This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Principally based on Projects R6520, R6007cb and R6692. Easy-to-use test
kits now help laboratory staff in developing countries diagnose diseases
rapidly. The traditional tests are expensive and time-consuming. This
means that diseases, such as bacterial wilt in potato, groundnut and
tomato, and leaf spot in banana, are often not correctly detected, or
not detected in time. So, crop losses from these diseases in Africa and
Asia are devastating. Now, laboratories in Mauritius, Malaysia,
Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Trinidad use cost-effective kits to detect these
diseases quickly and accurately. The design of the kits takes into
account the often poor conditions in these laboratories. The tests have
great potential for certifying crops for export and import, as well for
meeting food safety standards. Many plant pathology laboratories around
the world have already asked for them.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (13
pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP79, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 56.