Remote microscopy diagnostics for preclearance export of apricots grown in Central Otago

Authors

  • B. Attfield
  • D. Anderson

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.30843/nzpp.2015.68.5842

Abstract

Central Otago growers wishing to export apricots to Australia are required to have fruit graded packed and inspected by a registered packhouse as part of the Offshore PreClearance Inspection Programme As part of this programme an Australian government inspector is brought to Central Otago by the industry for approximately 6 weeks to carry out fruit inspections in the packhouse specifically targeting insect interceptions Any insects found in the 600 fruit sampled from each lot inspected (0530 pallets) are brought to Plant Food Research Clyde where a technician prepares the specimen for remote microscopy diagnostics (RMD) RMD enables sameday insect identification by experts from the Plant Health and Environment Laboratory Ministry for Primary Industries Christchurch A camera mounted on a compound or stereo microscope relays images in real time via the internet enabling the specimen to be manipulated by the technician in Clyde for identification by qualified staff in Christchurch Previously insect identification took approximately 3 days as specimens were sent by courier from Central Otago to a certified laboratory in Auckland RMD real time saving equates to less fruit spoilage and less disruption to transport systems awaiting shipments to be cleared

Published

2015-01-08

How to Cite

Attfield, B., & Anderson, D. (2015). Remote microscopy diagnostics for preclearance export of apricots grown in Central Otago. New Zealand Plant Protection, 68, 440-440. https://doi.org/10.30843/nzpp.2015.68.5842

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Poster Abstracts