Soil bait tests for asparagus or hops (only): Phytophthora (except Phytophthora fragariae) and Fusarium

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Soil bait tests for asparagus or hops (only): Phytophthora (except Phytophthora fragariae) and Fusarium
  • Minimum Sample
    500g to 1000g soil or compost
  • Minimum no. of samples required
  • Standard Turnaround
    10 working days

A test for Phytophthora and Fusarium on asparagus or hops. Phytophthora species are microscopic fungus-like organisms that can infect spears, crowns and roots of asparagus and cause root rot in hops. Likewise Fusarium species can cause crown and root rot of asparagus and in hops is known to cause wilting.

Phytophthora and Fusarium are found within the soil, where they may survive for many years in the absence of a host.

This is a soil bait test specifically focussing on those Phytophthora and Fusarium causing diseases in asparagus and hops.

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

Verticillium and Fusarium species are soil-borne fungi that can survive for extended periods in the absence of a host plant by producing resilient resting structures. Species commonly causing vascular wilt diseases of plants are Verticillium dahliae, Verticillium albo-atrum and host-specific strains of Fusarium oxysporum.

Download the Fusarium 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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