Plant & Pest Diagnostics

Clinic specification

Scientia Terrae provides diagnostic services and advice for preventing and remediating plant health and food safety concerns.

The clinic directly and uniquely benefits its horticultural users through prediction of oncoming disease threats for environmentally sound plant health management. Furthermore, the clinic is a vital link for process integrated microbiological analyses related to food safety and quality.

Its clientele includes:

  • Fruit and vegetable growers
  • Ornamental plant growers and tree nurseries
  • Auction markets and distributors
  • Homeowners
  • Parks and recreation departments
  • Landscape professionals
  • Plant health practitioners
  • Food processing companies

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Clinic features

Scientia Terrae has successfully developed a technology to simultaneously detect and quantify a wide variety of plant pathogenic and beneficial microorganisms in complex environmental samples such as soils, rockwool, seeds, composts, animal manure, water, and plants. Each diagnosis can be achieved within 36 hours of sampling based on an objective technique utilizing an array of genus- and species-specific DNA fragments.

Thus, this new strategy provides a substantial improvement in diagnosis time from the 14 to 21 days typically experienced with currently recognized conventional culture plating and subjective microscopic methods.

Among the clinics features are its:

  • Objective diagnostic tools
  • Consistent results
  • Timely reporting
  • Accurate diagnoses
  • Comprehensive knowledge base