The first, early, in-field detection device for plant disease, detecting the spores of the pathogen in soil and water before they infect plants. The device is simply inserted into the soil and the user is alerted to the presence of disease. FungiAlert allows for evidence based spraying, as it alerts the user to risk of infection, meaning preventative action can be taken before disease spreads.
Detects spores as they become motile and infectious, giving you an early alert, weeks before symptoms are visible.
The FungiAlert devices are novel, patented technology, and have the potential to become leading early diagnostics sensors for disease in agriculture, with the aim of increasing crop yields, and guiding precision farming applications, for more sustainable disease management practices.
FungiAlert products, coming soon…
A variety of in-situ early detection devices are available for oomycetes (such as Phytophthora spp and Pythium spp), as well as other fungal and fungal-like pathogens on request. The devices range from a simple colour range to remote sensing, and quantitative read-outs are also available on request.
case study: phytophthora
Phytophthora has been named “Plant Destroyer of the 21st Century”, as it is responsible for the loss of ~$100’s bn per annum, worldwide. Many species of Phytophthora are soil borne (cactorum, fragariae, citricola, cinnamomi, capsici etc), and attack the roots and stems of a range of plants, vegetable, fruits and trees. Phytophthora is of particular concern to growers as it can stay undetected in plant debris and soil for many years, as the spores can remain latent in the soil until the appropriate environmental conditions activate its infectious power. When activated, these spores can spread rapidly, especially in wet conditions, and are able to destroy an entire field within days. Currently, for heavily infectious disease like Phytophthora, disease is managed through preventative spraying, where chemicals are applied regularly in hope of keeping the suspected disease at bay. This can accumulate to a large expense, and if the chemicals are not applied at the right time, then the application of chemicals could be futile. Furthermore, extensive spraying leads to resistance to the fungicide, ultimately enhancing the destructive power of this disease.
FungiAlert can detect the spores when they become motile, and therefore as they become infectious, so that immediate remedial action can be taken. FungiAlert is the first in-situ, early detection device in the market, detecting the spores of the pathogen as they become motile, and therefore giving an early alert to the presence of disease in the soil.
Our goal is to help reduce crop loss by guiding the growers to take preventative action before their crop is infected and destroyed. Furthermore, FungiAlert’s vision is to contribute to a more sustainable mode of farming, by limiting spraying routines to ensure that fungicides are only applied when they are required. Some preventative chemicals can contribute to soil degradation, which in the long term would reduce the availability of arable land for food production. In addition, preventative spraying is a major contributor to the development of resistance from the disease to the pesticide.