The Central Analytical Lab focuses on plant and soil nutrient tests, basic soil biological and physical assessments, and soil health assessments. We are focused on research and education and often are not the best choice for homeowners and producers due to longer turn around times. However, we have an updated Extension publication that will help you get to the right laboratory for your needs. Follow this link to get EM 8677     

If you have questions regarding disease diagnosis or pest problems please contact the OSU Plant Clinic operated by the Botany and Plant Pathology Department.

As part of the OSU Cooperative Extension Service, the primary mission of the Plant Clinic is educational. Extended education is provided by helping our clients recognize the nature of their plant problem (diagnosis) and by helping them to manage the disease or disorder using proper control methods, including cultural, biological, and chemical measures. Emphasis is on prevention of problems by proper management.  In 2003 the Plant Clinic also joined forces with OSU’s Insect Identification Service. Now all insect, arthropod, mollusk, and plant samples come to one location.  

If you have questions regarding seed testing please contact the Oregon State University Seed Laboratory.

The Seed Laboratory is the official seed testing laboratory of the State of Oregon, a member of AOSA and ISTA, and is ISTA accredited. As part of a leading university in Agricultural Sciences, we focus on testing services, but also have a strong capacity to contribute in research and education in our field of expertise. Our customers range from local to national and international. As a customer-focused lab, operating in a world of changing needs and opportunities, we innovate constantly to provide high quality service. We hope the information we present will explain how we may be able to help you succeed in your business.

We have offered seed testing services continuously since 1909. We provide AOSA and ISTA testing for a wide range of crops and tests including purity, germination, tetrazolium, moisture content, ploidy by cytometry, endophyte, growout and many other specialized tests.

If you are looking for a water analysis please contact CCAL.  

The Cooperative Chemical Analytical Laboratory, CCAL, is a cooperative laboratory operated by Oregon State University College of Forestry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service. CCAL specializes in high quality, trace level analysis of nutrients, ions, and physical properties of lake, stream, precipitation and groundwater research samples.

CCAL offers reliable analysis of aqueous constituents including ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, total nitrogen, orthophosphorus (SRP), total phosphorus, sulfate, chloride, organic carbon, inorganic carbon, pH, alkalinity, specific conductance, silica, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, silicon, manganese, dissolved solids, suspended sediment and more.

Precise and accurate results are fundamental at CCAL. Our Quality Assurance Program is designed to conform with EPA surface water chemistry criteria, and is a continuous process that monitors every analysis and procedure performed in the laboratory. CCAL participates in the USGS Standard Reference Water Survey Program and the National Water Research Institute’s (NWRI) Environment Canada Proficiency Testing (PT) Program. These external inter-laboratory QA Programs are used to monitor accuracy of analytical procedures at CCAL. The CCAL Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) describes protocols and procedures used in the Laboratory

If you have questions regarding the exact chemical composition of a substance please contact the OSU Mass Spectrometry Center

The OSU Mass Spectrometry Center is a central pillar in the network of interactive research at OSU and is regularly used by researchers in Chemistry, Biochemistry/Biophysics, Botany/Plant Pathology, Environmental Toxicology, Chemical Engineering, Microbiology, Pharmacy, Food Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural Sciences and other fields. The Center strives to advance progress in environmental health, biomedical and biological sciences by maintaining state-of-the-art service in mass spectrometry capable of supporting faculty members at the cutting edge of their respective research fields. In addition, the laboratory participates in training young people and professionals in mass spectrometry on the most modern equipment available, preparing them for successful careers in the life sciences.

The Mass Spectrometry Center is a state and university-wide resource and is supported by OSU's Research Office, the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Science and the College of Veterinary Medicine.