Manage the day-to-day operations of the MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic. Receive plant disease, weed and insect samples for identification and consult with appropriate specialists as needed. Handle phone inquiries and walk-in requests for diagnostic assistance.
Collaborate with State Extension Specialists to diagnose plant health problems and prepare written responses describing the diagnosis and the appropriate management recommendations.
Participate in outreach activities associated with the diagnosis of plant health problems. Contribute articles or suggestions of timely topics to through news outlets. Provide plant disease training assistance to the Master Gardener program and other programs as requested by extension colleagues.
Direct the routine operations of the Missouri Pesticide Applicator Program. Participate and coordinate the winter training program for commercial applicators.
Work with fiscal staff regarding fees and billing for plant diagnostic services. Manage the clinic budget. Manage student assistants and other temporary help.
Manage the PDIS database to disseminate diagnostic information broadly to the National Plant Diagnostic Network, and interface regularly with counterparts in the North Central Plant Diagnostic Network. Inform appropriate campus-based extension faculty of unusually high incidences or uncommon occurrences of plant health problems or exotic pests. Compile yearly reports that summarize clinic submissions and diagnoses.
Update and maintain the Plant Diagnostic Clinic website.
Represent the MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic at the annual meetings of the North Central Plant Diagnostic Network and the American Phytopathological Society.
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