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1 How to effectively and efficiently identify your pest with digital diagnosis Dr. Mary Burrows Associate Professor, MSU Extension Plant Pathology Specialist

2 Outline Introduction to the Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory and sample submission Images Digital Microscopes Apps

3 Diagnostic lab: routine functions and agricultural biosecurity Process approximately 2000 samples/yr (~50% homeowner/horticulture) Free to you Sample submission is important Good sample = good answer Diagnostics.montana.edu Donate! –http://msuaf.org/give-schutter_labhttp://msuaf.org/give-schutter_lab – –Solicitation Code AG14CAGPS

4 uce Diagnostic lab staff are friendly and helpful

5 Good sample + Good information = Good diagnosis (or…garbage in, garbage out….) In our code: “insufficent sample”

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7 Disease Form Print out form Fill out questionnaire with as much detail as possible Place form in box with sample Take to County Agent – If Possible

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9 Packaging and Shipping Keep soil on roots –not on foliage

10 Include photographs illustrating the problem and field patterns if possible.

11 Tips for taking photos with your device Don’t use the zoom. Step up or back away from the subject Lots of light, but no shine (reflection) –Shade subject if that’s helpful Allow the camera to focus before snapping the picture –If you’re looking a subject on multiple planes, adjust the subject if you’re having trouble focusing or provide a background Some cameras have a macro feature

12 Apps to help with photos Camera Plus to adjust light exposure ProCapture for panoramas on android ShakeIt and Hipstamatic for iPhone filters

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20 The bad

21 The ugly

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25 Digital microscopes Demos Hook to computer or bluetooth to phone Many options, many prices

26 Photography stand, $10 microscope-macro-photography-rig-10/

27 General tips Photos should be IN FOCUS and provide some information, just like a normal sample –Google for more specific advice –The specialist will also tell you if it’s not good enough!

28 Apps/websites for digital diagnosis Purdue ‘Plant Doctor’ –Tree; Perennial Flower; Annual Flower; Shrub Doctor(s) –NPIPM Soybean Guide  A number of plant ID Apps (EDDMaps West, ID Weeds, XID)  APHIS-PPQ has a number of LUCID keys for identification   17/Default.aspx 17/Default.aspx

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33 Websites for digital diagnosis Wiki.bugwood.org/HPIPM –High Plains IPM Guide: LUCID keys Woody ornamentals Wheat –iWheat (in progress)

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36 Incomplete tool

37 The danger with apps and websites INCORRECT or Misleading information and pest identifications Question what the source of the information is –Public or Private –Location

38 Other useful apps for disease management Spray Calibration Apps SoilsWeb (soil type where you are standing, from USDA) Agrian and CDMS (pesticide labels) Montana Landowners/Parcels (Cadastral data) ata/msdi/cadastral/ ata/msdi/cadastral/

39 Keeping informed on pest issues Montana Ag Alerts (www.mtagalert.org) (urban-only alerts also available)www.mtagalert.org NDSU Crop and Pest Report (http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/cpr/)http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/cpr/ Pacific Northwest and Treasure Valley Pest Alert Network (http://tvpestalert.net/)http://tvpestalert.net/ Rust listserve (Mark Hughes, UMN) –Stripe rust only : contact Xianming Chen, WSU Wheat disease listserve (Erick DeWolf, KSU)

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