Comparison of methods used to detect the organism responsible for Kauri Dieback, Phytophthora Agathidicida from soil samples
J. Singh, F. Curran-Cournane, N. Waipara, L. Schwendenmann, G. Lear
University of Auckland
Comparison of methods used (bioassay vs molecular) to detect PA from soil samples
Results indicates that quantitative PCR is a more sensitive method for the detection of PA than baiting. We also confirm that DNA sequence analysis using primers can distinguish between Phytophthora species that are closely related to PA. Combination of baiting for Phytophthora with DNA sequencing methods reduces time to screen individual samples.