2019 Morel Mushroom Certification Registration Open
To see all details of the morel certification workshop this year, but also future updates, visit the morel certification page at http://bit.ly/morel-cert
Shade tree resources
The following resources can help while investigating a shade tree problem. the list of resources is compiled and reviewed every spring in preparation for the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic hands-on workshop "Diagnosing Health Problems of Woody Plants" during the annual Shade tree short course in Ames IA.
Soybean Cyst Nematode Sample Submission
The PIDC provides soybean cyst nematode egg counts, information about thresholds, and rotation information. If you are looking for Hg-type testing, look into services from the University of Missouri SCN Diagnostics Lab and the University of Illinois Plant Clinic.
Boxwood Lovers: Beware of the Blight
Although boxwoods (Buxus sp.) are not native to the U.S., their versatility has made them one of the most popular shrubs for edging, hedges, and topiaries in classic and modern landscapes. We at Iowa Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic see few foliar diseases of boxwood, but most commonly we receive photos and samples with symptoms of winter injury.
Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update – May 23, 2018
The following are highlights and updates about sample submissions for our different services (identification or Plant problem diagnosis 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.
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.
Submitting annual plants
Observe symptoms and patterns, document what you see with pictures while inspecting the plants (close-up and general distribution in the field, greenhouse, high tunnel etc.) and share with us.
General Tips When Scouting and Sampling Agricultural Crops
Complete Nematode (Corn/Turf) Sample Submission
The PIDC provides identification and counts of the nematodes that feed on grasses (corn and turfgrass). We provide information about the nematode species, thresholds, and management information. We can also identify nematodes on other plants, but please contact us for specific sampling instructions. If you are looking for information on submitting SCN (soybean cyst nematodes) samples please click here.
Digital Photography (Plant problems)
Digital images of plant problems symptoms and mushrooms (causing rots on woody plants) can be very useful for diagnosis and identification. Digital pictures are free and easy to submit. We do not provide diagnosis or identification on an image only because it is not feasible in most cases to make even a good guess, but we will accept images in order to assist in determining what type of sample is most appropriate. Here are tips to help send better pictures.