As well as testing for pests and diseases, the Plant Health and Environment Laboratory researches pest and disease diagnosis and surveillance. Browse a list of our testing manuals and scientific publications.

Post-entry quarantine testing manuals

Scientific publications


Baskarathevan, J., Taylor, R.K., Ho, W., McDougal, R.L., Shivas, R.G., Alexander, B.J.R. (2016). Real-time PCR assays for the detection of Puccinia psidii. Plant Disease 100: 617-624.

Behan-Pelletier V.M, Li D, Fan Q.H (2016). Phylogenetic relationships of Paralamellobates: immature characters of P. misella (Berlese) place the genus in Punctoribatidae (Acari, Oribatida). Acarologia 56(2): 141–165.

Bellgard, S.E., Pennycook, S.R., Weir, B.S., Ho, W., Waipara, N.W. (2016). Species profile of Phytophthora agathidicida. Forest Phytophthoras of the World .

Fletcher, J., Tang, J., Blouin, A., Ward, L.I., MacDiarmid, R., Ziebell, H. (2016) Red clover vein mosaic virus - a novel virus to New Zealand that is widespread in legumes. Plant Disease 100(5): 890-895.

Higgins, C.M., Chang, W.L., Khan, S., Tang, J., Elliott, C., Dietzgen, R.G. (2016) Diversity and evolutionary history of lettuce necrotic yellows virus in Australia and New Zealand . Archives of Virology 161: 269-277.

Tang, J., Veerakone, S., Ward, L.I. (2016) First report of Tradescantia mild mosaic virus in Tradescantia spp. in New Zealand . Plant disease 100(5): 1032.

Visnovsky, S. B., Fiers, M., Lu, A., Panda, P., Taylor, R., Pitman, A. R. (2016). Draft genome sequences of 18 strains of Pseudomonas isolated from kiwifruit plants in New Zealand and overseas. Genome announcements 4(2):e00061-16. doi:10.1128/genomeA.00061-16.

Ward, L.I, Immanuel, T.M., Khan, S., Liefting, L.W., Delmiglio, C. (2016) Conventional PCR. In chapter: Molecular Methods in Plant Disease Diagnostics, Principles and Protocols. Eds Neil Boonham, Jenny Tomlinson and Rick Mumford. CABI, 7-16.

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