About Us

A.C.T.S. was established in 1995 has a laboratory and two greenhouse facilities specifically designed for work with plant diseases. The greenhouse has a controlled environment with artificial lighting. Our laboratory is equipped with transfer hoods, microscopic equipment, a light bank for growing out cultures, and sieving equipment for working with nematodes. The facilities are located in Carroll County Iowa. Appropriate sites for field evaluations are nearby.

A.C.T.S. staff includes two plant pathologists:

Ralph von Qualen earned his Ph.D. degrees in plant pathology from Purdue University in 1987. He has worked in field, laboratory and greenhouse evaluations of fungal and nematode diseases in soybeans and corn.