Vegetable Research & Innovation

A new approach to identifying La France disease

This project set out to establish the reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR) method for the detection of La France disease in New Zealand mushroom caps. As a result of this study it is confirmed that the RT-PCR method is suitable for New Zealand conditions and that results are consistent and reliable. The conclusion from this work is that New Zealand mushroom growers should adopt this method because it is quicker, more sensitive and cheaper than existing methods.