The Plant Disease Information Office (PDIO) is part of the Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology of The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Dr. Sharon M. Douglas, Plant Pathologist and Head of this Department (Phone 203.974.8496, Email Sharon.Douglas@ct.gov), oversees these service efforts. The PDIO is a full-service plant disease diagnostic laboratory that assists all Connecticut stakeholders, including homeowners and professionals. Plant samples are diagnosed utilizing molecular, serological, biochemical, and traditional diagnostic methods. The PDIO also assists with inquiries about plants, plant identification, and plant health.
A brochure about the Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology is available (346 kb, 2 pages, PDF format*).
Dr. Yonghao Li, plant pathologist, (Yonghao.Li@ct.gov) is responsible for the office with the assistance of Ms. Mary K. Inman, horticultural technician, (Mary.Inman@ct.gov).
***PLEASE NOTE: The Plant Disease Information Office has been temporarily relocated to Jones Auditorium due to the renovation of Jenkins Laboratory. Jones Auditorium is located directly across from Jenkins and is accessible to all by elevator and stairway. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please call 203.974.8601 or 203.974.8606. Thank you for your patience.***
The Experiment Station's PDIO is a member of the National Plant Diagnostics Network (NPDN) http://www.npdn.org.
Link to BOXWOOD BLIGHT PAGE
-Begin to Scout for Late Blight of Tomato and Potato-
The recent weather has been favorite for late blight of tomato and potato, so it is important to start scouting for this destructive disease. It was confirmed on 10 June 2013 in WV on tomatoes in a greenhouse. It is very important for commercial growers and home gardeners to be on the lookout for late blight in their fields and community or backyard gardens. Information on this important disease can be found in the fact sheet Late Blight of Tomato and Potato in Connecticut--2012 (820 kb, 7 pages, PDF format*).
Any suspicious tomato or potato samples should be sent or brought to The Plant Disease Information Offfice for examination and diagnosis as soon as possible.
--New Tomato Fact Sheets--
Get ready for the growing season with two new fact sheets with color photos by Dr. Yonghao Li titled Anthracnose of Tomato (64 kb, 2 pages, PDF format*) and Powdery Mildew of Tomato (160 kb, 2 pages, PDF format*) are now available.
All fact sheets can be found in the Publications section of this PDIO website.
Coloring and Activity Books
The Experiment Station's Coloring and Activity Books for Kids are now available online in the Publications section of this PDIO website. These books highlight many topics of plants and agriculture in Connecticut and the activities of Station scientists. The newest edition, Coloring and Activity Book for Kids III (2011) (599 kb, 10 pages, PDF format*), is now available. It was edited and prepared by Dr. Sharon M. Douglas.
--Archived Disease Alerts--
Disease Alert- Downy Mildew of Impatiens (August 2012)
Disease Alert- Late Blight of Tomato and Potato (June 2012)
Newly revised and updated presentation by Sandy Anagnostakis titled Growing Chestnuts in the Northeast (6128kb, 48 pages, PDF format*).
Some previously posted presentations from meetings are archived and can be accessed by clicking here.
14 June 2013 (updated)
*NOTE: Some of these documents are provided in Adobe® Acrobat™ (.pdf) format. If you do not have Adobe® Acrobat™ Reader to view and/or print your these documents, you will need to download the Adobe® Acrobat™ Reader. To get a free copy of the software, click the "Get Acrobat" image.
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