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Urban Forestry Diagnostic Laboratory

Services: to assist Green Industry professionals in the care and maintenance of ornamental plants and turf grass; soil and tissue testing as well as the diagnosis of plant pest and diseases.

Department(s): 

Plant Soil and Insect Sciences
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

UMass Extension

Contact: 

Kathleen Carroll, Program Coordinator

Location: 

French Hall

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

University Forests

Two University forests (totaling 2,000 acres), the 800-acre Swift River Wildlife Management Area of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the 81,000-acre Quabbin Reservation of the Metropolitan District Commission offer unique field study areas close to campus.

Department(s): 

Natural Resources Conservation
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Resources and the Environment

Resources: 

Cadwell Memorial Forest, Mt. Toby Demonstration Forest

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Turf Research Facility

2-acre Troll Turf Research Center tests varieties of turf grass, to water usage, nutrition, wear of sports on turf, biological control of insects and weeds and low temperature disease control.

Department(s): 

Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

UMass Extension

Contact: 

Thom Griffin, Manager

Location: 

French Hall

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Soil, Plant and Tissue Testing Laboratory

The Soil, Plant and Tissue Testing Laboratory offers a broad array of environmental testing services. Analytical testing of soils and plant tissue available to all.

Department(s): 

Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

UMass Extension

Location: 

West Experiment Station, 682 North Pleasant Street

Resources: 

Soil and plant tissue testing instrumentation

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Plant Problem Diagnostics

Plant diagnostic services offered include insect ID, weed ID, nematode analysis, fungal and bacterial disease diagnosis, and plant ID. In most cases, diagnostic recommendations help to mitigate current problems and reduce or eliminate future problems. Diagnostic Service Areas:Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Turf Disease, Floriculture, Vegetable, Soil and Plant Tissue Testing

Department(s): 

Plant Soil and Insect Sciences
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Resources and the Environment

Contact: 

Kathleen M. Carroll

Location: 

104 French Hall - 230 Stockbridge Rd

Resources: 

Diagnostic instrumentation

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Pesticide Analysis Laboratory

A resource available for testing soil and water for the presence of pesticides. Facility provides analytic services of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and their metabolites using state-of-the-art liquid and gas chromatograph techniques.

Department(s): 

Plant Soil and Insect Sciences
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

UMass Extension

Contact: 

Raymond Putnam

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Natural Resources Assessment Group

Aerial photo interpretation -- GIS lab. change detection in land planning, forestry, agriculture, environmental conservation, and natural resource management. Digital Transfer Scope (Optem) & workstation, ArcView input

Department(s): 

Plant Soil and Insect Sciences
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Resources and the Environment

Contact: 

Peter Veneman

Location: 

11 Stockbridge Hall

Resources: 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)workstations, maps

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Natural Products, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Laboratory

On site research laboratories are working in essential oil extraction, plant monitoring, biological screening, constituent analysis, tissue culture production, food additives, psychotherapy activities, traditional uses, and human disease control. Translation services available. Professional contacts throughout the world and can furnish both local and international service.

Department(s): 

Plant Soil and Insect Sciences

College/Unit: 

Natural Resources and the Environment

Contact: 

Lyle E. Craker

Resources: 

Greenhouses, Environmentally controlled chambers

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

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