PORT CHECK will deliver tools and procedures for the inspection of plant material at points of entry, using the latest molecular diagnostics technology.
The project will:
· Develop sampling strategies and techniques for extracting nucleic acid from quarantine organisms
· Develop and evaluate real-time and portable PCR assays for a range of key quarantine organisms, including Phytophthora ramorum, the cause of Sudden Oak Death, and Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (pinewood nematode)
· Deliver easy-to-use diagnostics technology to end-users and evaluate its use in practice