Referral Laboratories have been identified for carrying out confirmatory tests, if required, and also for developing standard protocols, maintenance of referral material, training etc. The referral laboratory is responsible for carrying out confirmatory tests in the event of dispute or nonconformity of test results. The referral laboratory usually will not involve in routine virus diagnosis/genetic fidelity/ uniformity testing of tissue culture raised plants.
The DBT has designated two Referral laboratories for virus diagnosis/genetic fidelity/ uniformity testing of tissue cultures plants.
1.Referral Center for Virus Indexing:
Advanced Centre for Plant Virology,
Division of Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
2. Referral Center for Genetic Fidelity Testing
National Institue for Plant Biotechnology (NIPB),
Lal Bahadur Shastri Building, Pusa Campus New Delhi - 110012