New single test to detect plant viruses
A Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre team are rolling out a plant diagnostic toolkit that can accurately detect plant viruses and viroids in a single test.
“By tapping into the plant’s natural defences we are able to detect nearly every known plant virus with much greater accuracy – giving us a test with a very high level of confidence,” said Dr Roberto Barrero, project leader from Murdoch University.
The test is based on next generation small RNA sequencing technologies and is part of a toolkit that provides comprehensive guidance on the new techniques including sample collection, preparation, operating procedures, the informatics analytical environment and screening tools.
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