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. Water Bait Test - Phytophthora (except P. fragariae, P. rubi, and P. idaei) and Pythium
    Identification of Phytophthora and Pythium from water. Both are parasitic fungus-like microorganisms that cause diseases such as root rot on a wide range of plant species.
  2. Club root (Plasmodiophora brassicae) in soil presence or absence.
    It is important to test soil for the presence of club root as the organism produces zoospores that remain in the soil for many years that can infect future crops.
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