Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are produced worldwide. Over time, breeders have carefully introduced specific traits into crops to enhance characteristics such as yield and disease resistance. In regions where GMO-free certificates are required to export or import genetic material, our ISO 17025 SANAS accredited laboratory is able to assist with reliable testing for commercially available traits/events. Using the latest technology, we offer high throughput, high quality GMO testing within short turnaround times.
A rush fee is applicable for GMO results required within 24 hours of submission (Monday to Friday, maximum 10 samples).
Producers, processors, distributors and retailers in the food industry constantly face the challenge of meeting ever-changing hygiene standards. In addition to this challenge, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of product quality. Our team at SciCorp Laboratories can act as advisors who understand the requirements and complexities of the industry, and are willing to assist you in the fastest most accurate way possible.
Chemical analyses include pesticide residue (MRL) analysis in partnership with Eurofins Dr. Specht Laboratorien, an internationally accredited (ISO/EC 17025) facility in Hamburg, Germany. Other chemical analyses include active ingredient analysis, seed loading, dust-off testing, 5-Batch analysis, and long- and short-term storability, all customised to your specific needs.
SciCorp Laboratories offers seed testing from Pietermaritzburg, as well as our satellite facility in Pretoria, but samples can also be submitted at our sales office in Brackenfell. Our senior seed analysts have more than 30 years’ experience and will perform your tests according to ISTA (International Seed Testing Association) rules. Tests include purity, germination, viability, moisture and accelerated aging.
By using molecular techniques, the timelines and efficiency of traditional breeding can be greatly enhanced. Genetic Purity (true to type) of parental lines and hybrids are performed using Ultra-thin layer Isoelectric Focusing, which can include the determination of selfing, off-types and segregation as well as for variety comparisons.
Specific DNA molecular markers are also used for accurate identification of, for example homozygous resistant, heterozygous or susceptible individuals within a breeding program. Information generated through DNA genotyping outlines the genetic relatedness of different samples. Genotyping is performed using microsatellite markers.
We offer professional consulting services throughout the agricultural, food and feed industries. We can perform contract research, method development and data analysis in the areas of plant breeding, GMO studies, seed and chemical products, disease screening, quality control, food safety, and much more.
Please contact us, and our professional and highly qualified team of scientists will guide you through a bouquet of solutions, tailored to your testing needs.
In order to perform testing at your own facility, we offer a range of products and instruments to aid you in creating the best testing environment according to your needs. Please contact us for more information and assistance.
See how you can become part of the SciCorp team.