Neogen plant disease rapid screening tests


ArborCarbon are the Australian and New Zealand distributors for Neogen ALERT-LF and SPOTCHECK-LF lateral flow tests which detect a wide range of plant pathogens, including Phytophthora.

These  lateral flow tests are quick, simple and very easy to use.  They are used in agriculture, natural areas, nurseries and commercial greenhouses.

Both tests formats use the same lateral flow devices, they just require slightly different methods for preparing the plant material sample.  See the following test procedure videos;

Neogen Spot Check procedures

SPOTCHECK-LF for the detection of the following plant pathogens;

Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus
Ralstonia solonacearum
Xanthomonas campestris pv pelargonii
Erwinia amylovora

Neogen Alert LF procedure video image   ALERT-LF for the detection of the following fungal plant pathogens;

Phytophthora spp.
Pythium spp.
Rhizoctonia spp.

See the Neogen plant disease website  for other  phytodiagnostic solutions and more test formats for use in plant pathology laboratories.

Neogen’s phytodiagnostics business is headquartered at Neogen Europe Ltd., which is located in the West of Scotland. It is operated by a team comprised of customer service, sales, technical support, production, quality control and R&D personnel.

Neogen Europe Ltd., the European subsidiary of Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG), is a high technology business dedicated to the development and marketing of novel diagnostic kits. These kits focus on topical concerns about the quality and safety of food and agricultural products, from the quality of seed that goes into the ground, right through the chain to the safety of fully processed food products. Neogen Europe was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise for international trade and development, one of the highest awards bestowed on a UK company.

For more information and pricing for these test kits contact Leisha Jack  at ArborCarbon in Perth, Western Australia.

Email   or    ph +61 (0) 448 534 742

‘Shocking images’ reveal death of 10,000 hectares of mangroves

A report by ABC News reporter Kate Wild reveals thousand hectares of mangroves are dead across a stretch of coastline reaching from Queensland to the Northern Territory. 

“International mangroves expert Dr Norm Duke said he had no doubt the “dieback” was related to climate change.”

Affected area in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Google Map

Affected area in the Gulf of Carpentaria – Google Map

ArborCarbon scientists have been monitoring the mangroves around Port Hedland for almost 10 years.  Our recent mangrove monitoring trip recorded stable mangrove community health and condition.

Healthy mangroves are very import for the following reasons;

  • Provide coastal protection (from erosion and buffer storms)
  • Fishery nursery and habitat
  • Large biodiversity of flora and fauna (including migratory)

Australia has approximately 11,000 km2 of mangrove habitat that is rapidly declining from emerging pressures. Awareness of mangrove importance is crucial for the survival of this important ecosystem.

The importance of mangroves is eloquently explained in this Radio National podcast from The Science Show in 2010, by their guest, comedian John Clarke, who is involved in a project to restore the Mangroves of Western Port Bay, which lies east of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay.

For more information see Mangroves in Australia





Black Book of Green People

ArborCarbon‘s Dr Paul Barber has been included in the Black Book of Green People, compiled  by Vision202020 , which was featured in The Australian newspaper today in the Business section with 20 of Australia’s leading urban tree and urban greening experts from various fields of expertise.

According to the Vision202020 website, this is an “online directory and offline service that catalogues people into areas of expertise, project experience, contact details, research interests, problems in need of a solution, solutions in need of a problem, e.t.c.”.


Trees cut heat on city’s streets – City of Perth

“Experts have long known that the canopy provided by trees can affect temperatures.

The thermal imaging results, which are in the City of Perth’s draft urban forest plan, put a figure on the reality of that relationship.”

Fantastic to see the City of Perth  communicating  the linkage between tree canopy and heat.

The work provided in this article,  is the result of a precision urban forest monitoring project carried out by ArborCarbon and partners in early 2015.

It is essential that we use this type of high-resolution imagery for  precision baseline measurement and monitoring  to achieve realistic targets and sustainable urban forest management.

See article in today’s West Australian by Kate Emery here.

Victoria Avenue is much cooler than treeless streets Picture – Bill Hatto -The West Australian

Myrtle rust has potential to cause regional extinction of iconic animals

There are calls for a national plan to fight the fugal disease myrtle rust, which is destroying native trees.  and, experts says, has the potential to cause regional extinction of iconic Australian animals.

“This will threaten some of our iconic native species and there is the strong possibility that some of these species will go extinct,” chief executive of Plant Biosecurity Centre for Collaborative Research Dr Michael Robinson said.

See ABC News article