Explore Fera's Facilities

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Explore Fera's Facilities

We are no ordinary people.

We are original thinkers and problem solvers.

Take a tour of our extensive facilities.

We are proud to be a world-class science services company whose successes help to tackle some of today’s biggest challenges, presented to by our overcrowded planet. At Fera we work hard to help the world make better use of natural and sustainable resources whilst ensuring people can live and eat safely.

Our success is built on our ability to solve problems. Over 100 years of our accumulated original thinking sets us apart from the rest. We are passionate about our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guides us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe.

With world-class facilities and capabilities spanning plant and bee health, crop protection, sustainable agriculture, food and feed quality and chemical safety in the environment, we are everywhere you need us.

Environmental Fate Laboratories

Fera can support the environmental fate (eFate) testing requirements of your agrochemicals development programme in our state-of-the-art laboratories using sediments, soils and natural waters.

Find out more about our EFate Studies

Bee Ecotoxicology Laboratories

Our research expertise and scientific resources can help you to test your plant-protection products for their effects on bee survival, development and behaviour – helping you to develop products that are safe for bees and other pollinators. 

Find out more about our Bee Studies

Aquatic Laboratories & Plant Room

Work with a partner with more than 20 years of experience in a wide range of study types on water quality and aquatic life. Accessing our new state-of-the-art facilities, purpose-built, high spec aquatic facility.

Find out more about our Fish Studies

Glasshouses - Efficacy & Plant Metabolism

Fera offers a comprehensive range of dietary exposure testing services that includes primary plant metabolism and rotational crop studies, performed in dedicated environmentally controlled facilities. We can also support the discovery stage of new molecules - helping you increase compound value, identification of registration challenges as well as mitigating registration challenges with our efficacy studies.

Find out more about our Efficacy Studies
Find out more about our Plant Metabolism Studies

Mesocosm - Higher Tier Risk Assessments

A unique Platform for Higher Tier Risk Assessment of Novel Plant Protection Products. The new E-Flows mesocosm has been in development for two years and will allow the examination of simulations of natural aquatic environments under controlled conditions. 

Find out more about our Mesocosm Studies

The Thomson Suite - Mass Spectrometry

The Thomson Suite is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the UK. It is a bespoke laboratory running to GLP quality standards that houses 30 state-of-the-art mass spectrometry instruments.  The equipment within the facility consists of very sensitive and selective instruments such as LC-MS/MS, IC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS which are used for the make-up of compounds.

Find out more about our the Thomson Suite

Molecular Technology Unit (MTU)

Our diagnosticians are globally recognised for their expertise in diagnosing plant diseases and identification of plant pests. Our approach is to use the most appropriate method for diagnosing each sample ranging from traditional techniques, such as microscopy through to cutting edge molecular diagnostics. 

Find out more about Plant Clinic & the MTU

Physicochemical Properties

Physicochemical (or physchem) testing is an integral requirements of product registration for agrochemicals and animal health products; We specialise in physchem testing of a wide variety of materials, ranging from pure, stable substances up to complex mixtures and UVCBs as well as reactive matter. 

Find out more about our analytical chemistry services

Field Trials

Our Senior trials team have more than 20 years' experience conducting replicated field trials. All trials staff are fully trained. You will have access to  4 onsite 816sqm plots simulating true-to-life scenarios. Agricultural trials can be undertaken throughout the year including seed sown during winter months to truly replicate the growing cycle.

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