Virology and Diagnostics

The Laboratory for Virology and Diagnostics is mainly concerned with the diagnosis of known diseases of cultivated and ornamental plants caused by pathogens of various species such as bacteria, fungi, phytoplasms, viruses and viroids.

Within the framework of the legally regulated health controls, the experts carry out the corresponding examinations on propagation material in fruit, wine and vegetable growing as well as in ornamental plant cultivation. Furthermore, the laboratory is entrusted by the Phytosanitary Service of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano – South Tyrol to perform phytopathological analyses within the framework of official phytosanitary controls by the Office for the Detection of Quarantine Diseases and Diseases with legally obligatory control.

The experts use fast and reliable techniques to identify pathogens: depending on the pathogen, microbiological, serological and/or molecular biological methods are used. The laboratory cooperates closely with the South Tyrolean Advisory Service for Fruit and Wine Growing, the Plant Protection Service of the Province as well as national and international research centres and universities.



Dr. Yazmid Reyes Domínguez
+39 0471 969 587