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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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. Combined Test: Powdery scab (Spongospora subterranea) and Potato mop top virus (PMTV)

    Powdery scab (Spongospora subterranea) is a fungal blemish disease of potatoes. A cosmetic defect with small lesions occurring in the early stages of the disease, progressing to raised pustules containing a powdery mass.

  2. Water Bait Test (Phytophthora 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.
  3. Potato wash water test - Total count of soft rotting bacteria (Pectobacterium and Dickeya spp.)
    An overall count of soft rotting bacteria in potato wash water.
  4. Powdery scab (Spongospora subterranea)

    Powdery scab (Spongospora subterranea) is a fungal blemish disease of potatoes. A cosmetic defect with small lesions occurring in the early stages of the disease, progressing to raised pustules containing a powdery mass.

  5. Beet necrotic yellow vein virus (BNYVV, Rhizomania in soil)

    Test for the presence of Rhizomania caused by Beet necrotic yellow vein virus (BNYVV) within soil. BNYVV can cause severe damage if the infection spreads into the whole plant.

  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)

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