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  1. Strawberry red core (Phytophthora fragariae) in plants (Non-Symptomatic)
    This test for Strawberry Red Core (Phytophthora fragariae) on non-symptomatic plants allows for the detection of low levels of the disease in propogation material.
  2. Standard growing on test for virus in Potato
    This growing on test takes six to eight weeks where tubers are grown on in the glasshouse and subsequently tested for various PVY strains and any specific viruses as requested using ELISA.
  3. Beet necrotic yellow vein virus (BNYVV, Rhizomania in soil)

    Test for the presence of Rhizomania caused by Beet necrotic yellow vein virus (BNYVV) within soil. BNYVV can cause severe damage if the infection spreads into the whole plant.

  4. Foliar nematodes from plant material (excluding bulbs)

    Many plant species are susceptible to infection by foliar parasitic nematodes, leaf and bulb nematodes (Aphelenchoides spp.) and stem nematode (Ditylenchus dipsaci).

  5. Pea seed-borne mosaic virus by ELISA - Seeds
    Pea seed-borne mosaic virus (PSbMV) a seed and aphid transmitted virus that causes yield losses and seed defects in a range of bean and pea crops.
  6. Pea bacterial blight - Pseudomonas syringae pv. pisi - Pea seed
    Test for Pseudomonas syringae pv. pisi, more commonly known as pea bacterial blight. Infection causes water-soaked spots which may coalesce into larger lesions.
  7. Soft rotting bacteria (Total count and Identification of Pectobacterium / Dickeya species)
    Blackleg is caused by a number of pectolytic bacteria, including Pectobacterium and Dickeya species, that have the ability to breakdown plant cell walls. It is a disease which affects all sectors of the UK potato industry.
  8. Gangrene Latent Test
    A latent test for gangrene, a slow growing fungal disease of stored potatoes, caused by Boeremia foveata.
  9. Combined Test: Powdery scab (Spongospora subterranea) and Potato mop top virus (PMTV)

    Powdery scab (Spongospora subterranea) is a fungal blemish disease of potatoes. A cosmetic defect with small lesions occurring in the early stages of the disease, progressing to raised pustules containing a powdery mass.

  10. Barley yellow dwarf virus and Soil borne cereal mosaic virus

    This testing for cereal crops covers both Barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) and Soil-borne cereal mosaic virus.

  11. Pospiviroid seed testing package (1500 seeds)

    Pospiviroid positives detected by real time RT-PCR (TaqMan) are tested by RT-PCR and sequencing to try to identify and confirm the pospiviroid.

  12. Potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd) seed testing package (1500 seeds)

    Potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd) effects tomato, pepper and other solanaceous hosts. Symptoms include stunting, severe yellowing and distortion of the leaves. PSTVd is seed transmitted. 1500 seeds are tested for Potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd) by real time RT-PCR (TaqMan). However, this TaqMan assay also detects Tomato chlorotic dwarf viroid (TCDVd), Mexican papita viroid (MPVd) and Tomato planta macho viroid (TPMVd).

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