New Fee for Molecular Nematode Specie Identification
An increase in demand to identify specific species of nematode, especially root knot nematode, has resulted in new process and fees for this service within the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Beginning November 1, 2019, a fee of $20 will be assessed for nematode species identification by molecular diagnosis. In many cases, this method is the only method available to provide specie level information.
The NCDA&CS Agronomic Division recommends that growers only submit three to five molecular diagnostic samples per farm. Each sample should represent a different field on the farm. A good sample will come from a mixture of multiple soil cores collected randomly across a field or known hot spots. Molecular diagnostic samples should be sent to the lab in a shipper marked clearly on the outside as “Molecular Diagnosis” to ensure expedited service.
A detailed summary is provided by the NCDA & CS Agronomic Division: Fee Increase for Nematode Species Identification by Molecular Diagnosis