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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 ( Duration: 3 years (June 2021 - June 2024)

The potential of mass spectral fingerprinting for solving tricky biosecurity issues

Lead By Alistair Ross ( Duration: 1 year (June 2021 - June 2022), then extended from 2022 - 2026

Using images and deep learning for the identification of high-risk insect species (New in 2022)

Lead By Darren Ward ( . Duration: 2022 - 2027 (5 years)

Metatranscriptomics informing the relevance of pathogen disease biomarkers in plants (New in 2022)

Lead By Sandra Visnovsky ( Duration: 2022 - 2027 (5 years)

Beyond soil baiting: toward application of an eRNA diagnostic tool for Phytophthora (New in 2022)

Lead By Rebecca McDougal ( Duration: 2022 - 2025 (3 years)

Projects completed in 2022

Using molecular systematics to enhance diagnostics and predict biosecurity risk

Lead By Peter Johnston. Duration: July 2017 – June 2022 (5 yrs)

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

Lead By Sandra Visnovsky. Duration: July 2017 – June 2022 (5 yrs)

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

Lead By Karen Armstrong ( Duration: July 2019 – June 2022 (3 yr)
Karen Armstrong Theme D Leader
Karen Armstrong
Phone: 03 423 0918