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Alternative Host Testing for Phytophthora agathidicida (PA)

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RFx ID : 19247441
Tender Name : Alternative Host Testing for Phytophthora agathidicida (PA)
Reference # : 17736
Open Date : Tuesday, 21 November 2017 12:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
Close Date : Friday, 19 January 2018 2:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
Department/Business Unit :
Tender Type : Request for Proposals (RFP)
Tender Coverage : Sole Agency  [?]
Categories :
  • 81171600 - Ecological science services
  • 81171700 - Botanical science services
Regions:
  • New Zealand
Required Pre-qualifications : None
Contact : Angela Evans
04 830 1509
Alternate Physical Delivery Address  :
Alternate Physical Fax Number  :
Overview

The health of our Kauri forests are under threat by a disease called kauri dieback that is caused by a fungus-like organism called Phytophthora agathidicida (PA).

An opportunity exists for suppliers to help MPI answer one of the key fundamental questions which could change how we manage certain aspects of our fight against kauri dieback.

Are there other plant species that host PA besides kauri?

Recent laboratory research suggest that PA is likely to be held in the root systems of other native plants that grow in association with Kauri. We require research to be undertaken in the form of field trials to determine if non-kauri plant species are hosts of the pathogen Phytophthora agathidicida (PA). As part of this RFP, a cost-effective diagnostic tool which allows a quick turnaround of results is required as well as an ongoing supply of healthy, Phytophthora-free non-kauri seedlings.