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On 23rd November 2022, the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network (NPBDN) held a member webinar explaining how National Diagnostic Protocols are developed and how they are used to improve Australia’s ability to identify plant biosecurity threats.

With 91 attendees, and a diverse range of speakers the webinar improved knowledge of these resources.

Webinar speakers and topics discussed included:

  • Lucy Tran-Nguyen – National Manager at PHA: National Diagnostic Protocols Overview
  • Toni Chapman – Research Scientist at NSW DPI: Xylella and Citrus Canker NDP
  • David Lovelock -Research Scientist at Ag Vic: Grapevine red blotch virus NDP
  • Elisse Nogarotto -Research Scientist at Ag Vic: Xanthomonas fragariae NDP
  • Sam Hair – Laboratory Scientist at DPIRD: Khapra Beetle NDP
  • Oonagh Byrne – Entomologist at DPIRD: Khapra Beetle NDP
  • Monica Kehoe – Research Scientist at DPIRD: Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum NDP in surveillance activities in WA

 Comments and questions at the Panel Q&A session included:

  • Requirement for protocols being verified and validated before including in an NDP.
  • Appreciation for the collaborative team, time, and effort it took to develop the NDP 45 for Khapra beetle.
  • How to participate in proficiency testing and verification process of an NDP.

We appreciate all the speakers and participants for an engaging and insightful NDP discussion.

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