Posted: 2nd March 2017
There has been a lot of activity in recent times with plant health. California has seen the incidences of Sudden Oak Death (Phytophthora Ramorum) rise to worrying levels and the European Parliament have set out measures to tackle the effects of plant diseases in Europe.
In addition, closer to home, the Forestry Commission (UK) has been giving guidance on how to stop the spread of Phytophthora to those who may come into contact with infected trees.
Alongside this, Pocket Diagnostic® plant disease rapid tests have been doing their bit in the fight against plant pathogens. Growers, inspectors and researchers alike have benefited from these easy to use tools when detecting devastating plant disease.
Pocket Diagnostic® rapid tests have been shipped to 6 continents in the aim of helping the recipients confirm the presence of a plant pathogen before it spreads.
Organisations in USA, UK, Australia and Northern Europe have used our Phytophthora test as part of routine disease testing in forests (Phytophthora Ramorum, Sudden Oak Death) and on potato crops (Phytophthora Infestans).
In Kenya, our Ralstonia Solanacearum test has been helping growers of pelargonium to keep bacterial wilt at bay, as well as helping research projects in Brazil. While potato disease inspection professionals in the UK, India and USA have used the Potato virus Y test for routine plant disease work.
“In the years I’ve been with Pocket Diagnostic®, the test kits have been shipped to over 35 countries worldwide. Knowing our tests are helping to maintain yield and protect livelihoods around the world is great”, explains Sales and Marketing Executive, Malcolm Briggs.
“Pocket Diagnostic® uses the same technology as a pregnancy test to detect devastating plant pathogens. This simple yet complex technology never fails to amaze me!”
Pocket Diagnostic® is a range of rapid tests for detecting plant virus’, bacteria and fungi in the field within minutes. Furthermore, if you would like more information about Pocket Diagnostic® please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1904 406050.
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