Clubroot is a disease caused by the pathogen Plasmodiophora brassicae, which affects cruciferous vegetables such as canola, cabbage, and broccoli. Element provides specialist clubroot testing for clubroot disease prevention and control, helping agricultural producers ensure healthy food production.

Clubroot is a significant threat to canola and other vegetable crops, and a primary concern for landowners and producers worldwide, with severe outbreaks causing considerable crop losses. Plasmodiophora brassicae is a particularly hardy pathogen that doesn’t easily fit into the standard classification of life, which makes clubroot disease a challenge to control and prevent. 

Element’s soil testing laboratories provide expert clubroot testing services using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methodology. The results of clubroot testing provide critical data to identify clubroot spores in soil and determine whether a field is healthy.


Real-time PCR for clubroot testing

Element offers specialist clubroot testing services through the real-time PCR method for detecting the clubroot pathogen in a field. We test for the presence of clubroot spores by quantifying Plasmodiophora brassicae DNA by real-time PCR (or qPCR), which has been proven reliable for identifying even very low levels of clubroot infection.  

Our developed methodology for clubroot testing has added advantages over other methods. It allows:

  • Accurate DNA quantification
  • A high degree of specificity
  • Faster results than traditional methods of DNA analysis


The Element advantage

With extensive expertise in soil testing and advanced laboratory equipment, Element is your specialist partner in clubroot testing and all types of soil analysis. We test with the highest levels of accuracy, delivering data that is first-time-right, and done on time. 

All our methods undergo strict and rigorous quality control procedures. We demonstrate a consistently reliable service and high technical competence. Our goal is to help you prevent clubroot spread, reduce the incidence and severity of the disease, and ensure excellent soil health for safe food production.

To learn more about our real-time PCR method for clubroot testing or other soil testing services, contact us today. 


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