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Phytophthora Interceptions in New Zealand Borders

Biosecurity outcome

  • Establishing the prevalence of Phytophthora spp. on plant material imports to NZ
  • Establishing the utility of digital droplet PCR for oomycete pathogen detection and quantification for border inspections.

Science outcome

  • Adaptation of existing molecular diagnostic assays for increased detection sensitivity and higher throughput analysis

Key end users/stakeholders

Implementation:  Proof of concept for a new diagnostic and understanding biosecurity risk through the plant pathway.  Implementation is through renewed B3 (or other) investment and potentially through MPI Border Clearance (mail & cargo).