Plant Disease Diagnostics get “Techie” for 2009
Using the technology properly and interpretation of results for Utah’s plant pathogens will take time. In the coming months we will set up protocols for a variety of diagnostic tests and test those protocols to make sure they work properly. We will also build a library of DNA primers (proteins necessary to initiate DNA synthesis) that will allow us to test for a wide variety of pathogens. We hope to be able to offer molecular diagnostic services for the 2009 season.
Funding for the real time PCR machine came from the Western Plant Diagnostic Network (a division of USDA within the Department of Homeland Security), the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, and the Utah State Horticultural Association. The UPPDL expresses sincere appreciation for the funding we received in order to purchase this machine. Successful use of real time PCR will allow the lab to reach national accreditation standards that will be required in the future.
-Erin Frank, Plant Disease Diagnostician (No longer at USU)