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SPECIAL SESSION: Validation of high throughput sequencing: from virus detection to plant certification

Applications of HTS for enhanced pathogen detection: a vegetable industry perspective
Abbie Stack - Bayer CropScience.

In healthcare, a revolution is occurring as the lab moves to the bedside. Today, a doctor can make informed decisions about their patient supported by sequence-based diagnostics. Can we do the same thing in agriculture? At Bayer Crop Science, our motto is “Science For A Better Life”. Nowhere is this more relevant than in agriculture: the future our farmers face is full of uncertainty. With an increasing global population, rapidly changing climate, and increasing crop movement over broad geographical areas, our crops constantly face novel and unprecedented disease threats. Our vision of plant health for the future is actionable diagnostics that can help our customers make decisions that are better for both their crops and the environment. High-throughput sequencing can help bring this vision to life. Instead of looking for diseases one at a time, new sequencing technologies allow us to broadly scan for thousands of pathogens simultaneously. With rapid, on-the-spot sequencing we believe we can proactively protect fields and greenhouses before they face infection. With new technologies like rapid on-the-spot sequencing, we imagine a future where we can bring accurate, timely and informative diagnostic information to our grower customers and help them keep their crops as healthy as possible, no matter what challenges they face. Our journey into the future of plant pathology has only just begun- but this talk will focus on our quest to bring “precision medicine” to the farmer’s field.