15 Nov '11, 1am

Detecting Plant Diseases? There's an App for that

Detecting Plant Diseases? There's an App for that

© Photo by G.L. Kohuth MSU researcher Syed Hashsham has invented a handheld, low-cost application that can perform genetic analysis. How do you identify plant diseases, keep pathogens from spreading and help protect the food supply? The old way was to collect field samples, send them to a lab ... and wait. The new way: An app that works with an iPod Touch or Android-based tablet (how inclusive) and can ID a plant pathogen in 10-30 minutes. The technology, called Gene-Z, was developed by Michigan State University scientists and is being developed for the market. Gene-Z is not only a gee-whiz project; it's designed to speed treatments and keep pathogens from spreading. In more detail, the Gene-Z invention can detect cancer in plants and crops. It was developed by Syed Hashsham, professor of civil and environmental engineering at MSU, and has already been used to detect a new...

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