Agrochemical evaluation on horticultural and arable crops

Area of Expertise:

AFBI is an Officially Recognised Organisation approved by the UK Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD; formerly the Pesticides Safety Directorate) to carry out efficacy testing of agrochemicals in the UK for agricultural and horticultural crops and for stored crops. It carries out efficacy trials on behalf of agrochemical companies for registration of new pesticides and provides information on existing ones. Only efficacy data from Officially Recognised Organisations are accepted by CRD in support of pesticide registration.

Approved by the UK Chemicals Regulation Directorate

AFBI carries out efficacy trials on behalf of agrochemical companies for registration of new pesticides and to provide more information on existing ones. Trials are also carried out for growers and government agencies and as part of research projects for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and other organisations such as Levy-Funded Bodies like the Home-Grown Cereals Authority.

Ensuring that any materials applied to food crops are effective and, at the same time safe for consumers and the environment, is essential to maintain customer confidence.

The range of materials evaluated is extensive, covering pesticides, growth regulators and plant nutrition compounds with potential for commercial food production. In addition, AFBI has a registered organic site at Loughgall on which organic products can be evaluated.

Areas of expertise are described below.

Agrochemical evaluation on top fruit and soft fruit

At the AFBI horticultural station at Loughgall, a wide range of orchards including culinary, dessert and cider trees may be used for agrochemical evaluation. In addition, the full range of commercial spraying technologies is also available. AFBI horticulture at Loughgall also has a wide range of commercial stores which allows evaluation of the effects of agrochemicals on fruit during storage. Similar expertise is also available for soft fruit. The customer specifies the treatments to be evaluated and the data to be collected. The cost of the evaluation is dependent on the range of data to be collected and analysed. The agrochemical evaluation unit is supported by pathologists, entomologists, biometricians and chemists (for residue analysis).

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Telephone: 028 3889 2308


Agrochemical evaluation on potatoes

AFBI Newforge has expertise in the evaluation of fungicides for the control of potato late blight. Annual field trials inoculated with well-characterised isolates of Phytophthora infestans allow the performance of products to be determined under very testing conditions, particularly in terms of tuber blight control. Facilities are also available for glasshouse evaluation of specific attributes of fungicides and for scanning electron microscopy studies of activity.  To aid in assessment of the risk of development of resistance (required for registration), studies of the sensitivity of P. infestans to fungicides can be carried out using the extensive collection of P. infestans isolates held in the laboratory or isolates supplied by the customer.

Trials to evaluate the performance of fungicides against a range of tuber diseases can be carried out both in the field and in-store.

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Telephone: 028 9025 5267


Agrochemical evaluation on cereals

Field trials on the evaluation of fungicides for cereal disease control have been carried out annually for many years under the direction of AFBI Newforge. Trials, which are generally uninoculated, have been sited at AFBI Research Stations (Crossnacreevy, Loughgall, Hillsborough) and on farmers’ fields. Facilities are also available for the evaluation of resistance to fungicides by the commoner cereal pathogens, such as Rhynchosporium secalis and Mycosphaerella graminicola.

For more information contact: 
Telephone: +44 (0)28 9025 5267