Soil Health Unit

Fera has established the Soil Health Unit to improve understanding of soil management and its effects on crop health and threat control. Our work involves investigating the interactions between soil condition, crops, water and biotic stress – and the environmental factors that influence them.

Soil Health Unit
What test do I need?

If you are unsure what kind of tests you need, we can help you diagnose your crop using our plant diagnosis techniques.

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  1. Stem Nematode Analysis
    The bulb and stem nematode (Ditylenchus dipsaci) is a particularly destructive plant pathogenic nematode, affecting over 450 plant species.
  2. Potato & Beet Cyst Nematodes (PCN & BCN): extraction from soil

    An ISO accredited test for the extraction and identification of potato cyst nematode (PCN) species Globodera rostochiensis and Globodera pallida from soil.

  3. Virus-vector nematodes from soil: Needle and Dagger

    A test for both Dagger nematodes (Xiphinema diversicaudatum) & Needle nematodes (Longidorus elongates) from soil.

  4. General free-living plant-parasitic nematodes from soil: Standard

    A test for free-living plant-parasitic nematodes from soil including extraction, counts and identification to genus/species (including root-lesion nematodes) of any free living nematodes found within your sample. We also supply information on any pathogenic nematodes found (Plese note: virus vectors require specialist extraction methods).

  5. Cyst nematodes: Number of eggs per gram of soil

    Our experienced Fera nematologists can determine the number of cyst nematode eggs per gram of soil within your samples. From this detailed analysis prevention strategies can be introduced to ensure crop yield and quality is protected against these cyst nematodes.

  6. Virus-vector nematodes from soil: Stubby Root

    A test for stubby-root nematodes such as Trichodorus or Paratrichodorus minor. Plants infected show short stunted roots and a general overall reduction in root development. These nematodes can also transmit damaging plant viruses.

  7. General free-living plant-parasitic nematodes from soil: Basic
    Our expert nematologists will analyse your soil samples for free-living nematodes which includes the extraction, count and identification to group (including root-lesion nematodes, but with the exception of virus vectors which require specialist extraction methods). This can give you the initial analysis required to point your prevention strategies in the correct direction.

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