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SARDI Seminar: Diagnostics and other project applications

Aug 17, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by: Daniele Giblot-Ducray, Jessica Tan, and Kate Hodgson

Where: Auditorium, Plant Research Centre
When: 11am –12 noon
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided at 10.45am.

Diagnostics and other project applications

SARDI Molecular Diagnostic Centre- Where to from here? – Daniele Giblot-Ducray (20 mins)
SARDI Molecular Diagnostics Centre (MDC), initially known as the Root Disease Testing Service was established almost 20 years ago to provide the grains industry with quantitative assays for important soil-borne pathogens. The MDC is now a high throughput diagnostic facility with almost 150 assays available to quantify a range of pests, diseases and plants and provide diagnostic service to (i) industry to aid management, and (ii) researchers to support research projects.
The MDC is currently involved in a range of research projects to further its diagnostics service to the grains industry and expand to the potato, vegetable, wine and sugar industries, and investigate high throughput surveillance options. The MDC is also upgrading its facilities and reviewing its processes to cope with the increasing demand and keep up with technological changes.

Wherefore art thou, E. coli monitoring? And process control monitoring in the meat industry-is there a better way? – Jessica Tan (20 min)
One day, this statistician visited an abattoir. This presentation is the story of how a small, simple project mapping E. coli on beef carcases has resulted in a number of process control projects in the meat processing industry and has recently culminated in a review of the national regulatory monitoring system for meat food safety – has a better way been found? Come and find out

FRNA bacteriophages for risk management of Australian oysters – Kate Hodgson (15 minutes)
The consumption of raw or lightly cooked bivalve shellfish grown in waters contaminated with sewage have been associated with numerous viral disease outbreaks. Current microbial indicators, E. coli and coliform bacteria, used by Australian shellfish quality assurance programs are acknowledged to be poor indicators of human enteric viral contamination. FRNA bacteriophages (FRNA phages) have been identified as potential indicators of viral contamination with applications in risk management during shellfish production. This presentation will provide an overview of a current project designed to investigate of the use of FRNA phages for sewage spill management in Australia.

Seminars are open to students, researchers and staff from other organisations.

SARDI Seminar Series 2017 Program


Aug 17
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
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Auditorium, Plant Research Centre
2b Hartley Grove
Urrbrae, South Australia 5064 Australia

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