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Final Report - PORT CHECK (Development of generic 'on site' molecular diagnostics for EU quarantine pests and pathogens)

Project ID: 502348
Funded under: FP6-POLICIES


This is the final report for the PORT CHECK project. The introduction of non-indigenous pests and pathogens of plants and plant products into the European Union (EU) can severely impact cross-border trade. The current methods used to detect quarantine organisms have several drawbacks, such as being limited to certain pathogens and being slow or needing bulky equipment. There is a need for a generic, fast and portable tool to detect and identify quarantine pests and pathogens at points of entry. The project aimed to provide EU inspection services with state-of-the-art molecular diagnostics assays for detecting key quarantine pests and pathogens. Their report which also includes photos reveals that based on their method evaluation study - non-specialist users could generate results equivalent to those achieved in the laboratory in less than two hours, and that this could be done remotely from the laboratory.

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