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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: 

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: 

Orchard, Cold Spring

The Cold Spring Orchard Horticultural Research Center conducts tree & small fruit research. It is the premier pomology facility in New England. The Orchard studies ways to grow more tree fruit in less space, compare the ability of varieties of fruit to resist disease and insects, and search for ways to reduce the amount of potentially hazardous chemicals used in growing fruit

Department(s): 

Plant Soil and Insect Sciences
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Resources and the Environment

Contact: 

Duane Greene, Director

Location: 

391 Sabin Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

Resources: 

215-acre research orchard

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Greenhouses & Growth Chambers

The Biology greenhouse facility encompasses 6626 sq. ft under glass of which approximately 90% is occupied by plants. The "Morrill" house is a semicircular unit attached to the south end of the Morrill Science Center. A glass tunnel leads to four identical ranges, numbered 1 to 4, that are divided into East and West sections. The "Clark" house is located about 100 feet away from Morrill and is attached to Clark Hall.

Department(s): 

Biology
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Elsbeth Walker

Location: 

Morril Science Center

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Floriculture Diagnostic Laboratory

Provides Integrated Pest Management services -- pest identification, diagnosis services for commercial flower growers who have problems with insects, diseases or plant nutrition. Facility located in the Microbiology Department.

Department(s): 

Microbiology
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

UMass Extension

Contact: 

Rob Wick

Location: 

Holdsworth Hall

Availability: 

Public

Research: