The Molecular Biology Laboratory of the CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) has been accredited as a testing laboratory for ISO/IEC 17025:2005 - PCR based Molecular Diagnostics by the South African National Accreditation Systems (SANAS). This now positions the laboratory to provide services in accordance with recognized international standards that demonstrate excellent technical competence in the diagnosis of the African Cassava Mosaic Virus (ACMV). The Molecular Biology Laboratory has state-of-the-art facilities for comprehensive analysis covering PCR-based disease diagnostics, marker assisted selection, DNA fingerprinting and crop genotyping.
Individuals, institutions and organizations can access these laboratory facilities and services at moderate costs.

Fully equipped laboratory for imaging, vertical and horizontal gels electrophoresis systems

The following services are available at the Biotechnology Laboratory of the Institute

  • Indexing of Cassava, Sweetpotato and Yam Plants Using Molecular Based Diagnostic Systems
        This is ideal for farmers, extension officers and researchers as they distribute and sell premium     quality planting materials of vegetatively propagated crops. Its use will reveal the health status of     your planting materials in order to ensure that only clean materials are distributed. Research has     shown that the use of clean planting materials increase yield by as much as 30 percent.
  • Indexing of Sweetpotato Using Ipomoea setosa Grafting and NCM ELISA for Disease Diagnostics
        This is also ideal for researchers, extension officers, farmers and individuals interested in the     production and distribution of quality, clean planting