These measures will include real-time monitoring during storage to be carried out in 3 countries including China, innovative sorting of crops, novel milling technology and efficient biofuel production, will enable raw cereal materials with higher mycotoxin levels to be processed without breaching regulatory limits on mycotoxins in finished products.

Objectives of work package 2

  • To develop 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.
  • To develop non-invasive real time sorting of dried fruit (figs) for mycotoxins using visible and NIR spectral imaging and appropriate algorithms to achieve significant improvements compared to manual sorting with 5% or less probability of the batch average concentration of aflatoxin B1 failing to meet the EU limits.
  • To integrate novel down-stream processing approaches such as innovative (pre-)milling for accurate separation of grain tissues with different mycotoxin levels and to minimise the mycotoxin content in the final wheat based food products (up to 50% reduction).
  • To develop novel baking procedures at industrial scale to reveal the thermal processing factors which are relevant for the reduction of mycotoxins and their transformation into modified forms (incl. conjugated toxins).
  • Utilising a novel generation of mycotoxin degrading enzymes for environmentally sustainable use of contaminated batches using fermentation technologies for the production of biofuels (bioethanol and biogas).

Management team