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Submitting Diagnostic Samples

This module describes the importance of proper sampling, a protocol for collecting, storing, and shipping a quality plant disease, weed, or arthropod pest sample, the required paperwork to accompany samples, and sample security. Upon completion of the module, learners will have achieved the following learning objectives:
  • Understand why a good sample is so important
  • Understand the general guidelines for collecting good plant disease, arthropod, or weed sample.
  • Understand the general guidelines for packing a good plant disease, arthropod, or weed sample for shipping.
  • Understand the paperwork that needs to accompany a good plant disease, arthropod, or weed sample.

Updated October 2013

Text Content Revision for October 2013:
Gail Ruhl (Purdue University), Eric LeVeen (University of Florida) and Stephanie Stocks (University of Florida)

Technical Reviewers for October 2013:
Sharon Dobesh (GPDN Associate Director), Amy Dunfee (NCPDN Teaching and Education Coordinator), Rachel McCarthy (NEPDN, Education and Training Coordinator), and Richard Hoenisch (University of California, Davis)

Original Publication Date: April 2008

Original Module Credits:
Module Design/Technical Writer: Gerry Snyder with assistance from Buck Rowland (both Kansas State University), Tom Creswell (North Carolina State University), C. Thomas, R. Cullen, Lyle Buss (University of Florida), Amanda C. Hodges (University of Florida), Carrie L. Harmon (University of Florida), K. Wright, and T. Ailshie

Original Content Experts: Judy O'Mara (Kansas State University), Tom Creswell (North Carolina State University), Gerald Holmes (North Carolina State University)

Original Technical Reviewers: Will Lanier (Montana State University), Tom Creswell (North Carolina State University), Mary McKellar (Cornell University), Keith Rucker (University of Georgia), Barry Brennan (University of Hawaii), Gail Ruhl (Purdue University), Amanda Hodges (University of Florida)

Original Additional Reviewers: Brent Batchelor (Texas A&M University), Tim Hendrick (University of Kentucky), Charles Denver (Denver Crop Consulting & Research)

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