NSW DPI - Tussock Weed Diagnostic test kit
- Commercial diagnostics services, medical or agricultural device manufacturers interested in commercialising a new rapid in-field Tussock Weed Diagnostic test kit
- Local land care services or government agencies interested in partnerships surrounding use of the device
Invasive tussock weeds in Australia significantly affect native grass biodiversity and productivity of agricultural pastures. They are difficult to distinguish from native grasses and this delays early in-field detection of new infestations, leading to increased costs and difficulties of later controls.
Surveillance and detection of Tussock Weeds is prioritised in the National Biosecurity Protocol for invasive species.
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) have developed a diagnostic test kit for the accurate identification of two high profile tussock weeds, with facility for rapid and inexpensive deployment in the field. This test kit allows identification of tussock weeds by non-specialists within a one-hour time frame, requiring only inexpensive hardware and minimal practice.
NSW DPI are seeking commercial diagnostics services, medical or agricultural device manufacturers interested in commercialising this device to support the ongoing detection and surveillance of Tussock Weeds. Global trade or biosecurity agencies interested in partnerships surrounding use of the device are also encouraged to enquire to explore opportunities to integrate this new device with existing biosecurity tools and diagnostics.
Potential Other Applications:
This methodology could be modified for diagnostics of other priority weeds, pathogens and pests expanding the growing range of commercial applications available for agricultural bio-security surveillance.
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