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Use of molecular diagnostic tools for pest detection in forestry

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Author
Uzunovic, Adnan
Dale, Angela
Kus, Stacey
Date
March 2021
Material Type
Research report
Field
Sustainable Construction
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Author
Uzunovic, Adnan
Dale, Angela
Kus, Stacey
Date
March 2021
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
24 p.
Sector
Wood Products
Field
Sustainable Construction
Research Area
Advanced Wood Materials
Subject
Detection
Insects
Inspection
Pathogens
Regulations
Research
Wood
Series Number
Technical Report; TR 2021 N.31
Language
English
Abstract
Large volumes of forest products are traded internationally. With this comes an increased risk of moving forest pathogens associated with these products. To protect both forest health and international trade, prevention or control of pest movement and establishment needs to be done using approaches which result in minimal trade interruption. Rapid, economical, and accurate detection, identification and risk assessment of pathogens is one of the key aspects of successful management. Significant developments in the last two decades in genomics has enabled more accurate and rapid detection of pathogens. However, many of these techniques have not been thoroughly tested in wood and lack associated standards governing their use in a regulatory setting. There are ongoing concerns that these new methods will add regulatory compliance costs to industry and other stakeholders, or that they will be used improperly and unduly limit market access. To address these concerns, it is critical that the capabilities and limits of these tools are well understood by both industry and international regulators, and that standards are developed to govern their use to help reduce the threat of pests while minimizing the impact to trade. This report summarizes current technologies and suggests ways forward.
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