This test for Strawberry Red Core (Phytophthora fragariae) in soil allows for the detection of the disease in the ground before planting.
Plants infected become stunted with less growth and smaller fruit. The causal pathogen is able to stay within contaminated soil for long periods of time.
Cultivated raspberries and strawberries are especially susceptible to red core. This fungus-like pathogen infects strawberries, infecting rootlets, causing the roots to rot from root tip upwards, leading to a characteristic reddening of the inner portion of the root. The pathogen can be introduced with infected planting stock or contaminated equipment.
Phytophthora diseases can be very damaging to many plants and a particular problem in ornamental horticulture. There are in excess of 100 different species of Phytophthora, and whilst the host range will vary between species, most are capable of attacking a wide range of plants.
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Standard Turnaround Time
|20 working days|
|Soil bait test and TaqMan® PCR assay.|
Type of Test
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