Diagnose Your Plants Online
We’ve all Googled our symptoms to see why we might be suffering from a headache, why we have a weird red spot on our arm, or why we can’t kick a nasty cold. But, did you know that you can do the same for your plants? It’s true—there’s an online clinic just for your plants. If you have been wondering why your plant is turning a weird color or what other disease it may be suffering from, you don’t have to scour the web. Just go to New Mexico State University’s Plant Diagnostic Clinic.
What It Offers?
The website gives viewers an opportunity to compare photos, and it provides links to publications about certain conditions for further information. It also has a ton of other resources that may be useful:
- Disease fact sheets (Want to know more about corn smut?)
- PowerPoint presentations about general diagnostics, agricultural biosecurity, crop specific diseases and much more
- Diagnostic statistics
Featured diagnoses are available on the blog that was launched in June 2015. This website focuses more on the current plant ailments in the area, rather than a database of resources. These posts provide information on plant conditions, such as how it is spread and how it can be diagnosed. There are topics on everything from viruses and diseases to weeds and pesky flea beetles.
Together the website and blog can be a valuable resource for backyard gardeners, landscape professionals, and plant nurseries.
It is a great place to start, but the Clinic won’t leave you high and dry once you determine your tomatoes may be suffering from the Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus. According to the website, the Plant Diagnostic Clinic’s “services include analysis of plant material for plant pathogens and environmental stresses as well as suggesting appropriate control measures when available.”
Users can follow up by sending the clinic a sample of their unhealthy plant to confirm the diagnosis and receive information on how to combat the problem.
The Future of Plant Clinics
Since the website’s launch several months ago, it has received thousands of views. It will be interesting to see how this area will grow on the Internet. Will it become the next WebMD? Will we see more online clinics sprout up in other states across the nation?
The goal is to keep plants healthy. With more resources like this available at our fingertips, hopefully, we can help plants grow to their full potential.