plant pathogen test News

  • New test can detect plant viruses faster, cheaper

    A new test could save time and money diagnosing plant viruses, some of which can destroy millions of dollars in crops each year in Florida, says a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher. In a newly published study, Jane Polston, a UF/IFAS plant pathology professor, examined several ways to detect the DNA genome of begomoviruses. These viruses have emerged ...

  • Controlling resilient plant viruses with steam

    Combining steam with heat-producing chemicals could control pathogenic viruses in soil, finds new research. The study examined how effective different forms of heat sterilisation of soil were at inactivating three plant viruses. While steam alone was enough to eradicate two of the viruses, the highly resilient tobacco mosaic virus required the addition of exothermic chemicals to reduce it by 97%. ...

  • Agdia Releases New Molecular Test for Avocado Sunblotch Viroid

    Agdia, Inc. (Elkhart, IN) has commercialized a Nucleic Acid Hybridization Assay for Avocado sunblotch viroid (ASBVd). ASBVd is found in avocado growing regions worldwide.  Trees that are infected with ASBVd can result in a loss of yield and / or production of unmarketable fruit.  However, symptoms are not always present making pro-active testing a critical disease control ...


    By Agdia Incorporated

  • Combatting diseases in the greenhouse before they become visible

    A camera that maps photosynthesis, a DNA test that can measure the slightest traces of pathogens, or a precision spray system that only affects the plant and not the surrounding air… The Gezonde Kas (‘healthy greenhouse’) project has, over the last four years, allowed for the development of a sophisticated system of monitoring and disease control. It is now ready for practical ...

  • FSIS Issues Comprehensive Strategy to Reduce Salmonella

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released its Salmonella Action Plan.  It outlines the steps it will take to address the most pressing problem it faces -- Salmonella in meat and poultry products. According to the agency, an estimated 1.3 million illnesses can be attributed to Salmonella each year. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • VG Life Sciences Subsidiary, VGEnergy, Hires Chief Science Advisor

    VG Life Sciences (OTC Pink: VGLS) announces that Martin B. Dickman, Ph.D., has joined its subsidiary VGEnergy, as Chief Science Advisor. In concert with the company’s Board of Directors, Dr. Dickman will enhance the scientific rigor of the company’s alternative energy core technology platform and expand development of a pipeline of products that enhance the lipid and sugar production ...


    By VG Energy

  • UF/IFAS scientists find potential biological control for avocado-ravaging disease

    University of Florida scientists believe they’ve found what could be the first biological control strategy against laurel wilt, a disease that threatens the state’s $54 million-a-year avocado industry. Red ambrosia beetles bore holes into healthy avocado trees, bringing with them the pathogen that causes laurel wilt. Growers control the beetles that carry and spread laurel wilt by ...


    By University of Florida

  • Videos Highlight National Soybean Rust Program, Encourage Growers to Remain Vigilant

    Growers will find key information to keep in mind about the ongoing threat of soybean rust and actions they can take to minimize potential losses from this disease in two videos now available online. The videos include highlights from numerous research and Extension projects carried out by land-grant university researchers from around the country involved in soybean rust research and ...


    By Ohio State University

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