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

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

  2. Virus-vector nematodes from soil: Stubby-Root nematodes

    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.

  3. Cyst Nematodes (including Beet Cyst Nematode and Cereal Cyst Nematode): extraction from soil (1kg Soil)

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

  4. Spraing test for Soil (tobacco rattle virus and potato mop top virus)

    Tests for the 2 viruses responsible for spraing, the nematode transmitted Tobacco rattle virus (TRV) and the Powdery scab transmitted Potato mop top virus (PMTV)

  5. Spraing test for Soil - potato mop top virus

    Tests for the 2 viruses responsible for spraing, the nematode transmitted Tobacco rattle virus (TRV) and the Powdery scab transmitted Potato mop top virus (PMTV)

  6. Spraing test for Soil - tobacco rattle virus

    Tests for the 2 viruses responsible for spraing, the nematode transmitted Tobacco rattle virus (TRV) and the Powdery scab transmitted Potato mop top virus (PMTV)

  7. Detection of Potato Cyst Nematodes (PCN): extraction from soil (1kg Soil)

    An ISO accredited test for the extraction and identification of potato cyst nematodes(PCN) to genus, 1kg of soil.

  8. Monitoring of Potato Cyst Nematodes (PCN): extraction from soil (400g Soil)

    An ISO accredited test for the extraction and isolation of potato cyst nematodes species (PCN) from known infested fields, as part of management practices. Identification of cyst nematodes to genus, 400g of soil.

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