Sampling and testing
Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) any person who identifies potential symptoms of Psa-V on an orchard for the first time must report these to KVH within 48 hours of identification.
Monitor your vines regularly, noting any suspicious symptoms.
If suspicious symptoms are found follow the process in the KVH information sheet on Psa-V sample collection and testing.
Fill in a lab submission form and send your sample to Hill Laboratories for testing (they carry out routine Psa testing weekly on a Wednesday only).
KVH pays for lab testing in Exclusion regions and 'Not Detected' orchards in Containment regions. Other testing may be approved by KVH on a case-by-case basis.
Once a KPIN has been confirmed Psa-V positive on any variety, KVH will not pay for any further testing on that KPIN. Growers wishing to test other varieties on the same KPIN must pay for further testing themselves.
All lab results are sent to KVH, who upon receipt will notify the grower or relevant pack-house. If the result is ‘not detected’ growers should continue routine monitoring of their orchard and remain alert for any Psa-V symptoms.
If the result is 'positive', please refer to the Psa-V positive information for further guidance.