Dr. Frank Martin is a plant pathologist with the USDA-ARS in Salinas, CA, working in management of fungal soilborne diseases of crop plants with an emphasis on strawberry and vegetable crops. His lab has developed TaqMan real time PCR diagnostic assays for detection and quantification of a range of common pathogens (for example, Verticillium and Fusarium wilt, Macrophomina phaseolina and Phytophthora species). The assays have also been transferred to an isothermal detection platform called recombinant polymerase amplification that enables pathogen detection directly in the field with portable equipment in as little as 15 minutes without the need for DNA extraction. These technologies are being used in detecting/quantifying pathogens in the field prior to planting and rapid diagnostics for improved disease management.
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