Long waits for diagnostic test results to identify unknown plant diseases could soon be a thing of the past, with research underway to investigate point-of-care tools for production nurseries, that will inform management decisions and assist in future prevention processes at the grower level.
Point-of-care tools, or smart surveillance tools, allow for the testing of the disease to be done in the field, giving growers fast, reliable identification of plant pathogens without the wait time of laboratory testing.
The one-year project A review of diagnostic technologies to benefit the Australian nursery industry (NY16003), a strategic levy investment under the Hort Innovation Nursery Fund, is being driven by Agriculture Victoria Research in partnership with the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA).
Project lead Fiona Constable, Principal Research Scientist – Microbiology for Agriculture Victoria Research has spent the last six months reviewing current laboratory based and field deployable diagnostic tests and assessing new technologies that could be developed to improve early detection of key pests. More