Plants

Plant Health Laboratory Services

The Plant Health Laboratory Services arm of the opens in a new windowAnimal and Plant Health Centre at AVA acts as the national authority on plant health. It specialises in these disciplines:

  • Plant Mycology
  • Plant Virology
  • Nematology
  • Entomology
  • Soil Science 

It also provides analytical and diagnostic services for the identification of plant pests, diseases and nutrition problems for plants in Singapore.

The Integrated Pest Management Unit carries out surveillance programmes at these areas to safeguard Singapore’s plant health:

  • local vegetable and orchid farms
  • ornamental nurseries
  • public shrubs and trees

Members under the plant health surveillance network such as farms and the National Parks Board are provided with monthly plant pest alerts to manage impeding outbreaks.

Laboratory examinations are also available to:

List of Services Provided

The Plant Health Services is a valuable resource for these groups.

Groups:
  • Home Garden Enthusiasts
  • Golf Course Managers
  • Garden societies and clubs
  • Property Management Corporations
  • Vegetable, orchid and ornamental plant farms
  • Agri-chemical companies
  • Landscape maintenance companies and contractors
  • Plant and plant product exporters and importers
  • Government agencies such as NParks, NEA and PUB

Plant Health Services provides diagnosis and recommendations only. You may need to engage a landscape maintenance or treatment provider to carry out the recommendations given.

Services Description
Analysis of Plant Materials and Soil
  • to find insect and nematode pests, bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens
  • to recommend appropriate control measures
Nutrient Analysis
  • for plant tissues, soils, fertilisers, manure and growing media
Consultation
  • on soil fertility, chemical and physical soil properties for plant growth
On-site Assessment and Diagnosis
  • of plant health problems at location
Consultation and Training
  • on pest management and pesticide applications
Laboratoryand Field Evaluations
  • on pest controleffectiveness for phyto-chemicals and pesticides

Fees for Services & Tests

The fees for various services and tests are as follows.

Pathogens & Pests



Tests / Services Fees (Amount Payable)
Laboratory Diagnosis for Bacteria or Fungus of Virus (ELISA) S$28.35 per test (maximum of 3 tests for each pest type)

Bulk Discount:
  • S$13.65 per test from 4th test onwards (for the same pest type)
Detection of Virus (dsRNA) or Phytoplasma or Viroid S$68.25 per test (for each pest type)
Laboratory Diagnosis for Plant Insect or Nematode S$28.35 per test (maximum of 3 tests for each pest type)

Bulk Discount:
  • S$13.65 per test from 4th test onwards (for the same pest type)

Nutrient Analysis



Tests / Services Fees (Amount Payable)
Each Analysis: N, P, K, Ca, Mg, B, Mn, Cu, Fe, Zn, Na, Chloride, Sulphate, Total Carbon or Organic Carbon, Organic Matter and C:N ratio (2 tests)

S$28.35 per test (maximum of 3 tests for the same test type)
Bulk Discount:
  • S$23.10 per test from 4th test onwards (for the same test type)
Analysis for pH, Buffered pH or Electrical Conductivity (EC) S$10.50 per test (maximum of 5 tests for the same test type)

Bulk Discount:
  • S$9.45 per test from 6th test onwards (for the same test type)
Particle Size or Soil Texture S$42.00 per test (maximum of 3 tests)

Bulk Discount:
  • S$37.80 per test from 4thtest onwards (for the same test type)
Bulk Density or Moisture Content S$15.75 per test
Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC)

S$47.25 per test

Other Services Fees (Amount Payable)
Professional Services (Plant Health Site Assessments or Trials) S$63.00 per hour or part thereof

Details of these fees as well as other Diagnostic & Laboratory Services offered by the Plant Health Laboratory Department can be found in the Plant Health Laboratory Service Booklet.


Application Process & Sample Submission

Step 1: Select Sample for Analysis

Poorly selected specimens may result in an inaccurate diagnosis or inappropriate control recommendation. Refer to the opens in a new windowService Booklet for detailed guidelines and instructions on sample submission.

Step 2: Complete Application Form

Complete the application form and the worksheet for the selection of tests provided.

Download and complete the opens in a new windowApplication form for Plant Health Laboratory Services or apply online through the opens in a new windowInspection & Laboratory e-Services. Please note that you will have to log in to the e-Service and locate the specific Plant Health Laboratory Service.

Step 3: Submit Samples with Application Form

Submit the samples, together with the completed application form or the e-Service acknowledgement slip to the opens in a new windowAnimal and Plant Health Centre soon after collection. If you are unable to submit immediately, keep the samples cool (refrigerated at 5 to 10oC).

You can also mail or courier the samples in a sturdy box (to prevent crushing) with the completed application form.


Sample Submission from Overseas (Including Malaysia)


AVA regulates the import of plants and plant products, biological control agents, soil and organic fertilisers in Singapore. The Quarantine & Inspection Group will levy an S$11 import fee for the foreign samples from each application. You will be billed for the import permit and the laboratory analysis.

You have to also follow the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Packaging Instruction 650 when you are sending plant samples from overseas.You can find more information on postal packages regulations atopens in a new window IATA.

Test Reports

Test results will be ready within 7 to 14 days depending on the test types. There might be exceptional cases, e.g.:

  • incubation tests require more than 14 days to complete
  • further confirmation of delay due to equipment breakdown

You will be informed if results will not be ready within 14 days. If payment has not been made, an invoice will be sent once the laboratory report is ready. The report will be released only upon full payment for services.

You can call AVA to check if the report is ready for collection.
Tel: (65) 6316 5168

Indicate on the application form your preferred method of receipt:

  • Fax
  • Mail
  • Personal collection at Animal Protection and Health Centre

For customers using our Inspection & Laboratory e-Services, results can be viewed online upon payment. The official report will be sent to you based on your preferred method of receipt.

For confidentiality reasons, reports will be sent only to the party being billed for the examination, unless it is a notifiable disease, where the relevant authorities will be notified.


Payment


Modes of payment for laboratory services include:

For customers using our opens in a new windowInspection & Laboratory e-Services, payment can be made using:

  • Credit Card (VISA or MasterCard)
  • Internet banking (eNets Debit)

Applications for payment by GIRO should be made in advance to allow time for processing. Find out more about payment and GIRO information.

For customers not residing in Singapore, contact Animal and Plant Health Centre for payment arrangements. Please call Mrs Chan Geok Hua at (65) 6316 5188 or email chan_geok_hua@ava.gov.sg.

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