Plant/Soil Sample Reception - 04G06
Fera Science Ltd. (Fera)
York Biotech Campus
When submitting your sample please follow the guidelines outlined below.
Bespoke tests are available on request, please contact us on +44 (0)300 100 0322 or via the Crop health team: [email protected]
A 'sample' is defined as a unique unit sent in for examination of the same problem. A unit can be a single item (plant, plant part, soil, etc.), or multiple items of the same variety, taken from the same location and exhibiting the same problem. In the case of plants or produce, a sample should comprise 2 or 3 items showing a range of symptoms along with a couple of healthy looking items for comparison. Entirely dead material should not be submitted for testing.
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.
When sending plant pathogens and invertebrates from outside England and Wales, and soil/other growing media from outside the European Union* for testing please include the relevant Fera Letter of Authority (as issued by Fera Science Ltd) to ensure your samples are not delayed upon entry to the UK. This covers material to be sent for diagnosis of plant pests and pathogens.
Fera hold plant health licences which (for the purposes above) allow us to:
As the customer, you are responsible for paying any customs duties or excise duties that may be raised by UK Customs when sending samples to Fera for testing. If this charge is passed to Fera on your behalf we reserve the right to charge this cost back to you and this may be invoiced separately from your testing charges. We therefore recommend that, where possible, packages should be marked with zero or a nominal monetary value and samples be labelled 'No commercial value - to be destroyed after scientific testing'.
For a copy of the Plant, Soil or Invertebrates licence please contact us on +44 (0)300 100 0322 or email [email protected]
Completing the Letter of AuthorityYou will need to complete boxes 1, 9, 12, 13 and 14 of the Letter of Authority, (this is an official Plant Health Document and must be completed, failure to do so may result in the package being stopped at the UK Border and held for an unspecified period of time).
- To help us offer the best possible service we need the best possible sample. Try to send a sample that is representative of the problem - we need to see the full range of symptoms.
- For diseases, try to include the boundary between healthy and diseased tissue and where possible, include healthy material for comparison marked as such.
- If symptoms on leaves or shoots show general discoloration or dieback, suggesting possible root damage, then please send us a whole plant (where possible) and include the roots and surrounding soil.
- If you suspect the problem is due to nematodes, please include separate soil samples from both the unaffected area and the edge of the affected area.
Enclose moist root ball in a plastic bag sealed around the plant stem. Place the whole plant in a second plastic bag, inflate slightly and seal.
Virus diagnosis: Place in a plastic bag, inflate slightly and seal.
Other/unknown diagnosis: Wrap sample in slightly moist absorbent paper, place in a plastic bag, inflate slightly and seal
Samples of invertebrate pests (insects, spiders, mites etc.) should be put in a sealed shatter proof container.
Invertebrate diagnosis: Wrap in dry, absorbent paper. Place in a plastic bag, inflate slightly and seal.
Other/unkown diagnosis: Wrap in dry, absorbent paper. Do not place in a plastic bag.
Ideally, samples should be dispatched by either express courier service or first-class post to arrive at Fera next day. Try to avoid sending samples over the weekend or a bank holiday. All samples should be put in a strong cardboard box and packed securely with screwed up paper.
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