Improving seed testing protocols
28 April, 2017
New seed testing protocols will give industry faster access to imported seed, enhance the biosecurity of Australian horticultural industries and maintain access to internal and export markets.
Contaminated seed poses a significant biosecurity risk for Australian agriculture and is a pathway for seed-borne pathogens that have the potential to destroy crops and markets. A PBCRC project to develop improved seed testing protocols aims to reduce this risk.
The project team, led by Dr Fiona Constable from Victoria’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, is specifically looking at improved and validated testing for detecting viroids and viruses in solanaceous (potato, tomato and capsicum) and cucurbit (melon, pumpkin, squash, and cucumber) seeds. The final product will be a sensitive, reliable and cost effective protocol that has the potential to be used by diagnostic testing facilities worldwide.