Calling the Plant Detective!
Did you spend part of your weekend in the yard or garden, weeding, mulching and staking tomatoes? I did, and one of those plants I’ve been neglecting didn’t look so healthy. I checked for insects. Nothing. The soil was not too wet and not too dry. Surrounding plants looked fine. I knew I had a mystery on my hands. I remembered a Research Frontiers video produced by a former co-worker, Melissa Blouin, about the plant detective just down the road in the Arkansas Plant Health Clinic. The Clinic is directed by the head of the plant pathology department, A. Rick Bennett, and is supported by the Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the Division of Agriculture. Sherrie Smith, the state diagnostician, identifies diseases in thousands of plants each year. For the inside story, see “Who Done It?”