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Turf Diagnostic Labs

If you are in any doubt about the identity or cause of a turf problem, we highly recommend the use of a qualified turf diagnostician. Fortunately, there are several good labs around the U.S. who provide this service.  Check with your local land grant university and/or county extension agent for information on regional diagnostic laboratories. If none are available, the following labs provide nationwide services for reasonable fees. Labs should be contacted prior to sample shipment for specific preparation and shipping instructions.

Dr. William Crow
Dept of Entomology and Nematology
Univ. of Florida
PO Box 110620 Gainesville FL 32611-0620
PHONE: 352-392-1901 x 138
Service offered: ID of plant parasitic nematodes
Website: University of Florida

Dr. Clint Mattox
Oregon State University
Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab
33329 Peoria Rd
Corvallis, OR 97333
Website: OSU Diagnostic lab

Dr. John Kaminski
Turfgrass Pest Diagnostic Lab
Penn State 11 Tyson Building
1971 Shortlidge Road University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-0918
Website: Turfgrass Pest Diagnostic Lab

Dr. Philip Harmon
Rapid Turfgrass Diagnostic Service
University of Florida Extension Plant disease Clinic
Building 78, Mowry Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-0830
(352) 392 1795
Website: Rapid Turfgrass Diagnostic Service

Dr. Jim Kerns and Lee Butler
NC State Turf Diagnostic Lab
1575 Varsity Drive
Suite 1575
Module 6
Raleigh, NC 27695
PHONE: 919-513-3878
Service offered: ID of insect and disease pests
Website: North Carolina State University

Clarissa Balbalion, Director
Plant Disease and Nematode Diagnostic Laboratory
190 Bost-North Room, 9
Mississippi State, MS 39762-912
PHONE: 622-325-2146   Nematology: 662-325-8336
Website: Misissippi State University Plant Diseases and Nematode Diagnostic Services

Dr. Kate Entwhistle
The Turf Disease Centre
Waverley Cottage, Sherfield Road
Bramley, Hampshire RG26 5AG ENGLAND
PHONE: 01256 880246
Service offered: disease and nematode ID on turf samples from all countries, with the exception of the U.S. and Canada.
Website: Turf Disease Centre

Dr. Joe Vargas and Ron Detweiler
Michigan State University 102 CIPS
East Lansing, MI 48824-1311
PHONE: 517-353-9082
Service offered: ID of turf diseases
Website:Michigan State Website

Philip Lujan
New Mexico State University Plant Diagnostic Clinic
945 College Ave.
Skeen Hall N140
Las Cruces, NM 88003
PHONE: 575-646-1822
Service offered: disease diagnosis
Website:NMSU Plant Clinic website

Dr. Bruce Clarke and Richard Buckley
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Plant Diagnostic Laboratory
P.O. Box 550
Milltown, NJ 08850-0550
PHONE: 732-932-9140
Service offered: ID of turf diseases
Website: Rutgers Diagnostic Lab

Dr. Paul Koch (@uwpaul) and Kurt Hockemeyer (@kurtaculous)
University of Wisconsin
2502 County Highway M
Verona, WI 53593
PHONE: 608-845-2535
Website: University of Wisconsin Website

Dr. Raghuwinder (Nick) Singh
Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic
302 Life sciences Bldg. LSU AgCenter
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
PHONE: 225-578-4562
Website: Louisiana State University Turfgrass Diagnostic Laboratory Website

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