Listed below are just a few helpful hints that may provide some additional assistance when troubleshooting plant related problems.
How to Use a Microscope source: UGA
How to Make a Wet Mount Slide source: UGA
How to Stain a Slide source: UGA
Making a Moisture Chamber source: UGA
How to Use a Stereo Microscope source: UGA
Plant Disease Library Source: UGA
Fungal Key Source: UGA
Additional Educational Resources
APHIS Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Image Gallery
EddMapS Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System - many photos of pests
University of Baltimore Digital Design Studio royalty free images
Center for Domestic Preparedness May provide training for your area
The basics of on-farm research design, data collection methods, and ways to improve data quality posted @ Plant Management Network Plant Management Network
Tennessee Invasives tninvasives.org, currently the site addresses Cogongrass issues
University of Nebraska - Lincoln Landscape Diagnostic Guide
ID This need help with identification, then go to IDThis
Amateur Entomologists' Society This site will help you ID insects
The Bugwood Network @ UGA
Plant Disease and Insect Identification
Master Gardener Training materials NPDN's Website, includes photos and factsheets of common pests.
SPDN's Website Southern Plant Diagnostic Network
Aids for Plant Disease Identification
Troubleshooting Abnormal Corn Ears and Related Disorders posted @ Ohio State University
Photos of Some Common Fungi and Nematodes Source: UGA, Plant Disease Library
NPDN's Diagnosticians Cookbook Items to aid in culturing fungi
BIOREBA Potato Leafroll Virus, Potato M, Potato V, Fire Blight assays
BIOREBA Bacterial and Viral Assays Ralstonia solanacearum, PVY and others
Envirologix Soybean Rust, Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus and other Assays
Fungal Key Source: UGA
A collaborative effort recently introduced "idsource", a specialized search tool for identifying the global maze of over 1,400 vetted websites that focus on identification of plant pest insects, diseases and weeds. The objective of the project is to help users rapidly find trustworthy websites for screening, detecting, and identifying one or more species among the multitude that exist.
Users of idsource, can access the massive database by alphabetical order, specific class of disease/pest, or key words. An interactive link is listed for each item, along with the originating organization, the site's contents, the nature of the material included (for example, fact sheets, screening aid, images), individualized notes about the site, and any user reviews to date.
This "gateway to disease/pest identification" was the joint work of the United States Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University. The original concept for idsource arose in 2006, and work was 1st launched at Australia's University of Queensland. To obtain more information concerning idsource, you may visit the website at:idsource.
This is a very useful tool for both plant pathologists and general users. Resources specific to nematodes need to be accessed as a separate list from the other pathogens. For both lists, subsets according to, for example, region, pathogen or crop groups can be selected at idsource subset search.
Weed Identification and Herbicide Injury Recognition
Herbicide Injury A gallery of photos
Oklahoma State University - Plant Sciences Dept. Weed ID., etc.
Iowa State Digital Weed ID iPad plugin available as well
http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-0975 Posted @ Alabama
http://www.caf.wvu.edu/~forage/library/poisonous a Tennessee publication housed @ another site
http://pub.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubs/PDF/C957 @ University of Georgia
How to get a high-resolution image from a low-resolution camera posted at zdnet.com
Notes from Underground Creating the perfect macro images
In the NPDN newsletter an article concerning proper lighting of images located at the end of the newsletter
Microscopes and Magnification: sources
Martin Microscope Our labs have purchased several (Meiji and Motic) scopes from this company.
- Fisher Scientific - Before you Buy Guide in PDF format
Spectrum Technologies, Inc. inexpensive scopes (IPM Scope and Macroscope) and other field tools.
Aven Five pocket-sized microscopes provide internal light for bright, clear examination of small objects. A clear acrylic base lets ambient light reach examined objects. Aven’s flip-open illuminated model, with an angled viewing tube, has 40x magnification and a measuring range of up to 4 mm. Three other battery-operated illuminated pocket scopes have 20x, 30x, and 50x magnification, respectively. The product line also includes a pen-sized 25x scope with a pocket clip and a metric-measurement glass reticle.
Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance and Tracking System For Extension Specialists and Researchers Only
Alerts and Alert Tools
Outbreaks Near Me for the iPhone
Outbreaks Near Me for other Smart phones - Just use your Smartphone browser
SPDN Southern Plant Diagnostic Network
NPDN National Plant Diagnostic Network
First Detector Training sponsored by NPDN
Assistance with Control
www.invasiveplantcontrol.com Invasive Plant Control Inc. (615) 385-4319.
New GPS App for BlackBerry, WinMo Locates Kidnapped Execs--and Wayward Staffers Executrac Mobile GPS Tracker from BrickHouse Security lets the office track your movements. This could be used to track your movement through the field to let you know where you have been in the event you run across some type of invasive pest.
Insect Pest Handbooks several books for sale of possible interest at the site.
Common Names of Plant Diseases @ APSnet
APSnet The American Phytopathological Society has various compedia for sale concerning many plant diseases and their control.
GPS Coordinates and Mapping tools
Google Lattitude for your phone, computer, or both.
Bing Maps Maps and driving directions
MapQuest Maps and driving directions
Digital Topo Maps Free printouts
GPS Visualizer is a free, easy-to-use online utility that creates maps and profiles from GPS data (tracks and waypoints, including GPX files), street addresses, or simple coordinates. Use it to see where you've been, plan where you're going, or visualize geographic data (business locations, scientific observations, events, customers, real estate, geotagged photos, etc.).
Connectivity on the Road
Sharing Digital Images(various websites for sharing your images)
- Pros - Free, slide show, music
- Cons -
Facebook a social network, which allows you to share images within the network, as well as outside the network.
- Pros - person viewing does not have to have an account (images must be sent to them via facebook), FREE, allows comments/descriptions.
- Cons - image size may be reduced in size by facebook, images have been known to be removed from site without warning, no image altering tools.
- Pros - FREE, allows 90-seconds of video uploads
- Cons - difficult to learn, default setting is public, limited storage and image size.
Fotki Free but cost $2.00 for some services
- Pros - FREE, 50MB of storage, visitor statistics, geotagging, slideshows.
- Cons - no editing software, no face recognition, no video uploads.
- Pros - FREE, allows short-video clips along side of photos, unlimited archive of high-res original photos, slideshows with music.
- Cons - disconnect between online app and download app.
- Pros - FREE, lots of storage, unlimited video uploads within storage limit, sales sites, blogs, editing tool.
- Cons - many ads, no drag and drop uploading, no face or geotagging, no straighten toos, bulk upload tool downsizes pictures, video, limited video editing, no full-scree view for slideshows and/or movies.
- Pros - FREE, geotagging in web albums, new blemish removal tool, improved red-eye removal, support for RAW camera files, syncs local edits with online images.
- Cons - atypical interface may confuse users
Webshots has much stock photography for use in your own projects for a modiest price.
- Pros - FREE, lots of storage space.
- Cons - Ads in free accounts, no real image editing/optimizing, no face or geo-tagging, No image editing beyond rotate and crop.
- Pros - FREE, excellent organization of photos, easy uploading, automatic face tagging, excellent panorama creation.
- Cons - no geotagging, no help with screen capture, people tagging trails, limited slideshow and special photo-effect options, no blemish remover, unsupported camera RAW formats.
Specimen Storage for Display and Preservation
Fisher Scientific slides, coverslips, insect observation, boxes
Other Useful Equipment
pH meter @ Pasco, SPARK Science Learning System PS-2008 and Earth Science Starter Sensor Bundle PS-2922
For more information concerning the diagnositic clinic, contact:
Dr. Frank Hale
Soil, Plant, and Pest Center
5201 Marchant Dr.
Nashville, TN 37211-5112
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