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Ian Smith HortiCulture
PESTICIDE AND NUTRITIONAL PROGRAMS
LITIGATION AND EXPERT WITNESS CONSULTANCY
DNA FINGERPRINTING AND PLANT IDENTIFICATION
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.
PLANT CERTIFICATION
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 crops.