Mobile diagnostic lab
Matt Heaton, John Innes Centre
Lab work in the field is difficult but often vital. Often there is no power for equipment, no internet for programs and high temperatures that render expensive reagents useless. Yet these areas are the most important places to work if we are to detect crop diseases before they spread. Here Diane Saunders of the John Innes Centre, and a researcher from the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research are using the new MARPLE Diagnostics mobile lab to carry out all the required lab procedures for the first time, from only the boot of a land cruiser. This means we truly can take the lab to the field and more importantly, that the research remains in the hands of the people on the ground.