Issue 1, April 11, 2016

2016 Season at the University of Illinois Plant Clinic: Celebrating 40 Years of Diagnosing Plant Problems

Welcome to the 2016 Plant Clinic Season! We are open year round to serve your plant diagnostic needs. 2016 marks our 40th Anniversary, so make sure to stay connected with us on Facebook ( to celebrate.

Plant Clinic services include plant and insect identification, diagnosis of disease, insect, weed, and chemical injury problems (chemical injury on field crops only), nematode assays, and help with nutrient related problems, as well as recommendations involving these diagnoses. Microscopic examinations, laboratory culturing, virus assays, and nematode assays are some of the techniques used at the Plant Clinic. Many samples can be diagnosed within a few days. Should culturing be necessary, isolates may not be ready to make a final reading for 10-14 days. Nematode processing also requires 1-2 weeks depending on the procedure. We send your final diagnosis and invoice to you through both the US mail and email.

Please refer to our website at for additional details on samples, sample forms, fees, and services offered. If you have questions about what, where, when, or how to sample call us at 217-333-0519. When submitting a sample, please provide as much information as possible on the pattern of injury in the planting, the pattern on individual affected plants, and details describing how symptoms have changed over time to cause you concern. Pictures of the affected plants or areas can also be sent with the sample to give us a better idea of what is occurring in the environment.

Our fees vary depending on the procedure necessary. General diagnosis including culturing is $15, ELISA and other serological testing is $25, nematode analysis for SCN or PWN is $20, specialty nematode testing (such as corn) is $40. Checks should be made payable to the University of Illinois Plant Clinic. Please contact us if you are uncertain of which test is needed.

View of one of our diagnostic labs in Turner Hall.

Sending a sample through the mail:
University of Illinois Plant Clinic
S-417 Turner Hall
1102 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Other contact information:
Our telephone and voicemail number is 217-333-0519. Our email is Our Facebook address is and blog is located at

Dropping off a sample:
You can drop off samples at S-417 Turner Hall. Park in the metered lot F 28 on the east side of Turner or at the ACES Library metered lot on the west side of Turner. Come in the South door and take the elevator located in the SE corner of the building to 4th floor. Turn left when exiting the elevator; we are located along the south corridor of the 4th floor. Please use the green drop box located just outside S-417 if we are temporarily out of the office.

Plant Clinic location, S-417 Turner Hall, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana IL 61801.

We look forward to serving you this year! (Suzanne Bissonnette and Diane Plewa)

Suzanne Bissonnette
Diane Plewa

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