Ian Smith HortiCulture
PESTICIDE AND NUTRITIONAL PROGRAMS
LITIGATION AND EXPERT WITNESS
DNA FINGERPRINTING AND PLANT
Often nurseries propagate new plants from sales stock. The problem with this is
that there may be subtle changes over time in the plants appearance and
performance. If these plants are used for propagation, the integrity of the plant
selection may be degraded. Similarly, diseases, particularly virus are not always
obvious and so new plants propagated from this stock will be infected.
Continual propagation from diseased and "off-type" stock will lead to
deterioration in the quality and performance of the product.
The use of DNA Fingerprinting on plants has increased significantly over
recent years. With the refinement of techniques and the wider acceptance of
the results, it is now a useful tool in the identification of new cultivars.
With over 30 years experience in horticulture we are called upon to evaluate
crop damge and to determine crop loss as a result of pesicide damge, pests
and diseases, potting media and nutrition.
Nutrition and pest and disease control are monitored and routinely
evaluated to determine the most appropriate programs for a range of