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Improving preparedness of the Australian horticultural sector to the threat potentially posed by Xylella fastidiosa

This multi-industry investment will review and allow Australia to adopt world’s best practice methods for detecting and identifying strains of the Xylella fastidiosa bacteria, should it come to our shores. As well as developing state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, technologies and protocols to screen plant material entering the country and to support active surveillance programs, it will provide associated training to technical staff in diagnostic laboratories.

The project’s work will ultimately allow for quick and effective detection of what is considered to be the number one plant biosecurity threat to Australia and New Zealand, to facilitate a swift and sure response.

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