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Ongoing project

Feasibility/scoping study: Surveillance and diagnostic framework for detecting soil-borne pathogens in vegetable industries (MT21016)

Key research provider: NSW Department of Primary Industries

What's it all about?

This multi-industry investment is examining the potential to develop a national surveillance and diagnostic framework for soilborne pathogens of melon, onion, potato, sweetpotato and vegetable crops.

The project team have three main areas of focus:

  1. Enhancing the biosecurity preparedness of the Australian vegetable sector by determining the best methods for soil sampling and diagnostics for the early detection of exotic soil-borne plant pathogens

  2. Determining the feasibility scope of developing a nationally consistent framework for soil surveillance and diagnostics

  3. Highlighting new areas for R&D investment by undertaking a foundational project and gap analysis in current knowledge of soil surveillance and diagnostics.

Based on a thorough review of literature describing relevant technologies, and consultation with industry bodies, growers and government regulatory and scientific staff on practicality, application, cost effectiveness and appropriateness of outputs, the project team will determine the feasibility of a national framework, identify gaps and opportunities, and provide recommendations for future research direction.


This multi-industry project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Melon, Onion, Potato - Fresh, Potato - Processing, Sweetpotato and Vegetable Funds