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1999 Integrated Pest Management Annual Report

Plant Clinic Activities

The University of Illinois Plant Clinic serves homeowners and grain exporters. Operating from May to September, the clinic offers plant problem diagnostic services to the public, including disease identification, insect and insect injury identification, visual assessment of herbicide injury on field crops, plant identification, nematode analyses, and nutritional and cultural problem assessment.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture phytosanitary inspection program requires field inspections before grain can be exported. An important function of the clinic is to assess the plant samples collected by field scouts for diseases, and to evaluate field crops for potential exportation. In 1998, the Plant Clinic conducted over 1,000 of these inspections for the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Diseased plant
Disease identification is one of many services provided by the U of I Plant Clinic.

Pathologists discuss diseases
Two pathologists discuss possible diseases while examining a pine tree sample.

Pathologist using microscope
Often, examinations by microscope are necessary to identify fungal structures, insects, abnormal growths, or soybean cyst nematodes.

For more information, contact:

Nancy Pataky, npataky@uiuc.edu

Crop Sciences
University of Illinois Plant Clinic
1401 W. St. Mary’s Road
Urbana, IL 61802
(217)333-0519

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