Early Detection and Diagnosis of Phytopathogens as Bioterrorism Agents
U.S. Army, via University of South Florida
10/01/04 - 06/30/06
PI: Joe E. Lepo
This project, being carried out in collaboration with Montana State University, is part of a consortium led by the University of South Florida in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health and other institutions in the Florida State University System to develop a suite of tests to detect potential bioterrorism agents in clinical and environmental samples. The CEDB's work for this consortium focuses on plant pathogens for agronomically important crops. The long-term goals are to develop a suite of molecular probes/tests for in situ detection of fungal and bacterial pathogens that affect crops such as wheat, rice, cotton, flax, corn, oats, beans, and barley. Such technology has the potential to provide rapid and accurate early assessment of insidious threats to agricultural productivity, and aid in bioterrorism preparedness for agricultural extension agencies in the state and nation.