Dr. Tesfamariam Mengistu


Dr. Mengistu’s lab provides diagnostic service to support the protection of Florida agriculture.  The lab provides detailed, accurate, and timely analysis of soil and plant samples. The lab currently performs assays for diagnostics, predictive and research.  This service is provided to growers, researchers, extension specialists, golf course superintendents, home gardeners, and anyone else who is involved in plant production that could be parasitized by plant-parasitic nematodes.

The lab also provides additional services that include nematode speciation using molecular tools, root health assessments, and root staining.

The Lab is certified by APHIS to receive samples from inside and outside the State of Florida. 



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Assistant Extension Scientist, Nematode Molecular Systematics and Biological Control