Aphid monitoring in seed potatoes with yellow water traps 2022

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  • Following consultation with existing customers and stakeholders, Fera has announced that it will be providing its industry-critical aphid monitoring programme for the 2022 season, utilising the same reporting and alert platform as previous years

Fera intends to offer the same service, including up to 10 samples analysed per trap site. 

The service will include provision of a trap, provision of sample pots to return samples to Fera (these remain the property of Fera, reply-paid envelopes will be provided. Fera will require  permission to publish results anonymously as is done currently and to map these as they do now.

Fera will still produce and disseminate weekly reports (you can see previous examples on the same website) and high virus and first findings of peach-potato aphid alerts by region, as we do currently. If you have not already signed up for these, you can also sign up to receive them via the website. You can sign up for alerts for as many regions as you wish. There is no additional charge for weekly reports and alerts.

The cost for this service will be £500 (exc. VAT) per trap site per season, payable in advance prior to submitting the first sample. You will be able to place orders for this service via the Fera website and pay by card. https://www.fera.co.uk/

The original service, which started in 2004, was supported with levy board funding and we have been working with AHDB to coordinate a smooth transition into the forthcoming season. Data from all the previous years will be available for comparison once a transfer agreement with AHDB is signed. We will continue to use the same website, rebranded but with an acknowledgement to AHDB for the investment in setting it up and improving it over the previous years. Fera will launch the 2022 service at British Potato on the 24th and 25th November 2021. 

If you have any questions about this service, please contact Fera at: aphidmon@fera.co.uk.

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