Michigan State University Service Facilities

Diagonostic Services

Assists a wide variety of people experiencing problems with plants and pests. There are many things that cause plant problems. The Diagnostic Services Laboratory specializes in diagnosing problems caused by arthropods (insects, mites, ticks, etc.), pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses), nematodes, weeds and herbicides. Here are some of the samples we accept for diagnosis:

  • Plants or plant parts for insect, pathogen, and mematode analysis
  • Insects, miles, ticks, spiders, and other arthropods for identification
  • Soil and tissue samples for nematode analysis
  • Weeds and plants for identification
  • Plants with suspected herbicide injury
  • Weeds or weed seed for herbicide resistance evaluation
  • Soil, water, and plant vegetation for pesticide analysis

Research Technology Support Facility (RTSF)

RTSF Cores provide technical and analytical support for Biomedical and Agricultural research at Michigan State University in Genomics, Structural Biology, Proteomics, Bioinformatics, and Mass Spectrometry. The RTSF Genomics Core provides single gene to genomic scale DNA sequencing services, DNA fingerprinting and genotyping, quantitative PCR, microarray printing and analysis. The Macromolecular Structures Core conducts protein sequencing, HPLC purifications, and synthesizes custom oligonucleotide and peptides. The Proteomics Core offers high-throughput mass spectral protein identification and determination of protein expression patterns. The Mass Spectrometry Core uses an array of mass spectral techniques for small molecule identification as well as analyses and for Metabolomic profiling. The Bioinformatics Core has staff specialists who assist in the computational analysis and presentation of Genomic, Proteomic and other complex datasets.

Soil and Nutrient Lab (CSS)

MSU Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory (SPNL) operates as an integral part of Michigan State University providing support to teaching, research and extension programs. The SPNL offers a variety of analytical services on samples of soil, greenhouse growth media, composts, plant tissue, water and other materials related to the growing of plants (crops) received from commercial and part-time farmers, greenhouse operations, golf courses, homeowners, consultants, researchers, and others.

Many county extension operations use soil and plant tissue testing as the foundation for extension programs with their various clientele groups. Researchers in many departments within MSU and other universities have the SPNL analyze soil, plant and water samples as part of their research programs.

The SPNL reaches out to the general public through educational displays and presentations at expositions, conferences and meetings of organizations. Numerous groups tour the SPNL facilities throughout the year. Educational presentations and tours of the SPNL are part of five courses taught in the department of Horticulture and Crop and Soil Sciences.