Pest Surveillance Initiative (PSI)

We use DNA-based methodology to detect the presence of pests threatening your crops.

Why Test Your Field?

Accurately identifying and quantifying the pathogen type helps growers select the most appropriate management tool to address the problem before it impacts yield and profitability. DNA based tools also determine the race or pathotype of the pathogen that may be present- key knowledge for maximizing genetic resistance traits in varieties. Monitoring levels of pathogens in the field provides ‘early warnings’ of emerging pests.

About the #GetTested Program

Manitoba Canola Growers Association Members can get free testing for clubroot, glyphosate resistant kochia, Amaranth species ID, Blackleg race and Verticillium stripe on their fields.

Testing Services


We test for presence of the following:

  • Clubroot
  • Blackleg
  • Verticillium Stripe
  • Glyphosate Resistant Kochia
  • Amaranth Species ID (focusing on Tall Waterhemp, Smooth Pigweed)

Did you know…

PSI is a partner with the SeekNet Initiative, a project of Genome 360 led by Genome Prairie.

Why this is important information for growers?

Access in Manitoba to advanced DNA based technology helps PSI advance research discoveries in to grower use. It also allows us to develop and improve DNA based assays to identify and quantify pests that affect crop production.

The Genome360 initiative, by Genome Prairie and its partners, supports end users like PSI by:

  • providing in-province access to the latest state-of-the-art DNA equipment including mobile lab tools and sequencing capacity
  • building a genomics community to disseminate knowledge; and
  • working with educators to nurture the skilled workforce needed to meet the demands of this growing field.

What the Experts Say

Photo credits: Canola Council of Canada; MB Ag and Resource Development

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The Pest Surveillance Initiative is a project of the Manitoba Canola Growers