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Portable DNA device can detect tree pests in under two hours

EurekAlert
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/uobc-pdd071720.php

Asian gypsy moths feed on a wide range of important plants and trees. White pine blister rust can kill young trees in only a couple of years. But it's not always easy to detect the presence of these destructive species just by looking at spots and bumps on a tree, or on the exterior of a cargo ship.

Now a new rapid DNA detection method developed at the University of British Columbia can identify these pests and pathogens in less than two hours, without using complicated processes or chemicals - a substantial time savings compared to the several days it currently takes to send samples to a lab for testing.

"Sometimes, a spot is just a spot," explains 

Read on: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/uobc-pdd071720.php

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