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The Plant Diagnostic Clinic at the University of Delaware accepts plant samples showing signs or symptoms of disease. The Clinic is housed in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware in Newark , and operates as a function of Delaware Cooperative Extension. Plant pathology is the study of plant disease and the control of plant diseases.
The UD Plant Diagnostic Clinic is a part of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN). The mission of the network is to enhance national agricultural security by quickly detecting introduced pests and pathogens. This system links diagnostic laboratories with common strategies and tools, and increases communication among plant pathologists and the public.