Industry representative: Derek Hargreaves
AHDB Horticulture project cost: £196,154
Aims and objectives:
Overall Project Aim
The aim of the project is to produce on-site tests which can be used singly or in a multiplex format to monitor glasshouse bio-aerosols for gummy stem blight and powdery mildew in glasshouse cucumbers. Intervention/control measures would be applied in response to disease risk from the on-site tests. The tests would be validated for use within commercial cropping systems. Commercial ‘do it yourself’ test kits would be made available at the end of the project to the UK horticulture industry. To encourage industry uptake of the technology ‘hands on’ workshops would be run in both East Yorkshire and the Lee Valley in the final year of the project.
Develop a monoclonal antibody probe to selectively measure bio-aerosols for cucumber powdery mildew.
Provide the UK cucumber industry with on-site tests for the early detection of pathogen threshold levels of both Mycosphaerella and powdery mildew in glasshouse bio-aerosols.
Provide sufficient on-site tests (which have confirmed shelf-life for use) for commercial supply to the UK cucumber industry for start of 2017.