First field diagnostic test for Tomato Apex Necrosis Virus
| EnviroLogix, a leader in the development and manufacture of diagnostic test kits for GMOs and plant pathogens, released new diagnostic test kits for Tomato Apex Necrosis Virus (ToANV) and Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). |
EnviroLogix´ QuickStix Kit for ToANV and QuickStix Kit for TSWV are immunoassay Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) for the detection of these plant pathogens in the field or in the lab. EnviroLogix also offers a high-throughput QualiPlate™ Kit for TSWV, a two-hour ELISA plate test for use in the lab. These test kits will help growers, breeders, seed producers and seed multipliers diagnose and initiate treatment for these severe tomato diseases.
ToANV (a torradovirus), confused for some time as a new strain of TSWV, was first identified in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico in 2007, and has since been reported in other areas. This virus has been described as causing 'significant mortality of plants and unmarketable fruit,' resulting in severe economic loss.
Before the introduction of the QuickStix Kit for ToANV, there were no tools available to diagnose the disease in the field. Symptomatic samples had to be sent to diagnostic labs where complex tests often took days or weeks to develop results. Because the disease is so virulent and economically threatening, early detection and fast, accurate diagnosis are essential to the application of effective control measures.
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Posted: January 23, 2008
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