DNA fingerprinting

East Malling Services provides a comprehensive DNA fingerprinting service of rosaceous plant samples to establish accurate species and varietal identification and comparison.

The service, using plant tissue samples obtained at the point of propagation, within the field or at the point of sale, is based on a unique fingerprinting toolkit, developed at NIAB EMR, which can be applied to individual needs.

NIAB EMR’s DNA fingerprinting service builds on the extensive breeding and plant genetics research at East Malling, and includes:

  • Utilisation of large-scale germplasm reference databases of strawberry, apple, pear and raspberry varieties
  • Establishment of trueness-to-type
  • Varietal comparisons between samples
  • Protocol development as required.


Dr Suzanne Litthauer

01732 523740