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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

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)

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

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

Using molecular systematics to enhance diagnostics and predict biosecurity risk

Lead By Peter Johnston. Duration: July 2017 – June 2022 (5 yrs)
Karen Armstrong Theme D Leader
Karen Armstrong
Phone: 03 423 0918