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App aids in diagnosing plant problems

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 27, 2013

A new app can help you find out what’s ailing your plant.

Purdue University just released a mobile app for iPhones and iPads that lets you send photos and a description of a plant’s problems to one of eight university labs, including Ohio State’s C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic.

The app includes submission forms with customized questions for specific types of plants. Those questions will guide you in providing information that will help experts identify the disease, insect pest or other problem plaguing your plant.

You can send questions on weeds, vegetables, houseplants, agronomic crops, lawns and more.

The diagnosis, however, is not free. Ohio State charges $25 to diagnose a problem submitted through the app. The other labs have their own fee policies.

The app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes Store. An Android version could be released eventually, but none will be available soon, said Tom Creswell, director of Purdue's Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory.

Don’t have an iPhone or iPad? You can send a physical sample to the Ohio State lab for diagnosis. Submission information and a fee schedule are on its website.

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