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The Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory offers a number of advanced tests. Information about each service is listed below, along with their processing fees.

Please note that though routine diagnosis is free for Montana residents, there is a fee for out of state submissions.

If you are uncertain which testing is needed, please contact us for more information.

Lab Services

  1. Routine Diagnosis
  2. ELISA Test
  3. Culturing
  4. Immunostrips
  5. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  6. DON-Mycotoxin Testing
  7. Phytosanitary Testing
  8. Payment Options
  9. Contact Information

Summary

Below is a quick-reference table for the tests detailed on this page. The table consists of 3 columns, the first contains service types; the following two provide in-state, then out of state pricing.

Testing service In-State Fee Out of State Fee
Routine Diagnosis* none

$50.00

Routine Diagnosis + ELISA** $60.00 $110.00
Routine Diagnosis + Culturing $50.00 $100.00
Routine Diagnosis + Immunostrip $10.00 $60.00
Routine Diagnosis + PCR $120.00 $170.00
DON-Mycotoxin Testing $10.00 $60.00
Phytosanitary Testing $60.00 $110.00
  • *Multiple samples will be charged at a rate of $20 per sample that exceeds ten per year for individual clients or companies. Household samples will be charged $20 per sample after three per household per year. 
  • **If Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus is suspected, please submit at least four symptomatic tillers for ELISA testing.

Information about submitting samples:

Routine Diagnosis

Includes a visual inspection of a sample and may include examination with a dissecting microscope and/or a compound microscope.

  • Free for Montana residents (3 per year, then $20 each). $50.00 for out of state submissions (payment options).
  • Multiple samples will be charged at a rate of $20 per sample that exceeds 10 per year for individual clients or companies.

ELISA Test

An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay that uses antibodies and color change to detect specific organisms. In the Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory, we use ELISA mainly for the detection of wheat streak mosaic virus. While the test is very sensitive, it is time-consuming and will take days until results are available.

  • The ELISA test also includes routine diagnosis.
  • $60 for Montana residents, $110 for out of state submissions (payment options).

If Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus is suspected, please submit at least four symptomatic tillers for ELISA testing.

Culturing

The isolation of a pathogens by transferring the affected plant tissue onto selective agar plates, followed by incubation. Culturing also includes a routine diagnosis.

  • $50 for Montana residents, $100 for out of state submissions (payment options).

Immunostrips

Lateral flow devices for the rapid detection of pathogens. Test kits that the Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory has routinely available are:

  • FungiPhytophthora sp.

  • Viruses:  Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV), Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV), Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV), and Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV).

  • BacteriaClavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis (CMM) and Erwinia amylovora (Ea).

 

  • $10 for Montana residents, $60 for out of state submissions (payment options).

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Used to detect pathogens by amplifying the specific DNA of organisms. The Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory uses PCR mainly for the detection of wheat streak mosaic virus.

  • PCR testing also includes routine diagnosis.
  • $120 for Montana residents, $170 for out of state submissions (payment options).

DON-Mycotoxin Testing

Deoxynivalenol or DON, is a common mycotoxin that can contaminate a variety of grains including, wheat, oats, and barley.  It is poisonous to some animals and the best chance of eradication is early detection.  The Schutter Diagnostic Lab uses ELISA testing to determine mycotoxin levels, and advises on a course of action, if necessary.

  • $10 for Montana residents, $60 for out of state submissions (payment options).

Phytosanitary Testing

The Schutter Diagnostic Lab offers phytosanitary inspection services for plants and seed.

  • $60 for Montana residents, $110 for out of state submissions (payment options).

Payment

We accept payment in the form of credit, debit, or check.

 

Check Instructions

  • Make checks payable to MSU-Schutter Diagnostic Lab.
  • Enter the amount using all numbers ($###.##).
  • Make sure your check includes the following information:
    • Name and address.
    • Daytime phone number.
  • Mail payments to the address listed below.

Contact Information

Send all samples to the mailing address below. For further assistance, please contact the Schutter Diagnostic Lab by telephone or email.

We are open for walk-in clients from 9:00AM to 12:00PM, Monday through Friday (COVID-19 restrictions apply).

Address

Schutter Diagnostic Lab
Montana State University
119 Plant BioScience Bldg
P.O. Box 173150
Bozeman, MT 59717-3150

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