Molecular Biology Laboratory
This laboratory supports all other plant health labs through diagnostics of plant pests using molecular techniques such as Conventional Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Real-time PCR and LAMP among others. In addition, the lab also supports other activities like genetic purity testing for seeds like maize.
Here, isolation and morphological identification of plant pathogenic nematodes is done.
This lab performs a diagnosis of plant pathogenic fungi. The diagnosis involves culturing of fungi on selective media.
This lab performs diagnosis for plant pathogenic bacteria through culturing and identification.
This lab deals with the diagnosis of plant pathogenic viruses by the use of serological techniques such as ELISA.
In this lab, the identification of insect pests is done using morphological techniques. Rearing of insects is done under controlled conditions in order to study them.
It deals with the analysis of fertilizers and manure, soil fertility, heavy metal in fresh produce and environmental samples such as fish, irrigation water suitability and animal feeds.
This lab carries out analyses of: pesticide residue in fresh produce, pesticide formulations and mycotoxin in cereals and groundnuts for Aflatoxins
Food Microbiology Laboratory
This lab performs analysis of microbes in food and water for Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, yeasts and moulds