instructions, can be accessed by following the links below. Remember that accurate diagnosis requires both a representative sample and sufficient information about the cultural practices and environmental conditions associated with the problem. The information you record on the form can be more important to the diagnosis than the sample itself! Photos of the problem are also extremely helpful. No sample will be diagnosed without a completed submission form.
There is a fee per specimen (or particular problem) payable to the University of Massachusetts, and the appropriate fee must accompany each sample. The UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab will call and/or send a written report when a conclusion has been reached on the diagnosis or identification. Detailed management recommendations are included with disease, insect, and weed diagnoses.
Please select a service for detailed sample submission information: