Plant & Nematode Screening Services

  ABOUT US  

Our Mission:
SCN diagnostics is a partnership with the University of Missouri and the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources and aims to provide timely, high quality plant and nematode screening services to different parties related to the seed and biotech industries, researchers, crop advisors, and farmers.

While our focus is on soybeans and soybean cyst nematode, we also conduct soil testing for other plant-parasitic nematodes. Why us?

  • Tailored screening:
    We maintain a diverse SCN culture collection.
  • Relevant:
    We monitor the SCN landscape to stay ahead of population shifts.
  • High quality testing:
    We are committed to producing quality results for our clients.
  • Reduced internal costs:
    We offer a cost-effective outsourcing solution.
  • Competitive edge:
    We use a validated, high-throughput plant phenotyping pipeline.

Kaitlyn Bissonnette,
Director


Kaitlyn is a Minnesota native and a third-generation plant pathologist with a passion for all things plant pathology, including nematode pests. She earned her B.S. from the University of Minnesota in 2009, an M.S. in Plant Science from the University of Idaho in 2012, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 2016 in Crop Sciences. The coursework and research in both her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees emphasized the fundamentals of plant pathology. Upon completion of her Ph.D., Kaitlyn went on to Iowa State University for her post-doctoral studies. It at Iowa State where her fascination with plant parasitic nematodes flourished while exploring applied management strategies for the control and management of soybean cyst nematode. Kaitlyn joined the University of Missouri in 2017 as an Assistant Extension Professor in the Division of Plant Sciences. She conducts applied management research for field crops of economic importance in Missouri, most commonly corn, soybeans and wheat. Additionally, she is responsible for the development of statewide extension programming in plant pathology and the implementation of annual Summer Scouting Schools. More information about Kaitlyn Bissonnette's program can be found on the Field Crop Pathology website.




Amanda Howland,
Research Specialist I and Coordinator of Nematode Testing


Amanda has a strong nematology background with nearly five years of research experience, mostly in applied nematode management. Amanda earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Mary Washington in 2011 and a M.S. degree in Horticulture with a focus on nematology and a minor in Soil Science from Oregon State University in 2014. During this time, she conducted and assisted in nematology laboratory, greenhouse, and field research. Her thesis research was part of a multi-state collaborative project on the spatial dynamics and host status of plant-parasitic nematodes in the Pacific Northwest to identify ways to manage economically important plant-parasitic nematodes in this region. She is the first author of several research studies published in the Journal of Nematology. After graduating, Amanda worked for a short time as a Biological Science Technician at the USDA-ARS in Corvalis, Oregon furthering her experience in working with plant-parasitic nematodes before joining SCN Diagnostics in 2015 at the University of Missouri as a Research Specialist and Coordinator of Nematode Testing.




Clinton Meinhardt,
Research Specialist I and Coordinator of Plant Testing


Clinton has a strong plant sciences background with more than fifteen years of research experience, mostly in applied crop management. He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Science from Western Illinois University in 2001 and a M.S. degree in Entomology from the University of Missouri in 2006. During this time, he investigated how arthropods are affected by soybean weed management. After graduating, he worked for five years as a research specialist at the MU Greenley Research Center in Northeast Missouri where he assisted with a diversified crop production research program addressing agriculture issues in soybean, corn, and wheat production systems. He is a co-author of several research studies published in journals such as Plant Science, Agronomy Journal, Crop Management, and Theoretical and Applied Genetics. For the past 5 years, he has been evaluating soybean for response to soybean cyst nematode for the soybean genetics and breeding programs at MU. He joined SCN Diagnostics in 2016 as Research Specialist I and Coordinator of Plant Testing.

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