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NMSU?s annual Plant Clinic set for Oct. 27

The community will have the chance to get free plant diagnostics from 16 students in the Diagnosing Plant Disorder class, assisted by four New Mexico State University experts.



From left to right, NMSU experts, Soum Sanogo, professor of fungal plant pathology, Jason French, plant diagnostic clinician and pesticide program coordinator, Geno Picchioni, professor of horticulture with expertise in plant mineral nutrition and Carol Sutherland, Extension entomologist. (Courtesy Photo)

Students in the Diagnosing Plant Disorder class, assisted by four New Mexico State University experts, will be diagnosing plant disorders Oct. 27 at the NMSU Pan American Center parking Lot 30, from 1 to 5:20 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

Soum Sanogo, professor of fungal plant pathology and course instructor, along with Carol Sutherland, Extension entomologist, Jason French, plant diagnostic clinician and pesticide program coordinator, and Geno Picchioni, professor of horticulture with expertise in plant mineral nutrition, will help determine problems caused by diseases, insects, nutritional deficiency or the environment, among others.

?Diagnosing plant disorders is challenging because plants do not talk or make any gestures unlike humans or animals,? Sanogo said. ?In order to tackle this challenge, students are not taught what to think, but how to think critically.?

The event will take place at the NMSU Pan American Center parking Lot 30, from 1 to 5:20 p.m. Oct. 27.

?The event will provide students the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills gained in the class to help the community with plant disorder problems,? he added. ?This is the second year that we are organizing this event to impart a sense of community service to our students.?

People in the community will learn about the educational resources available at NMSU in the area of diagnosis of plant disorders.

?This event will be of informational and educational benefit to the community in that people will learn about the type of clinical training offered by NMSU in the area of diagnosing plant disorders,? Sanogo said.