The Pocket Diagnostic Erwinia amylovora Rapid Pocket Diagnostic Test is a lateral flow test designed for the detection of Erwinia amylovora in a wide range of samples of plant material, including woody tissues, leaves, roots and soft material.
Erwinia amylovora is a serious bacterial disease of some Rosaceae plants (apples, pears and trees and related shrubs). The bacterium causes fire blight disease and is a major threat to the industry; pears are more susceptible to the plague of fire.
Like many other plant pathogens, Erwinia amylovora is included in the Pest Risk Registry of the United Kingdom and the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO). A2 List of pests recommended for regulation as quarantine pests.
It is important to note that if an outbreak of Erwinia amylovora is discovered in Europe, it is the responsibility of the person discovering the outbreak to inform relevant local or national authorities about plant pathogens.