Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Operations Update

The University of Kentucky Extension Plant Pathology Team would like to provide the following updated guidelines for managing Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab operations during COVID-19 and the re-opening phases in Kentucky.

Lexington PDDL Laboratory

Until further notice, operations of the Lexington PDDL will be as follows:

  • Commercial and residential samples delivered via postal mail or courier service, and originating from County Extension Offices, will be evaluated.
  • No out-of-state samples will be received at this time.
  • Presently, samples may not be submitted directly by the general public, but they may be submitted through their local Extension office. This reflects the fact that the Greenhouse Building currently is closed to the public.
  • Once the Greenhouse Building is maintained unlocked during regular business hours (date yet to be determined), walk-in (drop-off) samples from Extension agents and the general public will be received only at a designated station adjacent to the main entrance to the laboratory. Paperwork and forms will be available at that station.
  • All relevant information must be communicated on the forms.
  • The diagnostic staff will be unavailable for consultation for general public sample submissions.

UKREC-GFC PDDL Laboratory

Until further notice, operations of the UKREC-GFC PDDL Laboratory will reflect the opening of the UKREC-GFC to the public as of 20 Jul 2020.  Our operations will be as follows:

  • Commercial and residential samples delivered via postal mail or courier service, and originating from County Extension Offices, will be evaluated.
  • No out-of-state samples will be received at this time.
  • During regular business hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm), walk-in (drop-off) samples from the general public will be received only at a designated station in the lobby of the center.
  • We encourage the public to submit samples through your local County Extension Office if able to do so.
  • The receptionist will inform stakeholders of the receiving station.
  • All relevant information must be communicated on the forms at the station.
  • The diagnostic staff will be unavailable for consultation for general public sample submissions.

Our circumstances continue to be somewhat fluid and depend upon the ability of our staff members to practice social distancing while at work, thus the scenario under which we operate, and our operation guidelines, may change.  Extension Agents and Staff will be apprised of any further changes with as much notice as possible.

We appreciate your understanding and are eager to move forward in providing plant diagnostic support.

 

By Julie Beale, Plant Disease Diagnostician; Carl Bradley, Plant Pathology Extension Specialist, Nicole Gauthier, Plant Pathology Extension Specialist; Brenda Kennedy, Plant Disease Diagnostician; Sara Long, Plant Disease Diagnostic Assistant; Emily Pfeufer, Plant Pathology Extension Specialist; Paul Vincelli, Plant Pathology Extension Specialist; and Kiersten Wise, Plant Pathology Extension Specialist

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