Soil Bait Tests: Phytophthora (except P. Rubi, and P. idaei) and Pythium

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Soil Bait Tests: Phytophthora (except P. Rubi, and P. idaei) and Pythium
  • Minimum Sample
    500g to 1000g soil or compost
  • Minimum no. of samples required
  • Standard Turnaround
    10 working days

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.

Phytophthora and Pythium cause significant damage to crops and symptoms include yellowing of foliage, wilting, stunted growth and dieback. Both are found within the soil, where they may survive for many years in the absence of a host plant.

Using this soil bait method Fera can test for numerous strains of Phytophthora except P. Rubi, and P. idaei.

Submitting your Sample

When submitting your sample please follow the guidelines outlined within our sample shipping information.

The relevant signed sample submission form must be included (in a separate bag if sample is damp); failure to send a sample submission form may result in a delay of your sample being tested and make diagnosis more difficult. To help us process your samples in the most efficient way please fill in as much information as possible on the relevant form below. Please ensure you provide your email address, 'Your Ref', 'Purchase order no' and 'Name and Address for Invoice' in the sections where applicable.

Download the sample submission form here

More Information

Closely related to Phytophthora, Pythium species also attack the roots and stems of a range of ornamental plants. Whilst generally less damaging than Phytophthora, Pythium can nonetheless be troublesome, particularly on seedlings, cuttings, bedding plants and pot plants.

Download the Pythium Factsheet

Phytophthora diseases can be very damaging to many plants and a particular problem in ornamental horticulture. There are in excess of 100 different species of Phytophthora, and whilst the host range will vary between species, most are capable of attacking a wide range of plants.

Download the Phytophthora Factsheet



Sample Information

500g to 1000g soil or compost per sample

Parameters Tested


Turnaround Time

10 working days

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