The Enns Entomology Museum, founded on July 1, 1874, holds about 5.75 million specimens of insects, arachnids and fossils and is particularly strong in its holdings of aquatic insects of Ozark streams, as well as the pinned collection of Hemiptera, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera and slide-mounted Acarina. The museum is of national and international importance because it is the primary source of insect and arachnid specimens representative of the Ozark Plateau, an area of biogeographic and systematic significance due in part to its high level of endemism. It serves as the cornerstone of the entomology program.
This laboratory tests soil and plant samples qualitatively and quantitatively for the presence of plant parasitic nematodes. Recommendations are provided for management strategies to reduce the effect of nematodes on plant growth and yield.
The laboratory, provides soil testing, unbiased research based fertilizer and lime recommendations, plant, water, manure, compost, and greenhouse media analyses to farmers, home owners, vegetable and fruit growers, golf course superintendents, lawn and landscape specialists, Agra Industry, and Government agencies.
This predominantly student run business offers a full range of floral services to the MU community. They are housed on the main floor of the Agriculture Building and offer many seasonal specials. Their mission is to expand the educational process by combining traditional textbook learning with hands-on small business experience in an entrepreneurial environment. Please visit their website for more details and to sign up for their e-mail list.
Each year we test over 600 corn and soybean varieties at 32 locations throughout Missouri. Selection of varieties that best fit a farmer’s production goals and challenges is an essential part of profitable grain crop production. We provide the reliable, unbiased, up-to-date information that makes that selection possible.
The Division of Plant Sciences graphics lab is located in 1-33 Agriculture. They offer poster printing services for all campus groups. Please visit their website for pricing and scheduling.
The Plant Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) assists county Extension Specialists, commercial businesses and private citizens with their pest problems. The PDC is capable of plant disease diagnosis (including turfgrass), identification of unknown plants and insects (including arachnids). Besides clinic staff, a diverse group of Plant Sciences faculty specializing in agronomy, entomology, horticulture, or plant pathology assist with identification of pests as needed. The clinic is open year round to receive samples.
Faculty maintain an active division presence at several farms and centers of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station. This research is geared to making the most effective use possible of the state’s natural resource base, including its people resources, in an increasingly global economy. We strive to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.
The Plant Transformation Core Facilities staff assists in developing transgenic approaches to address research questions. They make continued efforts in advancing transgenic technology to satisfy the needs of crop improvement and gene discovery. As part of an educational role, the staff provides technical training in plant tissue culture and transformation for undergraduate and graduate students, post doctoral researchers and other researchers.
Core Facilties include the Cell and Immunobiology Core, DNA Core, Electron Microscopy Core, Molecular Cytology Core, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core, Proteomics Core, Structural Biology Core, and the Transgenic Animal Core. These facilities are housed in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center.