Dr. Allison graduated from U.C. Davis with a BS in Agriculture. He subsequently spent a year in graduate work in biological science at CSU Sacramento. Here research was directed toward serological procedures and immunology. He returned to U.C. Davis and gained a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology specializing in viral diseases of plants—specifically what happens in plant cells when they are infected with a virus.
In the 1970’s he was approached by a large west coast orchid grower and asked to develop a technique for testing large numbers of plants quickly and economically. It was at this time that the so-called ELISA technique was being developed for applications in human medicine. This technique was applied to the detection of viruses in orchids and Critter Creek Laboratory came into being. The Lab has worked with other crops and their viruses, but has concentrated on extending and refining the application of ELISA to virus diseases of orchids.
When Dr. Allison retired, his daughter, Ms. Jane Leebeck took
over both the ranch and the lab.
Unfortunately, Dr. Allison passed away several years ago. His vast knowledge of Plant Pathology is
deeply missed, as is “Dad,” but his legacy lives on.
After serving as chief technician for many years Ms. Jane Leebeck took over as general manager in 1989. She now has over 30 years of orchid testing experience to go along with her Baccalaureate degree from California State University at Sacramento. All questions or correspondence regarding testing or billing should be directed to Ms. Leebeck.
When not directing the lab, Ms. Leebeck enjoys ranching, soap making (you can check out her Soaps here), or working in her garden with her dogs.