Biosecurity molecular screening using eDNA technology: Phase 5

Project: Research

Project Details


Detecting pests and diseases in imported goods can be challenging and not all detection techniques are suitable for the commercial operational trade environment.

The use of environmental DNA (eDNA) has increased rapidly in recent years using trace DNA obtained from samples such as soil, water, and air to identify species present. The project investigates eDNA technology's suitability as a high-throughput, rapid, non-destructive, and inexpensive way to test for multiple species of concern across the biosecurity continuum.

The aim of this project is to trial eDNA technology along with portable diagnostic platforms to determine their applicability for both on-field and laboratory based operational use.

The project will also develop a DNA reference database for each pathway (goods, pests and diseases) and expand the eDNA library in each phase to include additional priority pests and diseases.
Effective start/end date8/07/2215/09/23


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