May 11, 2018

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic New Location, Form and Page

Check our new website clinic.ipm.iastate.edu we added more photos and videos!

We are happy to announce we are fully functional in our new location. We have settled into our beautiful new clinic and are open for business again. See more photos in this Facebook post.

New address:

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic

2445 ATRB,

2213 Pammel Dr.

Iowa State University 

Ames, IA 50011 

(515) 294-0581 *  pidc@iastate.edu 

Master Gardener Corner


Plant Sales!

You can find good plants for your garden and excellent advice on how to select and care for them at your local Master Gardener plant sale. Fourteen plant sales are already listed with more to be added.  See the list of Master Gardener Upcoming Events on the Iowa Master Gardener website.

Summer Webcasts

Groundcovers for Shade


Attempting to grow grass under large shade trees is difficult and frustrating.  Because of unfavorable growing conditions, grass doesn’t grow well in shady areas.  A shade tolerant groundcover is an excellent alternative to turfgrass in shady areas.  A partial list of groundcovers that grow well in partial to heavy shade is provided below. 

Mycology for Kids- Part 1


During mid-April, our Diagnostician Lina was interviewed by a young gentleman for his school project. He wanted to learn about Mushrooms, mushroom identification, Mycology and meet with the diagnostician to understand what she does at the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic 

This video is part of a series of videos from that interview. We discussed how do we identify mushroom in the clinic, and how the clinic helps train Iowa citizens to recognize true morel mushrooms, avoid false morels and be certified to sell true morel in the state of Iowa legally.  

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update – May 11, 2018


The following are highlights and updates about sample submissions from fruit, vegetables, and ornamentals, and questions recently received in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. Visit the PIDC's Facebook page for updates and more pictures. For more information on a particular disease or insect problem listed, follow the article cited.

This table lists our most common diagnosis from April 27 to May 11, 2018