Mologic and Newcastle University launch BReD diagnostic for blackgrass resistance at Cereals

Bedfordshire and Newcastle, UK, 13 June 2018: Mologic Ltd, a developer of personalised diagnostics, and Newcastle University, today announced they have developed an on-farm blackgrass resistance diagnostic (BReD). The one-step, rapid lateral flow product for detecting glutathione transferase (AmGSTF1) concentrations in blackgrass has been developed by Mologic based on pioneering work on the chemical control of this weed carried out by Prof Rob Edwards’ research group at Newcastle University. Obtaining clear information on herbicide resistance via a quick and simple test empowers the farm to make informed decisions to save time and costs.

Mitch Brooker, General Manager at Mologic said: “Mologic has a proud history in forming lasting partnerships with both academic and commercial organisations. We are excited to bring BReD to the field as this is the first non-IVD product to be taken from development through to manufacture and commercialisation by our team. Mologic plans to advance towards extending its portfolio of innovative agricultural diagnostic devices.”

Prof Rob Edwards, Professor of Agriculture and Director of the Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) at Newcastle University said: “Early-indication diagnostic tests are common place in medicine, such as for pregnancy or diabetes, and are used to help people make decisions much earlier on with the aim of improving the long-term outcome. It should be no different in agriculture.”

Prof Edwards’ research was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), as part of the Black-Grass Resistance Initiative (BGRI;, a partnership with Rothamsted Research, Sheffield and York Universities and the Institute of Zoology.

BReD will be on display at Cereals (13-15 June in Duxford, Cambridgeshire) on the CHAP stand, next to the Fera marquee (booth #401) and Newcastle University’s booth #215.

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