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Plant Science and Health Laboratory Services

The Animal and Plant Health Centre (APHC) acts as the national authority on plant health. Providing plant science and health laboratory services, the centre specialises in the following disciplines:

  • Plant mycology
  • Plant virology
  • Nematology
  • Entomology
  • Soil science

Laboratory examinations also available at the centre include:

  • Providing phytosanitary certification for plants and plant commodities meant for trading
  • Checking imported plant samples for attacks by exotic plant pests

The Integrated Pest Management Unit in the centre safeguards plant health in Singapore by carrying out surveillance programmes at parks, ornamental nurseries, and shrubs and trees in public spaces.

The centre also provides members of the plant health surveillance network with monthly plant pest alerts to manage impending outbreaks.

List of services provided

The services APHC offers are valuable resources for the following 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
  • Tertiary Institutions

As the centre provide only diagnosis and recommendations, you may need to engage a landscape maintenance or treatment provider to carry out the recommendations given. Here is a list of services offered by our facility:

Services

Functions
Analysis of plant materials and soil
  • To detect insect and nematode pests, and bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens
  • To recommend appropriate control measures
Nutrient analysis
  •  To analyse plant tissues, soils, fertilisers, manure, and growing media
Consultation
  • To consult on soil fertility, and chemical and physical soil properties necessary for plant growth 
On-site assessment and diagnosis
  • To analyse and diagnose plant health problems at a specified location
Consultation and training
  • To advise on pest management, and pesticide applications
Laboratory and field evaluations
  • To assess pest control effectiveness for phyto-chemicals and pesticides

The fees for the various services and tests at APHC are as follows.

Pathogens and pests

Tests/services 

Fees 

Laboratory diagnosis for bacteria or fungus of virus (ELISA)

S$28.35 per test. Subject to maximum three tests per pest type.

Bulk discount:

S$13.65 per test from fourth test onwards for the same pest type.

Detection of virus (dsRNA), phytoplasma, or viroid  S$68.25 per test, per pest type. 
Laboratory diagnosis for plant insect or nematode 

S$28.35 per test. Subject to maximum three tests per pest type.

Bulk discount:

  • S$13.65 per test from fourth test onwards for the same pest type. 

Nutrient analysis

Tests/services  Fees 

Analysis for: 

  • N (Nitrogen)
  • P (Phosphorous)
  • K (Potassium)
  • Ca (Calcium)
  • Mg (Magnesium)
  • B (Boron)
  • Mn (Manganese)
  • Cu (Copper)
  • Fe (Iron)
  • Zn (Zinc)
  • Na (Sodium)
  • Organic carbon, organic matter and C:N ratio (2 tests)

S$28.35 per test. Subject to maximum three tests for the same test type.

Bulk discount:

S$23.10 per test from fourth test onwards for the same test type. 

Analysis for pH, buffered pH, or electrical conductivity (EC)

S$10.50 per test. Subject to maximum five tests for the same test type.

Bulk discount:

S$9.45 per test from sixth test onwards for the same test type. 

Particle size or soil texture

S$42 per test. Subject to maximum three tests.

Bulk discount:

S$37.80 per test from fourth test 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 
Professional services (plant health site assessments or trials).  S$63 per hour or part thereof. 

Details of these fees as well as other laboratory and diagnostic services offered by the Plant Science and Health Laboratory Branch can be found in the plant health laboratory and diagnostic services booklet.

Application process and sample submission

Follow the steps below to request for laboratory services for your plant specimens.

Step 1: Select sample for analysis

Poorly-selected specimens may result in an inaccurate diagnosis or inappropriate control recommendation. Refer to the service booklet for detailed guidelines and instructions on selecting and submitting a sample for analysis.

Step 2: Complete the application form

Complete the application form and select the tests you are opting for in the worksheet provided.

You can download and complete the application form here, or apply online through the Intelligent Food Approval & Safety Tracking System (iFAST).

Step 3: Submit samples and application form

Submit your samples personally to the APHC office, together with the completed application form or the iFAST acknowledgement slip, immediately after collection of sample from site. If you are unable to submit the samples immediately after collection, keep them refrigerated between five to 10o C.

You can also mail or courier the samples and application form to APHC, using a sturdy box to contain the items. The samples must be sent to the address below.

Animal & Plant Health Centre

No. 6 Perahu Road

Singapore 718827

You can receive the test results via fax, mail, or by collecting them in person at the APHC office. Please indicate your preferred method of receiving the test results on the application form .

If you are using our Intelligent Food Approval & Safety Tracking System (iFAST), results can be viewed online upon payment. The official report will also 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. For the latter, relevant authorities will also be notified.

Submitting samples from overseas

If you are submitting a sample from outside Singapore, an S$11 import fee will be levied for each application. You will also be billed for the import permit and the laboratory analysis.

You have to follow the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Packing Instruction 650 if you are sending plant samples from overseas. You can find more information on postal package regulations at the IATA website.

Test result

Test results will be ready within 7 to 14 days (from the date of submission of sample and application form) depending on the test types. Exceptions include:

  • Incubation tests that require more than 14 days to complete.

You will be notified if the test results will not be ready within 14 days.

If payment has not been made, an invoice will be sent to you once the laboratory report is ready. The report will be released only upon full payment for services rendered.

You can call NParks at (65) 63165168 to check if the report is ready for collection.

Payment

Modes of payment for laboratory services are as follows.

  • NETS
  • GIRO
  • CashCard.

For customers using Intelligent Food Approval & Safety Tracking System (iFAST), payment can be made via the following methods.

  • Credit card (VISA or MasterCard)
  • Internet banking (eNets debit)

For customers not residing in Singapore, please contact APHC for payment arrangements. You may call APHC at (65) 63165188 or e-mail APHC at chan_geok_hua@nparks.gov.sg.

Last updated on 15 November 2019

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