A new revolutionary mobile lab set-up created by the Saunders lab of the John Innes Centre is being trialed currently at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) in Holeta, Ethiopia in collaboration with CIMMYT.

Dr. Diane Saunders said “The new MARPLE (Mobile And Real-time PLant disEase) diagnostic kit offers the potential for rapid diagnostics and surveillance for complex fungal pathogens to truly become accessible to researchers in the field, whilst cutting identification waits from typically months to a matter of hours. This development will enable increased surveillance of crop disease pressure and more targeted methods of control.”

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