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Fast, cost-effective, robust and accurate diagnostic methods and tools to enable informed biosecurity decisions.

Theme Scope:

New diagnostic techniques: to expedite the identification of multiple organisms within a sample; develop easy-to-use tests with field-applicability; and facilitate scale-up to achieve high throughput
Rapid pathogenicity determination: to distinguish between pathogenic and non-pathogenic organisms
Forensic diagnostics: moving beyond taxonomic-based diagnostics to ways of gaining other important biosecurity information about risk organisms


Current Projects

Integrated or not? Is this badnavirus viable and what is the risk?

Lead By Rebekah Frampton ([email protected]). Duration: Project D21.3 runs from 2021 - 2024 (3 Years)

The potential of mass spectral fingerprinting for solving tricky biosecurity issues

Lead By Alastair Ross ([email protected]). Duration: Project D21.14 ran from 2021 - 2022 (1 Year) then was extended 2022 - 2026 (4 years)

Using images and deep learning for the identification of high-risk insect species

Lead By Darren Ward ([email protected]) . Duration: Project D22.15 runs from 2022 - 2027 (5 Years)

Metatranscriptomics informing the relevance of pathogen disease biomarkers in plants

Lead By Sandra Visnovsky ([email protected]). Duration: Project D22.16 runs from 2022 - 2027 (5 Years)

Beyond soil baiting: toward application of an eRNA diagnostic tool for Phytophthora

Lead By Rebecca McDougal ([email protected]) . Duration: Project D22.17 runs from 2022 - 2025 (3 Years)

Projects completed in 2022 / 2023

Using molecular systematics to enhance diagnostics and predict biosecurity risk

Lead By Peter Johnston ([email protected]). Duration: Project D17.2 ran for five years from July 2017 – June 2022

Alternative Strategies for determination of biosecurity risk using high throughput sequencing (enterobacteriaceae & Xylella)

Lead By Sandra Visnovsky ([email protected]). Duration: Project D17.25 ran for five years from July 2017 – June 2022

Confidence in stable isotopes to verify a high risk pest incursion as foreign or NZ established

Lead By Karen Armstrong ([email protected]). Duration: Project D19.8 ran for three years from July 2019 – June 2022

Deployable point-of-use pathogen bioelectric sensor

Lead By Marion Wood ([email protected]). Duration: Project D21.15 ran for one year from June 2021 - June 2022
Karen Armstrong Theme D Leader
Karen Armstrong
Phone: 03 423 0918