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TITLE Improved tools for detecting quarantine organisms   port_check_en.pdf (4.07 MB)
Document ID LIB127
Document type EC RTD Programmes projects / results
Issue date 08/03/2005
Document reference PORT CHECK
Original language of the document English
Document produced by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Document requested by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Agriculture


Short description  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
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  The introduction of non-indigenous pests and pathogens of plants and plant products into the European Union (EU) can severely impact cross-border trade. The current methods used to detect quarantine organisms have several drawbacks, such as being limited to certain pathogens and being slow or needing bulky equipment. There is a need for a generic, fast and portable tool to detect and identify quar ...

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