Development and application of rapidly deployable in-field molecular diagnostics for plant diseases

Researcher: Tim Dumonceaux, Chrystel Olivier, Matthew Links and Hossein Borhan, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon SK

Project Code: CARP 2013-140

Final Report: May 2016

Summary: Crop diseases can be devastating to the profitability of producers, and certain diseases are particularly problematic, such as clubroot, blackleg and aster yellows. Researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada initiated a project in 2013 to develop rapid diagnostic methods for a range of pathogens along with methods for rapid DNA extraction in a non-laboratory setting and apply these methods to the detection of crop pathogen DNA in agricultural products. This project provides tools for both producers and regulators to obtain crucial, timely information on plant disease prevalence and spread, which will aid efforts to contain and control these diseases.

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