Diagnose My Plant/Insect Problem

Test Code
Standard Price per sample £125.00
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Diagnose My Plant/Insect Problem
  • Method Used
  • Parameters tested
  • Standard Turnaround Time
    5 working days

Initial assessment typically includes visual examination of your sample or insect by our plant pathologists to assess the most probable cause and appropriate method of testing (please be aware this does not include screening for viral pathogens). In the event of more than one probable cause (e.g. bacterial and fungal) or further specific testing being required we will contact you to discuss any additional work and costs.

The range of services that the Entomology team can provide for insect identification includes:

  • Identification of individual samples of invertebrate pests (insects and mites) found in imported plant material
  • Examination of commodities to determine level of contamination, e.g., number of insect larvae found in per box of dried fruit or in each individual fruit
  • Provide advice on whether spiders or other invertebrates found with imported produce pose a risk to human health, e.g. is the spider a black widow or something harmless?
  • Provide a scientific opinion on the probability as to what point in the supply change the commodity was contaminated (based on the evidence presented, and the biology and known distribution of the pest)
  • Provide a scientific consultancy service
  • Provide training on pest detection and identification

We will normally report back to you within 5 working days of receiving your sample for the diagnose my plant problem, giving our initial examination findings and if appropriate, a time-scale for completion of the work.

For a single morphological (insect or mite) identification starts from £125 + VAT and a diagnosis (provisional or final) is provided within three working days.

Bespoke tests are available on request, please contact us on +44 (0)300 100 0322 or via the Crop health team: crophealth@fera.co.uk

A 'sample' is defined as a unique unit sent in for examination of the same problem. A unit can be a single item (plant, plant part, soil, insect, etc.), or multiple items of the same variety, taken from the same location and exhibiting the same problem. In the case of plants or produce, a sample should comprise 2 or 3 items showing a range of symptoms along with a couple of healthy looking items for comparison. Entirely dead material should not be submitted for testing.

Please contact us to discuss volume discounts.

Detail Specification

Standard Turnaround Time

5 working days

Parameters tested


Method Used


Diagnose My Plant/Insect Problem

Subtotal £125.00

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