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.
If you are unsure what kind of tests you need, we can help you diagnose your crop using our plant diagnosis techniques.
A test for the presence of Verticillium dahliae in soil which causes Verticillium wilt in many plant species.
A bait test to identify Phytophthora (except P. rubi, and P. idaei.) and Pythium in soil. Both Phytophthora and Pythium are fungus-like organisms causing disease in a range of plants.
A test for Phytophthora and Fusarium on asparagus or hops. Phytophthora species are microscopic fungus-like organisms that can infect spears, crowns and roots of asparagus and cause root rot in hops. Likewise Fusarium species can cause crown and root rot of asparagus and in hops is known to cause wilting.
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