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eRNA as a molecular diagnostic tool targeting viable Phytophthora spp. and other oomycetes for biomonitoring in plant production nurseries

Biosecurity outcome

  • Proof of concept for use of eDNA as a diagnostic tool to identify as well as determine the viability of oomycetes in environmental samples.  This information would be highly beneficial to Post Entry Quarantine or high risk surveillance decision making.

Science outcome

  • New knowledge as to the most appropriate gene targets for Phytophthora species, and how reliable RNA extracted from soil may be as a marker of viability.

Key end users/stakeholders

Implementation:    End-users will guide and provide advice and feedback on development of this proof of concept diagnostic tool from an operational perspective.

Māori outcome