Plant Science and Technology Diagnostic Labs

Grape & Wine Institute

The Grape and Wine Institute (GWI) Service Laboratory at the University of Missouri analyzes grape juice, wine and cider samples to support the production of high-quality products across the state. Customers have access to analytical data as well as consulting through the extension mission of the Grape and Wine Institute.

Plant Diagnostic Clinic

The Plant Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) assists county Extension Specialists, commercial businesses and private citizens with their pest problems. The PDC is capable of plant disease diagnosis (including turfgrass), identification of unknown plants and insects (including arachnids). Besides clinic staff, a diverse group of Plant Sciences faculty specializing in agronomy, entomology, horticulture, or plant pathology assist with identification of pests as needed. The clinic is open year round to receive samples.

SCN Diagnostics

The SCN Diagnostics lab tests soil and plant samples qualitatively and quantitatively for the presence of plant parasitic nematodes. Recommendations are provided for management strategies to reduce the effect of nematodes on plant growth and yield.

Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory

The Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory provides soil testing, unbiased research based fertilizer and lime recommendations, plant, water, manure, compost, and greenhouse media analyses to farmers, home owners, vegetable and fruit growers, golf course superintendents, lawn and landscape specialists, Agra Industry, and Government agencies.

Variety Testing

Each year the Variety Testing team tests over 600 corn and soybean varieties at 32 locations throughout Missouri. Selection of varieties that best fit a farmer’s production goals and challenges is an essential part of profitable grain crop production. They provide the reliable, unbiased, up-to-date information that makes that selection possible.