Pocket Diagnostic® plant disease tests are used by a variety of organisations world-wide. Government agencies such as the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) and Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) along with other European and USA government and private agencies use the tests as part of statutory plant disease screening and quarantine work.
Other customers include growers, large and small, and the garden and nursery industry. Please read the statements below from some of our customers.
In addition you can read about when Pocket Diagnostic® featured on the BBC’s Countryfile TV programme.
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John Mcdonald, Nursery Industry Development Manager, Nursery and Garden Industry Queensland (AUS) www.ngiq.asn.au
“NGIQ distributes Pocket Diagnostic Test Kits across Australia to a diverse range of clients including government plant pathology units, crop consultants, plant protection managers, revegetation contractors and growers of nursery crops, fruit and vegetables. NGIQ also utilises the Pocket Diagnostic Test Kits in its plant protection system validation (auditing) of production nurseries operating under the Nursery Production Farm Management System, in-turn reducing diagnostic costs by 50% while increasing sampling rates. Periodic comparison analysis using laboratory assessments of samples diagnosed by Pocket Diagnostic Test Kits have shown a 100% correlation of results. Growers report that the advantages of portability, real time results (3 – 10 minutes) and the low cost are a significant advantage in diagnosing infection pathways, promoting effective crop monitoring and in guiding plant protection strategies. Simply, Pocket Diagnostic Test Kits are applying high level technology on-farm in a robust design at an affordable cost giving instant results”.
Joan Allen, Assistant Extension Educator, (University of Connecticut USA, Plant Diagnostic Laboratory)
“I am the plant diagnostician at the University of Connecticut and these tests are very useful for making a confident diagnosis quickly when microscopic analysis is not sufficient”.
Orlando Gonzalez Barrientos, Agronomist/Plant Inspector, Mattilsynet (Norwegian Food Safety Authority) www.mattilsynet.no
“We are very satisfied with the kits we have received. These kits allow us to select more thoroughly the material to be sent forward to our verifying laboratory”.
Maria Gråberg, Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) www.jordbruksverket.se
“Our inspectors use the test kits in nurseries, Garden Centers and parks when they are doing the inspections. This facilitates their work as they can tell the results quicker. Only when the test kit shows a positive reaction the sample is sent to the laboratory for confirmation. This saves time and money”.
Gure’ahafo Tumae, Fresh Produce Development Agency, Papua New Guinea, www.fpda.com.pg
“I am totallly satisfied with the Ralstonia solanacearum diagnostic kit you supplied. I got results that confirmed absence/presence of the bacterium and the ease with which to work was really convenient.”
Mr. Victor Perdrix, Managing director, OpenNatur s.l., Lleida, Spain www.opennatur.com
“The experiences in Spain with the Pocket Diagnostics test kits are very good. Our customers are very satisfied with your test kits for Erwinia amylovora (Eam) en Xanthomas arboricola pv pruni (Xap). They experience (feel/judge) the use of the Pocket Diagnostics product as very efficient and productive. Based on the good experiences in the fruit sector i am noticing now an upcoming interest also in other horticultural sectors to use products of Pocket Diagnostics for e.g. detection of Phytophtora and viruses in tomato.”
The following customer comment comes via our distributor in the Netherlands. Plant Research International www.pri.wur.nl
Mr. Marco Schuurman, Technical advisor, Cultus Agro Advies, Lottum, The Netherlands
“The Lateral Flow Devices for the detection of Xanthomonas arboricola pv pruni are just perfect! Results are fast and clear and already visible after a couple of minutes. The grower can directly act on basis of the test results. Last year, Cultus Agro Advies executed a validation experiment with Dr. Joop van Doorn of Applied Plant Research in Lisse, the result was that 100% of the lateral flow devices tested positive on Xanthomonas arboricola pv pruni in the field were also positive using the molecular PCR-assay in the laboratory. This gave us a lot of confidence in the product. I have always a couple of Pocket Diagnostic® test kits for Xanthomonas arboricola pv pruni with me when i am advising our growers. A bacterial disease like Xanthomonas arboricola pv pruni is still very difficult to manage/control but this easy-to-use tool is really helpful to growers to detect the disease at an early stage.”