November 22, 2019 – MicroGEM collaborator, Dr. Jo Stanton of the University of Otago, presented data from her study on detecting viruses and pests on cassava plants at the 1st International Symposium of Animal and Plant Health and Quality and Safety of Agroproducts in Ningbo, China. Dr. Stanton described the ability of MicroGEM's PDQeX Nucleic Acid Extractor to perform rapid, in-field DNA extractions ready for sequencing using Oxford Nanopore's MinION and MinIT.

This technical breakthrough to conduct bacterial DNA extraction and genomic analysis in the field is documented in Tree Lab: Portable genomics for early detecting of plant viruses and pests in Sub-Saharan Africa. Key collaborators included Dr. Laura Boykin of the University of Western Australia and members of the Cassava Virus Action Project.

Read more about the study and related publications here.