AA fast, accurate, and inexpensive mushroom disease diagnostic sys-tem that facilitates routine disease surveillance on farm has been the Holy Grail for scientists and industry over the past decade. Lots of indi-vidual scientists from all over the world have been making contributi-ons to the knowledge bank but an integrated system that supported a “commercial service” to mushroom growers has eluded the industry. But that may be all about to change. In the mid 2000s, ISMS facilitated a global collaborative project between scientists in South Africa, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Ireland, USA and Australia to develop a disease surveillance capability for growers around the world. Results were encouraging, but funding ran out before all the objectives could be achieved. Since then, scientists in several countries have continued building on the ISMS project.
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