Plant Disease Diagnosis & Tissue Analysis

Plant Disease Control

Plant disease diagnosis (also plant pathology or phytopathology) is the scientific analysis of diseases in plants caused by pathogens (infectious organisms) and environmental conditions (physiological factors).

Organisms that cause infectious disease include fungi, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, nematodes and parasitic plants.

Plant Tissue Analysis

Plant tissue analysis (also plant tissue test or leaf analysis) on the other hand, is the analysis of the nutrient content of a plant, often assessed by testing a sample of tissue from that plant. Such tests are an excellent tool for fine tuning your crop’s nutrition programme.

Plant tissue analysis or leaf tests are important in farming since fertilizer application can be fine-tuned if the plants nutrient status is known. Nitrogen most commonly limits plant growth and is the most managed nutrient.

Plant Analysis Recommendations

We provide easy to read, colour-coded lab reports that clearly indicate what is limiting your yields and, in addition to offering professional sampling services for your farm, we can give you recommendations on which products to reply to address any disease, nematode or nutritional issues arise.

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The types of crop analysis we offer

Making sure your plants have the right nutrient balance across all the different growth periods greatly improves the yield potential. To help you optimise yields, we offer the following tests:

Our leaf nutrient analysis monitors the levels of nutrient uptake by your plants. This enables us to diagnose existing nutrient deficiencies and predict other problems that may occur. By monitoring crop nutrient status across the life of the crop, we can help you optimise production and decide on management interventions that will make sure your yields aren’t nutrient limited.

Our plant pathology and nematode screening offers an affordable way of diagnosing diseases for both commercial growers and smallholder farmers. We can screen all parts of the plant including the leaves, roots, fruits and stems, and can diagnose a wide variety of different fungal, bacterial and viral diseases including leaf spots, root rot diseases, mosaic viruses, cankers and wilt. We also screen for nematodes.

In addition to plant tissue, we can also test soils and growth substrates for diseases that will limit your yields. We can also provide practical recommendations, helping you to quickly and effectively take the best corrective action.

In addition to soil-borne pathogens, a common source of plant diseases is contaminated seed. Several important pathogens are transmitted this way, including maize lethal necrosis disease and potato seed viruses, which can cause dramatic yield losses.

We can screen your seed before you plant it, reducing disease pressure and giving you peace of mind before selling it on or drilling large volumes on your farm.

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