Pine Needle Sample Collection and Submission Guide
Samples are recorded and
processed routinely by the date and time in which they are received. All
samples will be initially processed within five days of receipt with results
available twenty-one days after processing. Some laboratory diagnostic
techniques take longer than others, which may affect result punctuality.
Tree disease diagnosis is
largely dependent on the quality of the sample and on the relevant
information provided by the submitter. Samples must be of sufficient
quality and quantity to allow for proper laboratory testing and pertinent
information, such as sample tree identification, is essential.
1. Samples should be collected from symptomatic trees showing thinning/transparent crowns, and foliage discoloration.
2. Samples should NOT be collected from dead trees; determining the casual agent from such trees is highly unlikey.
3. Submit a generous amount of sample material to allow for all required laboratory processes. Remove needles from the branch. Sterilize all tools between trees
4. Keep all samples seperated and cool until ready to be shipped, do not expose collected needles to high temperatures. Place samples in an envelope or paper bag
5. Include the following information: Tree species and age, Recent Silviculture, Location (GPS coordinates), Date of Collection, Stand Prevalence and Severity.
6. Samples may be delivered in person or mailed to the Forest Health Dynamics Laboratory, 602 Duncan Drive, Ste 3301, Auburn University, AL 36849.
7. When submitting samples by mail, either mail them early in the week to avoid weekend layovers or use an overnight service. Send us an email letting us know that you have sent us some samples, include pictures of the damage in the email. Dr. Lori Eckhardt (email@example.com) and/or Luis Mendez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
8. Samples should be mailed in an appropriate sized box, with padding, or in a padded envelop. Please write on the outside "Refrigerate Upon Arrival".
Contact us if you would to like to become part of a study where we would come to your property to collect monthly samples over the course of a year. This will help us in our studies to solve this problem!