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Fingerprinting technology to detect mycotoxins in foods and liquid foodstuffs

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Jan
21

KickOf MycospecOn November 19th the EU-research project MYCOSPEC was launched with the participation of SMEs of the cereal industry and research centers.

MYSCOSPEC project, presented at IRIS facilities in Castelldefels (Spain), aims to develop an innovative system to detect mycotoxins, toxins produced by fungi that infest food crops and processed foods. Food contaminated with mycotoxins can cause both acute and long-term illness. The high potential danger of mycotoxins to humans and livestock forces to have strict regulatory controls and makes foodstuff buyers to increasingly demand more rigorous and timely food safety testing.

An innovative solution based on infrared spectroscopic fingerprinting technology

Quantitative and rapid analysis of these toxins is difficult with current analytical methods being costly, time- consuming, and not suited application in the field. The analytical results prone to vary between laboratories, sometimes by orders of magnitude. The MYCOSPEC project will develop an innovative tool based on infrared spectroscopic fingerprinting and novel laser technology. The envisaged approach will enable the development of a compact yet highly sensitive tool, which will ensure that larger volumes of the cereals and foodstuffs can be probed, sensitively detected, and quantified. The high information content of infrared spectroscopic analysis combined with multivariate calibration and the powerful infrared laser light source will provide a novel approach for rapid, high-throughput monitoring of plant main components obtaining rapid information on crop quality and safety essential for screening systems in the food and feed sector.

This two year research project funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission will develop a novel technology for the rapid on-site diagnosis of fungal diseases, by joining the efforts of three research centers: Universitaet ULM (Germany), Universitaet fuer Bodenkultur Wien (Austria), IRIS (Spain), and five industrial SME partners that will contribute to the development and the industrial validation of the technology: ICC (Austria), FULLWELL MILL LIMITED (UK), MG OPTICAL SOLUTIONS GMBH (Germany), CERVESES LA GARDENIA (Spain)) and SETBIR (Turkey).

 

Project KickOff

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Nov
27

The MYCOSPEC project will be officially launched in Castelldefels, Spain, on November 19-20 2013. Project partners from across Europe will come together for the event, which will be hosted by IRIS, the project coordinator.

All together, the consortium is composed of 8 project partners from 5 Member States (Austria, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and Turkey).

The need of MYCOSPEC project

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Nov
27

Current methodologies for mycotoxin detection fail to provide rapid and representative measurements, are costly and time-consuming and cannot be applied in the field.  The novel MYCOSPEC technology aims rapid on-site detection of mycotoxins, and will ensure that larger volumes of the foodstuffs can be probed, sensitively detected, and quantified.

Mycotoxins

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Nov
27

Mycotoxins are toxic chemical products produced by fungi that infect food crops in the field or after harvest and thus pose a threat to human and animal health through the ingestion of food products prepared from these commodities.

The MYCOSPEC goal

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Nov
27

The MYCOSPEC project aims to develop an innovative tool for the rapid on-site diagnosis of fungal mycotoxins at the surface of foods or in liquid foodstuffs.