On December 1st Rachel Bomberger joined the WSU Plant Pathology Department as the diagnostician and manager of the diagnostic clinic. Rachel received her Master of Science degree at Oregon State University. Rachel comes to WUS after working for the Nevada Department of Agriculture plant pathology lab as a diagnostician where she became a quality management system auditor under the System for Timely, Accurate, and Reliable Diagnostics (STAR-D). She was also involved with the National Plant Diagnostics Network (NPDN). Rachel’s background is in fungal, viral, nematode, and abiotic plant problem diagnostics. The Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic (PPDC) in Pullman will be working with the Puyallup Plant and Insect Laboratory to offer plant problem diagnosis, and provide pest management recommendations. The PPDC’s purpose is to help solve plant health problems and provide training related to disease and pest diagnosis.
A full description about diagnostic services, sample collection and how to submit samples can be found by visiting the diagnostic clinic’s website at: http://plantpath.wsu.edu/diagnostics or contact the clinic by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, (509) 335-0619, or by stopping by the diagnostic clinic at Johnson Hall 316.
- Plant health problem evaluation and analysis
- Pest identification
- Pathogen culture and identification
- Virus testing
- Management recommendations
- $25.00 – Basic Information Inquiries
- $40.00 – Pathogen Culture or Extensive Research
*Advanced testing may require and additional fee