The Diagnostic and Advisory Service (DAS), located at the CABI UK Centre, can receive and examine plant material and soil samples in order to provide a diagnosis on plant health problems. As part of this process the DAS team, supported by CABI Microbial and Molecular Services (MMS) staff and colleagues from external partner organisations, isolate and identify fungi, bacteria, viruses, phytoplasmas, nematodes and insect pests associated with plant symptoms. This enables them to also provide appropriate information and advice on how each problem may be effectively and sustainably managed. The DAS, authorised to receive any plant material from anywhere in the world, is unique in its global operation and the range of plant health problems it can handle. Based on the expertise and experience of the team, it is well placed to diagnose and advise on problems of temperate and tropical crops in particular.
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