New diagnostic test for fire blight

La Trobe University scientist Dr Rachel Mann has developed a new diagnostic test for the major horticultural disease fire blight. Fire blight can devastate pear and apple orchards, and Dr Mann's research is set to revolutionise screening procedures across the world.

The genetic makeup of fire blight was largely unknown prior to Dr Mann's work, so the first step in developing a diagnostic test involved sequencing the DNA of the bacteria.

Diagnostic test for fire blight


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