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Developing GC methods for analysing the foliar chemistry of durable eucalypts: a potential pest-tolerance screening tool

By T.J. Murray, C. Rajapaksha Shilpage, M. Holzenkaempfer, June 2018.

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Executive summary

The objective was to develop and test methods (foliage preparation and gas chromatography method development) for assessing the foliar chemistry of durable eucalypt leaves to determine if foliar chemical analysis can be used in the rapid assessment of eucalypt susceptibility to insect pests as part of the durable eucalypt breeding programme.

Ths study found that further refinement and validation of the GC method using the EtOH solvent will continue to reduce analysis error and variation to ensure high quality, repeatable results.

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