MycoKey project has been funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 programme, Societal challenge 2 “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy challenge” – topic “ Biological contamination of crops and the food chain”.
It aims to deliver in 2019 the first integrated ICT based solutions to address mycotoxin contamination along the food and feed chain, by using a holistic and sustainable approach.
32 partners from Europe, China, Nigeria, Argentina, including research institutions, SMEs, industries and associations will work together for 4 years, focusing on aflatoxins, deoxynivalenol, zearalenone, ochratoxin A, fumonisins. They will also operate together to strengthen the global knowledge on mycotoxins, feed an effective cooperation with China, to create interaction with other projects and initiatives, giving recommendations to regulators.
The MycoKey scientific rationale is based on an integrated research, technology and industrial development along the chain (e.g. ICT, -omics) to address innovation challenges and develop new sustainable solutions for mycotoxin reduction in target crops, through a focus on two key scientific areas:
- Toxigenic Fungi and Mycotoxin Monitoring
- Prevention, intervention and remediation.
The project will deliver an interdisciplinary intervention to investigate current and emerging problems for mycotoxin management, considering all the stages along the food chains, by combining various scientific domains including agronomy, plant pathology, chemistry, molecular biology, genetics, ICT, food technology together with industrial and consumer perspectives. Partners with complementing skills and expertise will strongly interact to create and utilize synergies.