Plant Diagnostic Services

Plant Diagnostic Services (formerly known as the Plant Health Laboratories) comprise:

  • Plant Pathology Laboratory  - located at New Town Laboratories (Hobart),

  • Entomology Laboratories - located at New Town (Hobart), Mt Pleasant (Launceston) and Ston​y Rise (Devonport), and

  • Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory  - located at New Town (Hobart)​

Most services offered by Plant Diagnostic Services attract a fee.  Please note there is no fee for any request to identify a plant pest that is suspected of being an invasive or quarantinable pest.

The Plant Pathology laboratory provides identification of the causes of plant death or stunting in plants of agricultural, ornamental or environmental significance. The laboratory also provides TASAG ELISA and Potato Virus testing. Clients include industry, private individuals and biosecurity authorities.

Plant virus ELISA tests are detailed in the Price Schedule below.

The Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory provides molecular diagnostic support to the other laboratories. This extra service is provided for a fee. Please contact the laboratory for details.

There are entomologists at each site, the Entomology laboratories provide diagnostic testing and control advice for plant pests (insects, snails etc.) in all areas of agriculture, horticulture and biosecurity situations.

Fee for testing service price schedule for download:

  Plant Diagnostic Services - Price Schedule   (209Kb)​

Download and complete a Sample Submission Form:

  Plant Diagnostic Services - Sample Submission Form   (454Kb)

For further information:

Phone: 03 6165 3777