14 June 1996

Fast virus spotter

POTATO viruses could soon be detected much faster thanks to a new rapid detection method being developed by scientists at the DLO Research Institute for Plant Protection in the Netherlands.

Current methods cannot detect disease in tubers. Instead, eyes have to be removed and cultured, and the new leaf material tested, which takes five weeks. The new detection method can already detect potato leaf roll virus within half a day, the Institute claims. &#42