The Arkansas Plant Health Clinic
The Arkansas Plant Health Clinic, located in Fayetteville, Ark., is supported by the Cooperative Extension Service, (CES), as part of the Division of Agriculture. The clinic serves Arkansas growers, homeowners and nurserymen who have plant disease problems or other plant health issues. Each year, the state diagnostician identifies and diagnoses diseases on thousands of samples - everything from row crops to fruit trees, ornamentals and turf grass. The clinic also has a portable lab that Sherrie Smith takes to field days, flower and garden shows, and Master Gardener events.
Currently, Sherrie Smith, serves as Plant Diagnostician. Smith began her career at the Plant Health Clinic in January 2006 after completing her M.S. degree in plant pathology at the University of Arkansas. The Clinic is under the direction of the Plant Pathology Department Head, A. Rick Bennett.
Samples are submitted through county offices, and by walk-in at the Clinic. All samples are entered into the Plant Health Clinic's Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging database. www.dddi.org/ua/
DDDI samples are archived for documentation of individual activity, for later retrieval if necessary and for educational use.
Client information is easier to enter and retrieve when necessary.
Being Web-based, the system is available from any Internet-connected computer.
Image caption: Little Rock Flower and Garden Show with portable lab