We are partners in the European Union project MyToolBox (‘Safe Food and Feed through an Integrated ToolBox for Mycotoxin Management), developing, testing and validating an entire e-platform toolkit. This includes resistant plant resources, management tools and technologies to effectively monitor and reduce the incidence of mycotoxin contaminants in crop production, as well as in the food and feed supply chains.
  • DatesMarch 2016–February 2020 (four years)
  • SponsorEuropean Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme
  • Funded€5 million (total project)

  • Partners

    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.