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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 research in this theme includes:

• Point of use plant pathogen bioelectric sensor
• Diagnosis of irradiated insects and fruit
• Using molecular systematics to enhance diagnostics and predict biosecurity risk
• Confidence in stable isotopes to verify a high risk pest incursion as foreign or NZ established
• eRNA as a molecular diagnostic tool targeting viable Phytophthora spp. and other oomycetes for biomonitoring in plant production nurseries
• Alternative strategies for determination of biosecurity risk using high throughput sequencing

Karen Armstrong Theme D Leader
Karen Armstrong
Phone: 03 423 0918