Farm Bill 10007 Highlights - Enhance and strengthen pest identification and technology

Farm Bill 10007 Highlights - Enhance and strengthen pest identification and technology

A new diagnostic tool helps frontline field personnel accurately detect harmful plant pathogens in 60 seconds or less, allowing for a more rapid response.

Farm Bill funds helped develop a sophisticated yet simple diagnostic tool that detects specialty crop pathogens in real time, known as “CANARY” or Cellular Analysis and Notification of Antigen Risks and Yields. Two USDA Plant Inspection Stations have piloted the rapid detection technology to test for harmful bacterial pathogen threats to plant species. In 2015, USDA partnered with a biotechnology company to commercialize several CANARY biosensors for plant pathogen detection.

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