Plant Clinic

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Plant Clinic

Fera's Plant Clinic is the largest in the UK. Our work supports healthy plants and crops, increasing sustainable food production and protecting the environment.



Our crop testing and molecular facilities deliver expert diagnostics on a range of plant issues from all over the world. We have extensive expertise in the fields of bacterial, fungal, viral, insect and nematode identification.

Our experienced team offer bespoke testing so if you are unsure what kind of test you need, we can help diagnose your crop using our plant diagnostic techniques.

We can identify plant pests and pathogens found in arable crops, vegetables, trees, ornamental plants, protected edibles, seeds, soft fruit, turf and water. We also have a UKAS accredited nematology testing facility for PCN and free-living nematodes as well as the facility to test for pests and diseases of bees and mites in relation to food storage.


Our Experience

Our diagnosticians are globally recognised for their expertise in diagnosing plant diseases and identification of plant pests. Our approach is to use the most appropriate method for diagnosing each sample ranging from traditional techniques, such as microscopy through to cutting edge molecular diagnostics. We undertake high-quality research and monitoring to provide robust evidence, solutions and advice on the epidemiology and control of plant diseases in agriculture, horticulture and the natural environment. Our scientists undertake bespoke projects for growers to help address specific issues and improve yields.

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Strawberry Virus Screening

A molecular screen for the following viruses: Strawberry Crinkle Virus, Strawberry mottle virus, Strawberry mild yellow edge virus, Strawberry vein banding virus, Strawberry latent ringspot virus, Arabis mosaic virus, Raspberry ringspot virus and Tomato black ring virus.

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Soft Rotting Bacteria

Regular monitoring is required to prevent the introduction and spread of blackleg and soft rot as these diseases pose a serious threat to British potato production. Bacteria soft rot is known to cause a greater loss of produce than any other known bacterial disease. 

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Monitoring of PCN

Early detection of PCN is key to preserving yield, reducing costs and infestations. The introduction of PCN cysts into a field can go unnoticed for several years until the infestation reaches a harmful level. It is recommended that regular testing is carried out before signs occur.

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Crop Testing

Our leading expertise and outstanding facilities can help you understand and identify your agricultural challenges; helping you to deliver more economically and environmentally resilient farming solutions for the sustainable intensification of arable systems.

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Nematology Testing

Fera's team of nematode experts provide a unique free-living nematode identification service, and offers nematode detection and consultancy advice for all sectors of agriculture and horticulture potentially reducing yield loss.  

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Soil Health Unit

We are helping farmers and industry to understand how different soil properties influence the development and spread of pests and diseases. We help by developing more effective soil-management strategies to mitigate these risks.


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Seed Testing

Our plant clinic experts offer a wide range of seed tests to meet your testing requirements including, Alternaria spp. seed test, Pospiviroid seed testing package, Colletotrichum spp. test on Lupin seed and much more.

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Virology Diagnosis

The virology diagnostics team at Fera utilises a range of tests, including ELISA, and molecular methods such as PCR and next generation sequencing, to both detect and identify a range of plant affecting viruses, viroids and phytoplasmas.

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Grower Support Tools

Fera has developed a range of tools, online databases and technology to support farmers, growers and the agricultural sector produce more crops more efficiently, whilst using fewer resources and pesticides.

Fera has the best people in the right place focussed on delivering the right solution. We continuously invest in our people and support them in delivering the best science to our partners.
Areas of Expertise

Charles Lane

Charles has spent the past 20 years identifying fungal plant diseases both indigenous and alien to the UK. He leads Fera’s work on citizen science developing capability and capacity in stakeholders, NGOs and members of the public about plant health and biosecurity.

Meet the scientists

Tom Prior

Tom is the Senior Plant Nematologist at Fera. As lead nematologist, his role is to deliver a high-quality nematology diagnostic service to a wide range of UK and overseas government and commercial clients. The team utilises a range of both cutting edge and classical techniques.

Antonia Walker

Antonia Walker

Antonia is the Plant Clinic Sales Manager at Fera. Antonia supports growers both in the UK and internationally by offering testing solutions and bespoke services on a wide range of crops. The team of scientists and diagnosticians in the Fera Plant Clinic offer the highest standard of diagnostics.


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