Neogen launches simple, quick test for Rhizoctonia spp.

March 21, 2013

Press Release
CONTACT: Arnaud bastianelli, Neogen Europe Ltd, +44 (0) 1292 525610

AYR, Scotland, 21 March, 2013 — Neogen has developed the quickest and easiest method to detect Rhizoctonia spp., a group of fungal pathogens which cause root and stem rots, damping off of young plants and plant loss.

Neogen’s newly formatted Rhizoctonia spp. ALERT-LF™ is the only commercially available lateral flow assay capable of detecting these pathogens. This simple test provides a presence/absence result within 10 minutes in a format which makes it a valuable tool for on-site testing. This completes the range of ALERT-LF™ kits, which also includes Phytophthora spp., Pythium spp., and Botrytis spp.

“Each of our ALERT-LF™ tests are suitable for use in a glasshouse, field and laboratory, as the devices can be used without the aid of special equipment or detailed technical knowledge,” said Neogen Europe’s Sales and Marketing Director Steve Chambers. “These kits provide real-time, easy-to-interpret results and permit rapid disease identification in a variety of settings.”

Neogen Europe’s redesigned website,, provides complete information on the company’s innovative diagnostic products to detect a wide range of important viral, bacterial and fungal plant pathogens. Neogen’s diagnostic kits and reagents, capable of detecting more than 250 plant pathogens, are available in a range of formats to suit all testing requirements, including options for standard ELISA testing and rapid methods.

Neogen’s phytodiagnostics business is headquartered at Neogen Europe Ltd., which is located in the West of Scotland. It is operated by a team comprised of customer service, sales, technical support, production, quality control and R&D personnel. Dedicated sales and technical support for customers within North, Central and South America is available through our office in Lexington, KY.

Neogen Europe Ltd., the European subsidiary of Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG), is a high technology business dedicated to the development and marketing of novel diagnostic kits. These kits focus on topical concerns about the quality and safety of food and agricultural products, from the quality of seed that goes into the ground, right through the chain to the safety of fully processed food products. Neogen Europe was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise for international trade and development, one of the highest awards bestowed on a UK company.