CHAP’s pesticide resistance diagnostics laboratory is based at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire. The laboratory works in close partnership with Fera at Sand Hutton to provide a national service advising on pest resistance and virulence management.
This laboratory can provide academics and industry with the equipment and expertise required to drive their innovative ideas related to agricultural pest control through to the market place, with the aim of delivering more effective and sustainable pest management strategies to farmers and breeders in the near future
The laboratory’s main purpose is to investigate how insects, weeds and pathogen pests of commercially important crops develop resistance to pesticides, by searching for subtle changes in the genetic profiles of resistant pests that are not present in susceptible individuals. These genetic changes (or ‘bio-markers’) are then used to develop molecular diagnostic tests to help identify resistant populations of pests.We can track the development and/or spread of resistant pest strains in the UK via field samples sent to us by research institutes, farmers and industrial clients.