Glyphosate is a non-selective systemic herbicide developed in the 1970s and is effective in killing all plant types, including grasses, perennials and woody plants. It is absorbed through the plants leaves and soft stalk tissue and is transported to all parts of the plant. If the dose is strong enough the plant will die over a period of 5-15 days, and as the herbicide is transported throughout the plant, no part will survive. For potato farmers this can affect both main crops and subsequent seed crops.
RPS’ laboratory can test potatoes for both glyphosate and AMPA together. The presence of AMPA is indicative that glyphosate has been used, even if glyphosate is no longer detected. Using highly sensitive analytical instrumentations, RPS can analyse for glyphosate and AMPA down to 10ug/kg (10 parts per billion).
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