Development of molecular diagnostic tools to detect endemic and exotic pathogens of Prunus species for Australia (MT12005)
What was it all about?
This project involved a significant body of work to develop new diagnostic tools that allow the detection of economically significant pathogens of summerfruit and almonds.
The diagnostic tools developed within the project will be used by the Australian summerfruit and almond industries for the production and maintenance of high-health planning material and by the Australian Government during post-entry quarantine.
An important output from this project was a diagnostic manual for endemic and exotic pathogens. This manual will form the basis of a national certification standard to support the production of pathogen-tested summerfruit and almond propagation material in Australia.
This project also produced best-practice protocols for day-to-day management. The protocols include information about endemic pathogens that occur in Australia; surveillance; farm hygiene including movement of people, plant material and equipment; signage; product management; staff training; and pest and pathogen awareness.
This project has been funded by Hort Innovation
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