British potato growers are able to submit fresh blight samples for analysis again as the James Hutton Institute (JHI) re-opens its labs.
AHDB reports that the news will be welcome to potato growers following a number of blight warnings around the UK in the last few days. JHI was previously unable to accept samples due to government restrictions.
Submitting fresh samples to JHI means that growers can benefit from the new in-season genotyping service introduced last year. The lab can send results back before the end of season, enabling growers to use the data to inform their in-season blight management decisions.
JHI will also accept older samples, provided they were pressed into FTA cards to stabilise the DNA.
Anyone interested in submitting a fresh sample must ensure the sample is fresh and hasn