Plant diseases can frustrate
gardeners and farmers alike. Now they can get help on battling plant diseases
from plant diagnostic labs with a free app for both iPhones and iPads.
The Plant Diagnostic Sample
Submission App, developed by Purdue University, is a joint effort with eight
universities to provide homeowners, gardeners, farmers and agricultural
specialists with a remote plant diagnostic option.
Dr. Kassie Conner, and a
plant pathologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says the app
is available all over the U.S. and allows the user to send samples to the
laboratory of choice.
“With the app, anyone can submit digital samples
to a participating university associated plant diagnostic lab,” Conner says. “The
app contains sample submission forms for every type of plant, from small
houseplants to large-scale agronomic crops.”
who works at the Auburn University Plant
says agents currently send photos for diagnosis and plant identification as
needed, but the app opens the doors for others to receive help in a timely
manner. She said in January 2014, there were 1677 app downloads.
the app, users fill out several forms by responding to simple, customized
questions to help professionals better understand the problem. Upon form
completion, there is an opportunity to add corresponding images. Samples are
processed in the order received and a response will be sent to the specific
email address with comments from a diagnostician.
says the Auburn University Plant Diagnostics Lab is waiving fees for
diagnostics submitted through the app from Alabama residents; but if additional
physical samples are required, traditional fees will apply.
fees are $15 per sample for homeowners, and $20 per sample for commercial
submissions. Fees for samples received outside of Alabama will be doubled: $30
for homeowners and $40 for commercial. This fee includes examination of a follow-up physical
sample if requested. An invoice will be sent to the email address provided if a
fee is required. Each diagnostic lab has specific fee policies, so users should
check with their preferred lab for details.
download the app, visit the iTunes App Store, or click on this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sample-submission/id669269520?mt=8 .
more information on the app, visit http://www.ppdl.purdue.edu/ppdl/hot13/8-12.html .
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