Cultivation/Production, Pests and Diseases

DNA testing to avoid disease in potato crops

A diagnostic system that tests for six soil-borne pathogens that threaten potato crops has recently won an Australian horticulture award, and scientists at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) are already looking to adapt it for other high-value vegetables. Since launching commercially last year in Australia, PreDicta Pt ¯ the SARDI soil testing service for the potato industry ¯ has received widespread support from growers, processors and agronomists across the country.

Source: spudsmart.com

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