Australasian Plant Pathology (2012) 41, 587-590

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P. Glocke and B.H. Hall (2012)
Biosecure packaging for the transport of diagnostic samples
Australasian Plant Pathology 41 (5), 587-590
Abstract: For the transport of diagnostic samples, particularly suspected exotic plant pests, a triple packaging system ensured integrity was maintained and the sample arrived in good condition for diagnosis. The type of sample determined the packaging combinations best suited for the primary, secondary and triple (outer) layers. Packaging suitable for all layers included inexpensive bags and boxes available from supermarkets, Australia Post and commercial packaging suppliers. Press seal bags and small screw top containers were effective primary and secondary packaging for most samples and padded bags or corrugated cardboard boxes for the tertiary package. Samples that could leak required an absorbent sponge in the secondary layer and some samples require pre-packaging to ensure protection before being placed in the primary package. Samples packed in boxes required padding to minimise movement during transport. There was no difference in package integrity between samples sent via couriers and Australia Post.
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