Spornado is a Canadian based company with clients across North America, specializing in the early detection of diseases such as late blight, sclerotinia, fusarium head blight, powdery and downy mildews. The company’s ‘Spornado Sampler‘ is an innovative, easy-to-use and low-cost tool that helps growers detect harmful airborne diseases long before they impact the crop, and take preventative action.
The sampler is placed in the field trapping airborne and waterborne spores on specialized filters. These filters are then collected for PCR analysis for fungal pathogens that cause crop disease. With an established detection system in place to monitor the presence of this fungi in the environment around them, farmers now have the information to guide fungicide spraying when needed increasing yields and saving crops.
Spornado uses targeted DNA testing which detects very low levels of pathogens. The rapid and precise data provides a valuable tool for pesticide management, delivering the information growers need to accurately apply fungicides when and where they