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New Disease Report in collaboration with Brazil

Published: January 28th, 2019

Revised: January 29th, 2019

First report of the identification of a ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma pruni’-related strain of phytoplasma in Melothria pendul

In 2017, Sporometics participated in the Canadian AgriTech Mission to Brazil led by Global Affairs Canada and NRC-IRAP. We are pleased to announce Sporometrics’ first collaborative publication with these partnerships can now be read in the journal Plant Pathology.

Sporometrics own plant pathologist expert, Dr. Yaima Arocha-Rosete, along with Dr. Helena Guglielmi Montano of the Entomology and Plant Pathology Department, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), have been working on describing the Guadeloupe cucumber as a new host plant for phytoplamsa infection. In Brazil, photoplasma has already been associated with causing disease in the cassava plant. Identifying new crops as a potential host for phytoplasma infections has been an ongoing concern in the agricultural sector. Across the world, phytoplasma infected crops have left their devastating impact on the agricultural economy. Sporometrics continuing efforts in studying infected coconut crops in the Ivory Cost in addition to these new research opportunities in Brazil may lead us in the right direction to combat plant diseases.

You can read the full publication in Plant Pathology Here

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Serpula lacrymans PCR testing [SLDNA] NEW!

Published: January 23rd, 2019

Revised: January 23rd, 2019


Don’t let wood rot run rampant in your home!

Serpula lacrymans (otherwise known as the brown dry rot fungus) can cause irreversible damage if left unchecked. Damages caused by Serpula lacrymans are quite visible and easily recognized as it often turns the infected wood yellow leaving a crumbly and dry texture.  However, by the time these symptoms are noticeable, the fungus may already be in its advances stages of decay. It is capable of traveling several meters through nutrient-free material such as concrete and brick far from the original source of moisture.  In response to the need for a quick early detection method for Serpula lacrymans, Sporometrics has developed a PCR based method to screen for the dry rot fungus in wood. If there is a sneaking suspicion that dry rot may be growing on your building material, send the material in question to us and we can give you peace of mind.

Types of samples to send

  • Bulk samples of the suspect wood
  • Bulk samples of the suspect mushroom
  • Bulk samples of soil

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