Tests and charges

You’ll be charged for some services provided by MPI when you get samples tested. Find out some of the tests we offer at the Plant Health and Environment Laboratory and how much we charge for them.


What our fees cover

MPI calculates fees on a cost-recovery basis. We will charge you the costs associated with testing your sample. You may also be charged extra fees for:

  • packaging and handling for subcontracted tests
  • transport for subcontracted tests
  • laboratory equipment
  • after hours work.

Not all the fees on this page may apply to you and there could be other charges not listed here – like transport, storage, treatment or other laboratory costs.

The Plant Health and Environment Laboratory (PHEL) doesn’t charge for general surveillance testing (testing for a suspected exotic pest or disease in New Zealand) of samples from the general public, growers, or the scientific community.

Bacterial

Test type First sample Additional sample
  (excl GST) (incl GST) (excl GST) (incl GST)
Diagnosis of bacterial diseases $565 $649.75 $565 $649.75
Screening for bacterial diseases (negative results) $65 $74.75 $65 $74.75
Seed wash test $60 $69 $25 $28.75
Selective plating $55 $63.25 $25 $28.75
Biochemical testing (such as Biolog, staining) $80 $92 $80 $92
PCR – nucleic acid extraction $105 $120.75 $50 $57.50
PCR – test $50 $57.50 $15 $17.25
Sequencing (direct) $100 $115 $80 $92
Sequencing (cloned product) $390 $448.50 $265 $304.75

Fungal

Test type First sample Additional sample
  (excl GST) (incl GST) (excl GST) (incl GST)
Diagnosis of fungal diseases $370 $425.50 $370 $425.50
Screening for fungal diseases (negative results) $65 $74.75 $65 $74.75
Seed wash test (inc. microscopic examination) $235 $270.25 $170 $195.50
Ganoderma testing $200 $230 $200 $230
Seed plate test $435 $500.25 $350 $402.50
Selective plating $50 $57.50 $25 $28.75
Selective plating – morphological identification $70 $80.50 $70 $80.50
PCR – nucleic acid extraction $105 $120.75 $50 $57.50
PCR – test $50 $57.50 $15 $17.25
Sequencing (direct) $100 $115 $80 $92
Sequencing (cloned product) $390 $448.50 $265 $304.75

Invertebrate

Test type First sample Additional sample
  (excl GST) (incl GST) (excl GST) (incl GST)
Identification of 1 invertebrate $125 $143.75 $125 $143.75
Identification of 2 invertebrates $200 $230 $200 $230
Identification of 3 or more invertebrates $265 $304.75 $265 $304.75
Identification of nematodes $275 $316.25 $275 $316.25
PCR – nucleic acid extraction $105 $120.75 $50 $57.50
PCR – test $50 $57.50 $15 $17.25
Sequencing – direct $100 $115 $80 $92
Sequencing – cloned product $390 $448.50 $265 $304.75

Phytoplasma

Test type First sample Additional sample
  (excl GST) (incl GST) (excl GST) (incl GST)
PCR – nucleic acid extraction $105 $120.75 $50 $57.50
PCR – test $75 $86.25 $20 $23

Virus and virus-like organism

Test type First sample Additional sample
  (excl GST) (incl GST) (excl GST) (incl GST)
Diagnosis of viral diseases (includes negative results) $525 $603.75 $525 $603.75
Electron microscopy $75 $86.25 $35 $40.25
Bioassay – mechanical inoculation $165 $189.75 $90 $103.50
Bioassay – woody grafting (Fragaria, Ipomoea)* $185 $212.75 $105 $120.75
ELISA $210 $241.50 $40 $46
PCR – nucleic acid extraction $105 $120.75 $50 $57.50
RT-PCR test $90 $103.50 $25 $28.75
Sequencing – direct $100 $115 $80 $92
Sequencing – cloned product $390 $448.50 $265 $304.75

*for other species contact peqtesting@mpi.govt.nz

Other charges

Test type First sample Additional sample
  (excl GST) (incl GST) (excl GST) (incl GST)
 Provision of PEQ space
(per cultivar, per month; max 10 plants per cultivar)
$265 $304.75 $265 $304.75
 Packaging and handling for subcontracted tests $40 $46 $40 $46
 Transport for subcontracted tests (such as courier) Actual cost Actual cost Actual cost Actual cost
 Hourly rate (for example, technical advice) $105 $120.75 $105 $120.75

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have questions about fees and charges, email info@mpi.govt.nz.

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