- DatesMarch 2016–February 2020 (four years)
- SponsorEuropean Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme
- Funded€5 million (total project)
We are one of the 23 partners from 11 countries – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Department of Agrobiotechnology (BOKU), Austria; Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek RIKILT, Wageningen, Netherlands; International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC), Wien, Austria; Harper Adams University, Newport, UK; FoodLife International Ltd, Ankara, Turkey; BARILLA, Parma, Italy; Innovacio i Recerca Industrial i Sostenible SL (IRIS), Castelldefels, Spain; University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture (PFNS), Novi Sad, Serbia; HORTA SRL, Piacenza, Italy; Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR), Berlin, Germany; Suleyman Demirel University (SDU), Isparta, Turkey; Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands; Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Aas, Norway; Institute of Food Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS-IFST), Beijing, China; BIOMIN, Getzersdorf, Austria; Chinese Academy of State Administration of Grain (ASAG), Beijing, China; Südzucker, Mannheim, Germany; Axeb Biotech, Lleida, Spain; Agro LV Ltd, Vyriv, Ukraine; Tariş Figs Agricultural Sales Cooperatives Unions (TARIS), İzmir, Turkey, Agrocentrum, Bečej, Serbia; and Feed Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS-FRI), Beijing, China.
The MyToolBox project (‘Safe Food and Feed through an Integrated ToolBox for Mycotoxin Management’) goes beyond a field-to-fork approach to reduce moulds and mycotoxins in staple food and feed chains such as wheat, maize and peanuts.
The agriculture and food/feed industries continue to be vulnerable to problems of mycotoxin contamination, which is dangerous to animals and humans. There is a pressing need to mobilise the wealth of knowledge that exists from the mycotoxin research in Europe and internationally conducted over the past 25-30 years and to perform cutting-edge research where knowledge gaps still exist.
This knowledge needs to be integrated into practical and affordable tools that can be used by farmers and food/feed processors along the chain to reduce the risk of mycotoxin contamination of crops, feed and food and to prevent losses. This also requires stakeholders to access real-time information using mainstream ICT (information and communication technology).
We will be collaboratively developing real-time post-harvest environmental monitoring systems for storage of cereals and peanuts to facilitate effective integrated control of moulds and mycotoxins and provide an early warning of risks, enabling effective prevention/remedial actions to be implemented.
We will then be responsible for integrating existing knowledge on guidelines and protocols to prevent and control mycotoxin contamination.