A project undertaken at the Research School of Biology, Australian National University, and supervised by Dr John Rathjen
We plan a project on sequencing-based diagnosis of crop diseases in near real time using mobile sequencing technologies. This will involve sampling of crops throughout the growing season, developing DNA extraction and sequencing protocols, and adaptation of existing informatic analysis pipelines. The pocket-sized sequencer known as the MinION will be the technology of choice, due to its relatively cheap cost, portability and generation of large numbers of long DNA sequencing reads. This will enable identification of known and novel microbes from field samples.