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Pest laboratory

Insect identification,
pest management,
disease diagnosis,
control advice

Pest and Plant Health Laboratories

Our PestLab and Plant Health Lab use plant pathology, entomology and nematology expertise to diagnose plant and seed diseases, and invertebrate pests.

Our customers:

  • Fresh produce importers and exporters
  • Seed industry
  • Commercial growers
  • Orchardists
  • Nurseries
  • Food processors
  • Industry groups
  • Research institutes
  • Government agencies
  • Local authorities

Our Services

Entomology & Nematology

  • Extraction and identification of nematodes in plant, soil and potting mix samples
  • Identification of insects, mites and other arthropods
  • Identification of insect contaminants for food processing and retail industries
  • Technical advice
  • Control advice

PESTLAB Order Form PDF (38 KB)

PESTLAB Price List PDF (49 KB)

IANZ Accreditation (external link)

Plant Health

A disease diagnostic service for common and unusual diseases caused by fungi and bacteria and physiological disorders. Virus testing is also carried out, along with seed health testing.

  • Trees, shrubs and vines (orchard, plantation, amenity, nursery)
  • Herbaceous crops (cut flower, cereal, vegetable, ornamental, nursery)
  • Produce (fruit, vegetables, flowers, seeds, tubers, bulbs)
  • Grasses, quasi-grasses and legumes (bowls, golf, recreational, pasture turfs)
  • Root pathogen and commensal analyses of soil/potting mix media and of bore/dam/stream waters
  • Fungus identifications for food technologists and crop scientist
  • Seed Health Testing - diseases carried by seed are known as seed-borne diseases and may be caused by pathogenic micro-organisms such as fungi, bacteria, viruses or nematodes (collectively known as pathogens). Pathogens are detected and identified in laboratory seed health tests
  • Lolium Endophyte Testing - the Lolium endophyte fungus in perennial ryegrass pastures is closely associated with ryegrass staggers and resistance to attack by the Argentine stem weevil. A testing service for Lolium endophyte in ryegrass and fescue seedlots is available.

Plant Health Diagnostic Order Form PDF (404 KB)

Seed Health Test Sample Submission Form PDF (402 KB)

Aphanomyces Soil Indexing Sample Submission Form DOCX (337 KB)

Plant Health Lab Price List PDF (47 KB)

Register of MPI Approved Suppliers of Plant Pest Identification Services (external link)