Turf sample analysis for disease identification
Accurate disease diagnosis is
essential if appropriate controls are to be implemented. Several fungi
may well be present in or on any given turf sample, but the skill in
identifying the disease problem relies on experience and a knowledge of
If you would like to send a turf
sample for analysis, please follow the procedure outlined below:
give me a call to let me know that you are sending a sample.
Although this is not essential, you are likely to get a faster reply if I know
that the sample is being sent. If I am going to be away from the office
for a while, I can advise you of the best time to send a sample in for analysis
and discuss the problem with you beforehand.
a representative sample of turf from the edge of the affected area. If
there are several small patches across the turf area, take the sample such that
the whole patch is present on the sample. Individual turf samples should be
approximately 10 cm (4 inches) diameter - hollow tine cores are no use for
disease identification. You can always send one sample from an affected area
and a second sample from an apparently unaffected area, for comparison.
3. Wrap the
samples tightly in newspaper to ensure that the rootzone material does not
contaminate the sward. Do not wrap the sample directly in polythene as
this will encourage rapid deterioration of the sward during transit and hinder
4. Label the
sample to identify where it has been taken from. This will help you to
interpret the results when they are sent to you. Please give some history
of the problem if you can.
5. Pack your
sample tightly in a cardboard box to limit the amount of movement during
transport and enclose your contact details with the sample. Please use
ballpoint pens to write your note - marker pens run when damp and become
unreadable. You can also copy your contact details on the outside of the
6. Send your samples to The Turf Disease Centre by next day delivery.
7. The result of a sample analysis will be forwarded as quickly as possible, either by e-mail or fax, or sent by first class mail if the previous options are not available. Ultimately, a hard copy of the result will be posted to you.
If you allow your samples to remain in the post for an extended period of time,
they will deteriorate, making accurate identification difficult.
If this happens, you may be asked to send new samples.
Turf sample analysis for pest identification
Analysis of turf samples for the identification of pests (nematodes, fly larvae, beetle larvae) will be completed in a similar manner to that done for disease identification. However, if you suspect that the problem is due to invertebrate pests, please put the turf sample in to a plastic bag to prevent the material from drying out. The cost for analysis will also be the same as for disease identification.
Please note: an assessment for the presence of invertebrate pests is ALWAYS completed alongside a disease analysis to ensure that a full assessment of the problem is provided.