The development of an effective eDNA assay for S. invicta may provide another tool for detection that would complement some of the existing methods. Much like sewage testing for SARS-CoV-2 enables public health officials to identify groups of suburbs with infection, a targeted eDNA approach may enable surveillance of large areas for S. invicta by sampling waterways. It could also be tested for use within specific industries (e.g., nursery, turf farm) that would have an opportunity to collect water or another substrate.
|Red imported fire ant testing
|Effective start/end date
|28/09/23 → 30/09/23
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