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New real-time PCR tests for detection of 5 pathogenic fungi and omycetes in strawberries


We are introducing a new real-time PCR test for the detection of five important fungal and omycete pathogens in strawberries. The panel includes Colletotrichum acutatum, Neopestalotiopsis spp., Phytophthora cactorum, Verticillium dahliae, and Verticillium albo-atrum s.l..

The real-time PCR is a technique for rapid amplification of DNA

This is done with the help of pathogen-specific building blocks. The amplification in DNA can be monitored digitally at any time. This makes it possible to confirm with more certainty whether the pathogen is present.

Fungi and Omycete

  • Colletotrichum acutatum has a RNQP status in strawberry plants. The first symptoms can be observed on the leaves. All three leaflets curl upwards. The damage is visible on the runners and petioles as elliptical sunken black spots.
  • Neopestalotiopsis spp. has been classified as a potential pathogen in strawberry plants for several years. The fungus is often found in combination with other pathogens. Symptoms can resemble those of P. cactorum.
  • Phytophthora cactorum is an omycete with RNQP status. P. cactorum causes, among other things, stem base rot and root rot in strawberries.
  • Verticillium dahliae and Verticillium albo-atrum are two Verticillium species with a RNQP status on strawberries and can cause wilting.

New tests for plant material in horticultural crops

C. acutatum, Neopestalotiopsis spp., P. cactorum, V. dahliae and V. albo-atrum.

  • Sample: 1-10 petioles including leaf base
  • PCR test rate: € 205
  • Test duration: 4 days

 For basic fees, see the 2024 price list

Naktuinbouw Laboratories supports the sector

To support the sector, Naktuinbouw Laboratories continues to develop new PCR tests. These tests support a correct diagnosis of plants with symptoms or checking for and guaranteeing freedom from certain pathogens.

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