Agricultural diagnostic services in Alachua County available during COVID-19 outbreak
Pests and diseases don’t stop during an epidemic, but multiple services typically available for growers have been disrupted. Below, find some of the latest updates on the availability of diagnostic services. Phone numbers for the different labs are provided and we encourage you to call before submitting/shipping your sample:
*During the outbreak, the highest priority will be given to agricultural producers. Submitters are encouraged to take advantage of electronic submissions as much as possible.
- Distant Diagnostic and Identification System (DDIS) – Electronic. Available always
You can submit pictures of pests and symptomatic plants for identification. Once you become a user on the site, you can submit multiple inquiries. Information on how to sample and guidelines to submit your photos is available.
- UF Plant Diagnostic Center in Gainesville – Open for shipped and dropped off samples.
Turnaround times might be longer due to reduced personnel. Sample submission forms can be found on the website. Please call the lab before shipping. If you are personally delivering a sample to the lab, leave it inside the refrigerator located outside the door of the lab and complete the form available.
Address: 2570 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32603
Working hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-4:00 pm
- UF Nematode Assay Lab in Gainesville – Open for shipped and dropped off samples.
For information on how to collect and submit nematode samples visit their website. For walk-up/drop-off samples, leave the samples on the designated cart located on the loading dock at the back of the Entomology & Nematology Building (see address below). For drop-offs, complete the form (do not include your credit/debit card info) and call the lab for payment if you are using a card.
Address: Nematode Assay Lab. PO Box 110620, Gainesville FL 32611
Working hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-4:00 pm.
- UF Extension Soil Testing Lab in Gainesville – Open for shipped and dropped off.
Turnaround times might be longer due to reduced personnel. For drop-off samples, leave the samples on the designated cart located outside the lab. If you have any questions, you can call during working hours or email the lab at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: UF / IFAS Analytical Services Laboratories
2390 Mowry Road, Wallace Building #631, P.O. Box 110740, Gainesville, FL 32611-0740.
Working hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am-12pm, 1 pm-4:00 pm
- Division of Plant Industry in Gainesville – Open for shipped and dropped-off
The building is not open to the public, but samples can be dropped off in front of the building. Please call the front desk so the sample can be brought inside promptly. Information on the submission form is available.
Address: Division of Plant Industry, The Doyle Conner Building
1911 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32608-7100
Working hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am-5 pm
For all diagnostic services offered by the University of Florida, IFAS, visit https://diagnostics.ifas.ufl.edu/