Fera is a leading provider of efficacy tests and trials for plant-protection products. We are officially recognised as a component body* to carry out tests on products for agricultural, horticultural, stored crop and vertebrate control application. Fera provides efficacy screening services to help you successfully patent and register new pesticide and other plant-protection compounds. Our scientists will test the efficacy of your compounds under controlled conditions on a wide range of plant pest, pathogen and weed species.Successful product registration relies on robust efficacy testing, you can rely on Fera to provide data across all stages of screening to support you with early product registration.
Whether you need early screening of new active ingredients, small-scale ‘pilot’ studies to support new product development or large-scale efficacy data for product registration, our scientists have the expertise and resources to deliver a bespoke testing programme to suit your requirements. Fera offers all the scientific expertise you need to assess and demonstrate the efficacy of your products.
We understand that the industry is under significant pressure as regulatory requirements for agrichemicals become more stringent, and therefore there are less active ingredients to choose from.Dedicated to supporting our partners bring their products to market, Fera uses original thinking and scientific knowledge to create bespoke solutions that help our partners test new compounds.
Our approach is aimed at improving plant and crop health by supporting product development for the agricultural sector that helps to maintain high yields while ensuring the sustainability and productivity for the agri-food industry. Fera can work flexibly, performing both small-scale indicative studies or to meet more in-depth higher tier testing requirements for a compound. This includes providing expert guidance to support large-scale efficacy data for product registration and individual environmental fate and ecotoxicology screens for single compounds to support small-scale ‘pilot’ studies. Our bespoke testing programmes suit all scale projects to help our partners successfully patent and register new pesticide and other plant-protection compounds.
Your Fera efficacy testing programme will be fully confidential. Fera offers a multi stage efficacy screening approach for plant-protection products and control methods. We can carry out tests for efficacy on a wide range of species, including:
Your tests can be carried out in a range of environments, according to your needs, from controlled laboratory conditions to practical semi-field and full-field trials. We recommend that initial laboratory studies are run in conjunction with phytotoxicity trials, to determine your product’s compatibility with a range of crop species.
Compounds for primary screening can be tested against: Fungal plant pathogens, nematodes, insects, mites and weeds. A wide range of laboratory based primary screen tests are available for each of the above pest areas which allows us to customise testing according to your needs
Where compound efficacy has been demonstrated in the primary screen compounds are assessed in a secondary screen.Secondary screening tests are carried out in planta either in a glasshouse or controlled environment room.As with the primary screen a wide range of secondary screens are available which allows us to customise testing according to your needs.
For compounds that demonstrate efficacy in secondary screening small plot trials can be carried out to demonstrate compound field activity.
Quaternary screening studies are tailored for each compound, based on previous screening results and evidence. Studies will be designed to deliver in-silico evaluation of compounds to support the chemical synthesis programme, or to determine likely regulatory issues such as toxicology or ecotoxicology.
Fera can support both discovery companies and established plant protection producers with individual environmental fate and ecotoxicology screens, while also offering bespoke multi stage efficacy screening for higher tier studies used to meet regulations and help get products to marketContact us
Fera can support both discovery companies and established plant protection producers with individual environmental fate and ecotoxicology screens, while also offering bespoke multi stage efficacy screening for higher tier studies used to meet regulations and help get products to market.
Chris is an expert in regulatory environmental risk assessment processes, registration requirements and guidance for pharmaceuticals, veterinary medicines and pesticides.
Phil Jennings has over 25 years of experience in fungal plant pathology, especially epidemiology, disease control, experimental/field trial designs and investigative research approaches.
* Certificate number: ORETO 134.
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