With over 100 years' experience of delivering pest and disease identification services to a wide range of commercial growers and Government departments, both in the UK and overseas, we understand the needs of our customers.
Our R&D is delivered over three sections, Crop, Pest Management and Pathology, learn more about our services and click below.
To nurture healthy plants and crops, increasing food productivity sustainably and protect the environment our work focuses on strategic research into the biology and control of diseases of agricultural, horticultural and tree health importance. A key theme for us is in disease surveillance and risk forecasting which is strongly supported by our expertise and specialist knowledge in epidemiology, pathogen and disease identification, molecular diagnosis, spatial aspects of disease spread, knowledge management and transfer.
The team is dedicated to the development of technologies that enable stakeholders to make decisions across the agri-food chain and in the environment. Our interest is in the application of generic solutions such as PCR, isothermal amplification and next generation sequencing techniques. In particular we have considerable expertise in developing diagnostics for front line use. We work with growers, agronomists and Defra developing methods to enable better detect of plant pathogens in propagation material, soil, water and air. Early detection of pathogens in crops enables us to initiate control measures much earlier, preventing spread and reducing the impact of disease. We offer the most comprehensive range of testing services and are the UK's largest tester of crop health testing in excess of 8,500 samples a year.
Our expertise covers pest species including insects, mites, slugs and nematodes. Our specialists can help you to detect, identify, monitor and control pests in growing crops and stored produce. Our work also includes research on pests, such as house flies, blow flies, midges and parasitic mites, as well as supporting the development of novel biological and chemical pesticides.
If you are developing new pest control measures, our team has the expertise to support you every step of the way – from early stage pre-commercialisation research, through to preparing registration dossiers and product stewardship. Our interdisciplinary approach and access to specialist facilities enable us to adapt our research to meet the specific requirements of your project.
Fera provides research and development services for a wide range of government departments and authorities, as well as commercial businesses, farmers and growers. Our research capabilities include:
Research and development into novel pesticide targets and delivery systems, including hormones and receptors, parasitic wasp venoms, enhanced biological control by immune suppression, modifying reproductive behaviour, fusion proteins for enhanced oral uptake, novel toxins and RNA-interference (RNAi).
Efficacy evaluation and development of insecticides, acaricides, molluscicides and adjuvants.
Strategies to tackle both indigenous and non-indigenous pests of agriculture, horticulture, tree and bee health importance, including improved monitoring, evaluation of non-chemical control techniques, natural enemies and ecosystem management.
Research and development, commercial monitoring services and strategic advice covering a range of mite-borne and insect nuisance problems, including storage and allergenic mites of food processing, stored products, animal feed stocks and habitation.
Understanding the biology and behaviour of key invertebrate pest species to advise on policy and control strategies.
For more information on these, or any of our other services, please get in touch.
Our work helps farmers and growers to achieve more sustainable crop production while protecting the environment from disease threats, and focuses on disease surveillance and risk forecasting, supported by our expertise in epidemiology, pathogen and disease identification, molecular diagnosis, spatial aspects of disease spread, knowledge management and transfer.
We can support you with our research expertise in pathogen epidemiology, disease-management strategies, chemical applications, pesticide efficacy testing (ORETO registered) and monitoring for resistance in pathogen populations. Our team is also a leading provider of research on quarantine plant pathogens. Our facilities include specialised quarantine laboratories and glasshouses, which we use to study the epidemiology and control of pathogens that may present a threat to UK farmers and growers.
We maintain culture collections of major plant pathogens including Fusarium species, Septoria tritici, Phytophthora ramorum, P. kernoviae and Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus (the cause of ash dieback). We can also collect additional isolates on request, particularly pathogens of wheat and oilseed rape.
Fera provides research and development services for a wide range of government departments and authorities, as well as commercial businesses, farmers and growers.
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