The Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland (NGIQ) have introduced a plant disease diagnostic product developed by United Kingdom (UK) based company, Forsite Diagnostics, which is portable, cost effective, accurate, rapid and reliable.
The Pocket Diagnostic™ test kits are used by growers, technicians and pathologists across the UK, Europe and Asia in both fields and laboratories. Taking symptomatic plant material (leaf, stem, roots or bark) or by baiting soil, growing media or water, the sample is placed in a buffer bottle, shaken and two to three drops placed on the diagnostic cassette. The result, positive or negative, is given within 10 minutes.
The Pocket Diagnostic™ test kit is a Lateral Flow Device (LFD), also referred to as immunochromatographic strip tests, that applies a genus or species specific antisera/antibody used for detecting a range of plant pathogens (each test is relevant to one organism either by genus or species and is one time use only). The test kit is robust and simple to use and gives a result in approximately 3 – 10 minutes at a cost of between $10 and $20 per test (approximately 10-20% of the cost for current laboratory based testing).
Pocket Diagnostic™ test kits have the capacity to serve the Australian horticultural industry on a range of levels including: grower’s In-field, monitoring of imported green life (e.g. seedlings), monitoring of ‘at risk’ stock during the growing cycle, general crop monitoring at farm level, dispatch monitoring of stock leaving the production nursery, risk management of water and growing media, and dispute resolution.
Pocket Diagnostic™ test kits available for detecting the following pathogens:
Potato virus (Five strains)
Cucumber mosaic virus
Impatiens necrotic spot virus
Plum pox virus
Tomato mosaic virus
Tomato spotted wilt virus
Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
Orchid virus screen Ω