Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic at UNL

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448 Plant Science Hall
1875 North 38th Street
Lincoln, NE 68583-0722
(402) 472-2559

Due to the University of Nebraska's response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the P&PDC will be staffed on a part-time basis.  We are still recieving and processing samples, however much of the work will be done outside of work hours or behind closed doors in order to limit exposure.  We ask  clientele dropping off samples in person fill out a Sample ID form and leave sample material on the table outside of 448 Plant Science Hall.  Samples may still be mailed to the clinic.  

For questions or concerns, please contact Kyle Broderick at kbroderick2@unl.edu.  Until the P&PDC is reopened, please send pictures of diseases, insects, or plants to ID.  Thank you for your patience during this time.  

The UNL Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic in Lincoln offers crop-related services in the following areas:

Plant Pathology — Services for any type of plant, including field crops, turfgrass, fruits, ornamentals, trees, vegetables and others. Diseases are caused by biotic or living agents such as bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and viruses. Diseases are also caused by abiotic, or non-living factors such as nutrient deficiencies, temperature stress, water stress or a combination of several of these factors.

Entomology — Identification and information on insects, mites, spiders, and other related arthropods. Samples may be submitted from a variety of indoor and outdoor sources, including field and horticulture crops, ornamentals, structural and aquatic environments, as well as human, livestock and pets.

Agronomy (Weed Science) — Dependable diagnostic information for weed identification and herbicide injury. Herbicide injury is determined solely on a visual inspection of the plant sample provided; no chemical analysis is performed. Chemical and cultural control practices accompany weed identifications. In addition, information can be provided on herbicide use and symptoms of herbicide injury.

Directions to the Clinic

From Interstate 80

Take the 27th St. Exit. Go south on 27th St. to Cornhusker Hwy.  Turn left and go to North 33rd St. Turn right on North 33rd, go up over the railroad tracks and past one stop light.  Go to East Campus Loop (the Nebraska Game & Parks Building) and turn left.  Follow the road to a four-way stop.  Turn right and continue to the T intersection.  The big brick building across from the T intersection is Plant Sciences.  There is a parking lot to the east of the building.

From South Lincoln

Go to O St., then north on North 33rd St. past Holdrege to the East Campus Loop (Nebraska Game & Parks Building) and turn right.  Follow the road to a four-way stop. Turn right and continue to the T intersection. The big brick building across from the T intersection is Plant Sciences.  There is a parking lot to the east of the building.

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