Overseas samples for virus diagnostics

AWRI Commercial Services holds a permit that allows nucleic acid extracted from plant material to be sent for virus diagnostics. This extraction is simple and can be done using a specialised kit that we will provide to you. Please contact the virus team for more information.

Upon arrival in Australia, the overseas DNA extracts will be inspected by quarantine services at the client’s cost. In order for samples to be cleared at customs, they should be addressed and include all documentation as follows:

Packaging and Labelling of Samples

  • Each vial should have a label affixed with a unique sample description or code
  • All vials should be sealed to prevent leakage and placed in a durable and sealed plastic bag (double-bagging is recommended).
  • This should be placed in a durable outer container to prevent damage in transit

The outer container should have:

  • A label addressing the package as follows:

Dr Amy Rinaldo of The Australian Wine Research Institute C/O- Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Nursery stock/Seeds unit,
Adelaide International Airport
Sir Donald Bradman Drive,
Export Park SA 5950

Description of goods: X number of plant nucleic acid samples
For in vitro virus diagnostics
Plant species: (e.g. Vitis vinifera)
Nucleic acid extraction method: 4 M guanidine lysis buffer
Commercial value of goods: $0.00 AUD

  • A plant virus testing purchase order should also be provided, however this does not need to be on the outside of the package.