About PSI

Pest Surveillance Initiative (PSI) is a grower-led molecular detection laboratory that identifies, quantifies and tracks risks to successful crop production.


How PSI Operates

In partnership with government, private and public sector researchers, PSI advances research discoveries off the lab bench in to grower practice, optimizes and validates new methods for pest detection and quantification and provides commercial testing services. Our focus: ‘What Pests are in our Environment’.

A project of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association, grower priority issues drive the investments PSI makes when choosing technologies to advance to field validation and eventual commercial testing.

Leveraging Advanced DNA Technology

PSI conducts assays on soil, plant tissue and from DNA isolated from insect vectors.

Our focus is on low-level detection and quantification of pest DNA. Growers can use this information as part of their management decisions for variety selection, crop rotation and control of pests.

Surveillance
and sampling

Pathogen/Race
characterization

Field nursery
evaluation

PCR, qPCR
assays

LAMP

(loop-mediated isothermal amplification)

Sequencing
(Illumina I-Seek)