Crop Health

Protecting plants and the environment from pests and diseases in a world where conventional options have been dramatically reduced or become ineffective can be a rewarding role.

Crop Health


Interested in keeping our borders free of disease and pests?

Fera Science Ltd are international leaders in the identification of plant pests and diseases, with a strong track record in development of new diagnostic methods and technologies. We provide scientific services and advice to government on the control of plant pests and diseases in agriculture horticulture and the natural environment.

It’s anticipated that EU Exit will require a greater level of official controls of both imports and exports of plants and produce, to both protect the UK from the introduction and spread of damaging plant pests and diseases, and to support exports of UK material to other countries. These additional controls will lead to an increase of test samples. Therefore, Defra has approached Fera to provide the additional plant diagnostic support that they will need to meet these requirements. To provide for this extra demand, we are looking to scale up our diagnostic capacity by recruiting 11 new staff in our diagnostic team.

The new roles will be within Fera’s Plants programme and are on 2-year fixed term contracts with the possibility of a permanent role. Take a look at the new positions here.

Fera has the best people in the right place focussed on delivering the right solution. We continually invest in our people and support them in delivering the best support to our partners as we strive towards our mission, to support our partners to develop new products and services across the agri-food chain, improving global food security, sustainability and safety.

Do you want to be part of the solution ?


With over 100 years’ experience of delivering pest and disease identification services to a wide range of commercial growers and Government departments, both in the UK and overseas, we devise and deliver innovative products and services to improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability.

As pioneers in new diagnostic approaches and analytical science we undertake high quality research and provide ingenious solutions and advice on the epidemiology and control of plant diseases in agriculture, horticulture and the natural environment to support farmers, growers and the food industry to improve yields and reduce costs.


Read more about what we do in Crop Health


Fera offers a suite of crop health services and expertise:

  • Pathology R&D
  • Invertebrate pest management R&D
  • Developing alternative pesticides
  • Soil health unit
  • Crop testing
  • Grower support tools
  • Insect monitoring





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