INTRODUCTION TO THE PLANT PROBLEM CLINIC 2009 ANNUAL REPORT by sae16085

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									                  INTRODUCTION TO THE PLANT PROBLEM CLINIC
                             2009 ANNUAL REPORT

Plant diseases, insect pests and weeds can significantly reduce plant growth and development.
Household insects can infest our food and cause structural damage to our homes. The Clemson
University Plant Problem Clinic uses a multidisciplinary approach to address these problems by
providing identification followed by management recommendations.

The Plant Problem Clinic also helps to detect and document new plant pests and diseases in
South Carolina and serves as an information resource for Clemson University Extension,
teaching, regulatory and research personnel.

In 2009, the Plant Problem Clinic received 1,736 samples, which is the largest number of
submissions since we started charging for samples in 2002. The continued success of the Plant
Problem Clinic could only be accomplished through the cooperation of numerous individuals in
various departments across the Clemson University system. In 2009, 22 people from 9
departmental groups (6 actual departments) contributed by identifying diseases, insects or plants
or by providing management recommendations.

Appreciation is expressed to all faculty and staff that contributed their time and effort, enhancing
the success of the Plant Problem Clinic. Special thanks are extended to the primary identifiers;
Entomology Taxonomist, Ian Stocks, and Botanist, Dixie Damrel. Appreciation is also extended
to Zen Fu, a Plant Pathology Graduate Student who provided assistance in preparing this report
and assisted in the lab, and to the helpful support of office/lab assistants, Sherry Harris and
Rachel Gibson.

Meg Williamson, Diagnostician

								
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