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Initial Assessment

Initial Assessment

Initial Assessment of an Unknown Problem:

We understand that every case is different and often you may not know the likely cause of the problem. For these cases we offer an initial examination of your sample by our Plant Clinic experts to assess the most probable cause, costing from as little as £110. What this typically includes:

  • Visual examination of your sample by our plant pathologists to assess the most probable cause and appropriate method of testing (please be aware this does not include screening for viral pathogens)
  • In the event of more than one probable cause (e.g. bacterial and fungal) or specific testing being required we will contact you to discuss the additional work and costs
  • We will report back to you within 5 working days of receiving your sample, giving our initial examinations findings and if appropriate, a timescale for completion of the work

Bespoke tests are available on request, please contact the Plant Clinic on
+44 (0)1904 462324 or

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Specific Tests



Fatty acid profiling 7 days from £27.00 per sample
DNA sequencing of 16S rDNA or housekeeping genes 7 days from £43.00 per sample
Identification of storage Insects and Mites
An identification service for insects or mites found associated with a full range of commodities and manufactured products in storage environments.
3-5 days £POA
Fungal culture identification
Per culture
10 days £204 per culture
Fungicide resistance testing
Per culture
2 weeks £POA

Nutrient Analysis via Lancrop Laboratories

Whilst Fera Plant Clinic does not carry out nutrient analysis; we are able to arrange for testing to be carried out by Lancrop Laboratories and charged back at cost.

As this work is delivered by Lancrop Laboratories, Fera Plant Clinic cannot offer interpretation of results.

Samples sent to Fera for nutrient analysis only will incur an additional handling charge to cover administrative and postal costs. If samples are sent for disease/insect identification and nutrient analysis, this charge will be waived.

Relevant soil, compost, water and seed tests services are listed separately: Soil, Compost and Growing Media, Seeds, Water.


  • Timescales given are working days or weeks.
  • A 'sample' is defined as a unique unit sent in for examination of the same problem. A unit can be a single item (plant, plant part, soil, etc.), or multiple items of the same variety, taken from the same location and exhibiting the same problem. In the case of plants or produce, a sample should comprise 2 or 3 items showing a range of symptoms along with a couple of healthy looking items for comparison. Entirely dead material should not be submitted for testing.
  • † Services have been accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service to BS/EN/ISO/IEC 17025:1999 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories for tests detailed in the schedule of accreditation number 1642 (available at

Advice on submitting a sample

Information on packaging your sample, completion of forms, and sending samples from outside the UK.

Sample submission

Contact Us - Agri-Hort

T: +44 (0)300 100 0322

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Plant Clinic Price List 2016/7

Download the latest brochure here Plant Clinic Price List 2016/7 brochure

  • Specific Tests - Bacterial, Virus, Nematodes, GM, Mixed, Pest & Fungal
  • Bespoke Consultancy Service - personal approach designed for you
  • Extensive range of experts & suite of data insight online tools
  • Coming Soon - New Online Portal you can book in your samples at a time that suits you for a faster, more convenient experience
  • CHANGES - our invoicing process is changing from 1 Feb 2017. When we receive your sample we will send you an invoice, which will confirm your order

General Pest & Disease Sample Submission form

Download our Plant Clinic sample submission form here

  • Wide range of tests available as standard and diagnosing the unknown
  • Secure online sample tracking system with SamTrack
  • National Collection of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria