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Digital Diagnostics

Ellen Phillips, Crop Systems Educator, Countryside Extension Center, 708-352-0109, ephillps@uiuc.edu

Accurate identification of pests is the basis of a good integrated pest management program. Using state-of-the-art equipment, University of Illinois Extension County offices are now able to speed up the process of identifying insects or weeds, evaluate injury and damaged to crop plants. Microscopes and digital photo equipment allows high quality photos to be taken by Extension staff. The photos and background information is sent by Internet to specialists for identification and advice. Most samples are responded to within 48 hours. For more information, contact your local Extension office.