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Research Project: Characterizing and Detecting Pathogens to Ensure Safe Exchange of Plant Germplasm

Location: National Germplasm Resources Laboratory

Title: National Plant Diagnostic Network protocols and validation committee: facilitating technology transfer from researchers to diagnosticians

item WOODHAL, JAMES - University Of Idaho
item SALAMANCA, LINA - Iowa State University
item MOLL, MARGARET - University Of Idaho
item BOMBERGER, RACHEL - Washington State University
item BEC, SLADANA - University Of Florida
item BUSH, ELIZABETH - Virginia Tech
item LAFOREST, JOSEPH - University Of Georgia
item RAHMAN, MAHFUZ - West Virginia University
item ONG, KEVIN - Texas A&M University
item OLSEN, JENNIFER - Oklahoma State University
item PLEWA, DIANE - University Of Illinois
item MILES, LAURA - Michigan State University
item GRIMME, EVA - Montana State University
item OBASA, KEN - Texas A&M University
item FIEWEGER, SAM - Wisconsin Department Of Agriculture
item MAY, SARA - Pennsylvania State University
item SNOVER-CLIFF, KAREN - Cornell University
item Mollov, Dimitre

Submitted to: American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/1/2020
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Detection and diagnosis play a vital role in plant health. Early detection of exotic plant pathogens can enable the implementation of effective quarantines and eradication activities to control infectious disease outbreaks. Likewise, the success of disease management strategies greatly depends on the accurate detection of native or endemic plant pathogens in production systems. A wide range of testing methods are potentially available for diagnosticians to enable timely detection and diagnosis. However, this potential range of tests is not always fully utilized by the diagnostic community. A lack of training, validation data, suitable equipment or other resources required to implement the test may explain why assays often fail to cross the divide between research and diagnostic labs. The work of the NPDN Protocols and Validation Committee seeks to determine suitable diagnostic protocols for NPDN uptake, establish best practices for method development and implementation, and undertake outreach efforts to promote best practices for diagnostic development and delivery. A key output of the committee will be Plant Diagnostic Guidelines (PDG). PDGs will recommend specific diagnostic protocols which will be supported by validation data. The committee will also publish these validated protocols to aid in the implementation of diagnostic methods. The committee also enables closer working relationships between researchers and diagnosticians, which will increase the acceptance of fit-for-purpose diagnostic methods.