Plant Health Diagnostics is a key component on sustainable agriculture and forestry, and in phytosanitary legislation.
Having fast, reliable and accurate methods to screen your soil, plant, seeds or wood derivates is essential to ensure plant health standards and avoid the dissemination of diseases.
Yet it seems like the complexity of the matrixes, the diversity of the pathogenic agents and the costs of proper diagnostics, make this a less popular topic on the discussions about sustainable agriculture and in the quest to feed the world.

How does Plant Health Diagnostics actually contributes for current global society major challenges from different points of view? What more should be done to ensure fit to purpose, accurate and accessible diagnostics to farmers, ecologists in the world? What are the major technical challenges lying ahead?

To celebrate its 10 year anniversary, ClearDetections is facilitating a dedicated symposium to Plant Health Diagnostics. An unique opportunity to gather different stakeholders in the field and prompt the topic discussion.

The event will take place on 20th January, 2021, from 14h to 17h CET. It will be a hybrid event, depending on the current Covid measurements.

Register here!

Semih Karst Aslan – MSc Student Biology, wrote an interesting white paper on using Nematodes as Soil Health Indicators. This is one of the results obtained during his internship at ClearDetections, where he focused on researching molecular tools to do nematode community analysis.

Download here the white paper

ClearDetections is proud to announce that its manager Marta Santos Paiva was appointed Chairperson of European Plant Diagnostics Industry Association (EPDIA).
Together with partners Camilo Gianinazzi from IpadLab, Willem Stol from Wageningen Plant Research and Caroline Freye from Loewe Biochemica. They compose the new board of EPDIA and will be responsible for the development of the association in the coming 2 years.

To the new board and to EPDIA, ClearDetections wishes a lot of Success!

Find out more about EPDIA and its role on the Plant Diagnostics Industry by visiting their website: https://www.epdia.eu/

We present you a complete document compiling an overview of the diagnostic of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense tropical race 4 (Foc TR4). aims to be a guide for a successful diagnostic with Real-Time PCR while also covering the pre-diagnostic step of sample collection and preparation. In addition, this document includes an extensive result interpretation and troubleshooting section, as an aid for result interpretation for accurate diagnosis.

Check the document here: Diagnostic of TR4 via Real-Time PCR


The European plant Health Industry association EPDIA was launched in June 2021 on the scope of project Valitest.

The Association currently based in The Netherlands aims to play a key role on plant health diagnostics by being a connection point between kit producers, service laboratories, farmers and plant health authorities and organizational bodies. For now follow EPDIA on twitter and after summer more news about EPDIA should be announced.
We proudly announce:

Irene Cabal Blanco honorable third place on the contest Plant Health TV promoted by Euphresco!

During her internship at ClearDetections she made an excellent animation video explaining the topic she has working on: diagnostic of Panama Disease (Foc TR4) in Banana. Irene continues to work closely in Fusarium TR4 to help banana farmers and phytosanitary authorities with diagnostic of this threat.

Watch the prized video here.