Cooperative Extension: Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

Effective Monday, May 18, 2020:

University of Maine Cooperative Extension buildings are CLOSED to the public until at least June 30, 2020 in an effort to ensure the health and safety of the community, and to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

However, please note that UMaine Extension is operating, staff are working remotely, and plant samples can now be submitted to the lab.

To contact the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, call 207.581.3883 or email alicyn.smart@maine.edu

The Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab and the Insect ID Lab are also still accepting digital samples sent by email. Submissions must include your name, phone number, business name, county, host plant, problem, date when symptoms were noted and good, in-focus images.


The Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab is part of the Pest Management Unit within the new UMaine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory.  The lab is also a part of the National Plant Diagnostic Network.


Diagnostic Lab Personnel:

  • Dr. Alicyn Smart, DPM — Plant Pathologist & Director of the Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Abigayl Novak — UMaine graduate student, Lab Technician III
  • Aashish Dhungana — UMaine undergraduate student, Lab Technician I
  • Sarah Dorey — UMaine undergraduate student, Lab Technician I

Additional Resources:


We are located at 17 Godfrey Drive in Orono, Maine, just off from Interstate 95, Exit #193 (not far from the Black Bear Inn).

Hours

(see notice above) 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday (closed holidays) (limited staffing currently due to COVID-19 and doors are locked through June 30th)