UGA Extension Office

Plant Testing

The Plant Disease Clinics provide diagnostic support for county and area Extension personnel and the residents of Georgia. Our services include analysis of plant material and soil for bacterial, fungal, viral, and nematode pathogens as well as suggesting appropriate control measures when available. Our clients include Extension Educators, Growers, Retailers, Arborists, Golf Courses, Researchers, and Homeowners. The clinic provides accurate plant disease diagnosis, quick turn around time, professional services, and up-to-date control recommendations.

This program is committed to providing the best unbiased educational information on disease management, and responsive diagnosis to facilitate timely implementation of those management recommendations. This goal is achieved by effective interdepartmental and interdisciplinary programming across our functions of research, Extension and instruction. The Plant Disease Clinics work very closely with the UGA Cooperative Extension County Offices.

Plant Samples

Plant samples often need to be screened for insect damage, the presence of disease, or general identification. Basic plant diagnosis is an in-office service we offer free of charge. We ask that when coming into the office for diagnosis, you call ahead to confirm a time to meet with an agent. We will meet with you, look over your sample, and offer a recommendation for control or improvement. 

Contact us

If you’re interested in plant testing services, please call our offices.

  • For the East Point office call: 404-613-4920.  
  • For the Sandy Springs office call: 404-613-7670.
  • For the Camp Truitt - College Park office call: 404-762-4085.
  • Please note that our Atlanta History Center location does not currently accept soil, water, or plant samples. Please contact the North Fulton office for testing services in that area.

For general questions or more information about plant testing in Fulton County, please contact 404-613-4920.

Extension Publications
  • Key to Diseases of Oaks in the Landscape (B 1286) This publication contains a guide to diseases of oak trees in the landscape.
  • Enfermedades Más Comunes de Plantas Ornamentales en Georgia (B 1238-SP) Esta publicación describe algunas de las enfermedades más problemáticas en las plantas de ornato más usadas en el jardín. El material presentado aquí le ayudará a identificar estas enfermedades y encontrará las recomendaciones para su tratamiento. El conocimiento de estas enfermedades permitirá a los jardineros profesionales y amateurs a combatir estas enfermedades y tener plantas saludables y bellas. [This publication describes some of the most troublesome diseases of Georgia's landscape plants. The following material will help you identify these diseases and offers recommendations for treatment. Knowledge about the common diseases of Georgia landscape plants will allow professional and amateur growers alike to better fight plant diseases and produce healthy plants.]
  • Fireblight: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment (C 871) Fireblight is a destructive, highly infectious, and widespread disease. It attacks blossoms, leaves, shoots, branches, fruits, and roots. This publication has some facts and methods to avoid and control the disease.
View other publications on Plant Pest & Disease Management
  • H-2A Program H-2A Program With an aging farmer population and domestic labor shortages in the agricultural sector continue, the demand for a reliable workforce has never been more critical. By Emily Cabrera | Published: 1/17/2024
  • Whitefly Research Whitefly Research A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recently renewed a $4 million contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to mitigate the impact of silverleaf whiteflies on vegetable production in the Southeast. By Emily Cabrera | Published: 1/11/2024
  • Immigration Policies Immigration Policies As a shortage of domestic farm labor has led to increased participation in the H-2A visa program, a brief look back at past immigration policies helps frame why migrants from Central and South America have largely been associated with filling necessary agricultural jobs in the U.S. By Emily Cabrera | Published: 1/4/2024
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