National Reference Laboratory for Plant Health - Bacteria
The National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Plant Health - Bacteria performs various tasks according to Art. 101 of the EU Control Regulation 2017/625 to ensure comparable and valid results in the diagnosis of plant-damaging bacteria classified as EU quarantine pests according to Regulation (EU) 2016/2031.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Identification/diagnosis of quarantine pests with recognized methods in compliance with relevant accreditation requirements (EN ISO/IEC 17025)
- Collaborating with the relevant European Union Reference Laboratory (EU-RL);
- Improving expertise through participation in EU-RL training courses;
- Demonstrating expertise through participation in EU-RL interlaboratory tests;
- Establishment and maintenance of a reference collection of plant-damaging bacteria;
- Distribution of the information provided by the EU-RL to the competent authorities;
Samples to be tested from international trade (import, domestic trade and export) or from official surveillance activities are provided by the competent Official Plant Protection Services (APSD).
- Molecular genetic identification/detection of bacteria classified as quarantine pests (new pests, Union quarantine pests and protected area quarantine pests) by PCR and DNA barcoding;
- Molecular genetic identification/detection of bacteria classified as Union regulated non-quarantine pests by PCR and DNA barcoding;
Last updated: 10.10.2023