Pathological Tests

endophyteEndophyte: A test to detect the presence or absence of endophyte fungi (Neotyphodium spp.) in seeds of various grass species such as tall fescue and ryegrass. It helps growers to make decisions regarding the marketing of grass seeds for feed or turf purposes.

Pest and Disease (P&D): The working sample is examined for a list of pests and diseases. Affected seeds are removed, identified, weighed and reported by percentage.

Orobanche Test (OT): Determines the presence of Orobanche seeds in a submitted sample of red clover using a dry method.

Ergot: A test to detect Ergot (Claviceps purpurea) in a sample. The ergoted seeds are removed, weighed and reported as percentage.

Blackleg Testing: A test that detects the presence of Phoma lingam (Leptoshaeria maculans) on seed. The test is for Brassica species: canola, kale, turnip, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. 

Mosaic Virus Testing: A test that detects the presence mosaic virus on seed. This test is for squash, tomato, pepper, cucumber,potato and other species of seed.