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May 4: Mail in samples only will be accepted.
The UConn Plant Diagnostic Lab will resume accepting physical plant and insect samples from postal mail submissions. Drop-off samples will continue to be suspended at this time, and the lab remains closed to the public for visits. We will continue to accept digital sample submissions.
Sample submission options:
During this time, submit physical plant samples via mail or images of samples for digital diagnostics.
Mail-in sample ($20). The standard fee is $20.00 per sample. The response time is 3-7 business days after the sample has arrived in the lab, but diagnostics may take longer given slower mail operations and and other restrictions. Visit the Sample Submission Forms page for packing and shipping instructions. Due to closures and disruptions on campus, online payment will temporarily be the only form accepted during this time.
Image identification (Free). Send images, description of symptoms or problems, and any other relevant information/questions to Ladybug@uconn.edu .
During this time, submit images of samples for digital diagnostics. This service will remain free.
Image identification. Send images, description of symptoms or problems, and any other relevant information/questions to Ladybug@uconn.edu
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