Critter Creek Laboratory Is Closed Permanently

Critter Creek Lab has permanently closed.

It is with great sadness that I’m letting you know Critter Creek Lab is closing permanently.  After 40+ years, and many changes, it is time to say goodbye.  Orchid Virus testing has changed over the years.  Even in retirement, Dr. Arthur V. Allison, kept up with current happenings in the orchid testing world.  His love of Plant Pathology and Virology kept us current for many years.  Unfortunately, he passed several years ago, and while I’m a great lab rat, and can answer many questions, I do not have his background or passion.  Also, the landscape of testing has changed, moving toward home testing.    While more expensive, home testing is much more convenient.  Without our driving force to keep us relevant in the orchid virus world, and dropping customers, it is time to bow out.  I will miss my customers, many of whom I’ve known for the 30+ years I’ve been running the company.  Take care of yourselves. 

Regards, Jane Leebeck

Critter Creek Lab

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