Development of the NMSU Plant Diagnostic Clinic

Chronological Improvements in the NMSU Plant Diagnostic Clinic

The New Mexico State University Plant Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnostic services including identification of plant diseases and disorders, arthropod identification, weed and plant ID. With assistance from the National Plant Diagnostic Network and other diagnostic grants, our clinic has grown from a poorly funded, single discipline diagnostic clinic that processed approximately 350 disease samples annually; to a well-funded, integrated clinic that now processes approximately 9,000 disease, insect and plant identification samples annually (see graphic below). The diagnostic capability of the clinic has improved through increases in clinic staff, equipment and new techniques. As a result of increased capability, we have identified over 50 new pathogen-host interactions in New Mexico since 2003.

Plant Disease and Disorder Identification Clientele

The Plant Clinic provides services to anyone seeking assistance with plant problems. The pie chart shows which clienetle groups are utilizing the clinic for plant disease and disorder identification. 'University' submitted samples refer to any sample submitted through the Cooperative Extension Service (County agents and Extension Specialists) or from University Researchers. Clientele who utilize the Cooperative Extension Service include producers, crop consultants, nurseries, landscape professionals, master gardeners, golf course superintendents, and homeowners. These clientele groups occasionally submit sample directly to the lab. In that case, the submission is noted as 'Homeowners' for non-commercial submissions and 'Commercial' for business submissions. Regulatory agencies, such as the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture occasionally submit samples to the clinic. These samples are noted in the 'Regulatory' category. Lastly, the clinic participates in various national or regional disease surveys. Samples process as part of those activities are noted as 'Survey' samples.

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Percentage of disease and disorder samples submitted by clientele groups