A Global Leader In Animal Health Diagnostics and Food Security
AgriAlert is the core R&D service of Global Access Diagnostic's (GADx) non-human diagnostic division. We have a long and successful tradition of working with leading academic institutions and agri-tech companies, including Newcastle University, Liverpool University, AHDB, The Pirbright, WCG and NIAB EMR.
Rapid diagnostic tests for animal health and crops provide the veterinary, agriculture and horticulture industries a means towards developing an effective, yet cost-effective, disease management system. Since rapid tests enable users to access accurate results on-site, this confers significant advantages:
1. Business cost reduction: rapid lateral flow tests are affordable and eliminates the need for expensive lab equipment or services to detect potential disease.
2. Time saving: By getting test results on-farm or at the site of production, this empowers vets and farmers to begin treatment immediately. This eliminates the need to send results to be analyzed in an internal or third party lab, which can take days or weeks to process.
3. High degree of accuracy: When dealing with livestock or crops, it's vital to be able to rapidly identify potential disease on the spot and objectively ascertain how far it has spread. Rapid diagnostic tests provider users with this option.
4. Simple-to-use: Rapid lateral flow tests require minimal training to use and can be utlised by non-specialists.
AgriAlert provides rapid test diagnostic expertise in 6 different areas.
Infection screening using oral fluids. Blood, serum and other bodily fluids whether direct from the animal of from common sampling areas such as a cotton rope hung in pens for pigs to chew on.
For more information about AgriAlert and its role in animal health diagnostics, please read our case study here.
Diagnostics for aquaculture. We have experience developing diagnostic tests to measure environmental pollutants and aquaculture health. This is important when breeding, raising and harvesting fish and other seafood for human consumption.
Diagnostic tests for veterinary clinics and ordinary households. Pets are close companion animals and simple-to-use rapid tests are important for disease management for pet owners.
Crops are vital for national food security policy. We have vast experience in this area developing rapid tests for use in diagnosis of crop pathogens and herbicide resistance whether in air, plant, soil or water.
Fruit and Vegetables
Up to 40% of food produced globally is lost due to disease and pest. See how in-field rapid diagnostic tools can reduce waste caused by pathogens and promote sustainable agriculture here.
Flowers require sizable investment to grow and are susceptible to pathogens too. Agri-Alert's strength is its versatility, and to develop effective diagnostic tests for flower farms.