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Short Term Visits 2010

CALL 2010 for Short Term Visits - final list


43 applications for Short Term Visits have been received under the 2010 STV call. IFA BOKU is coordinating this process.
For this second round 8 young researchers coming from different countries (Brazil, China, Italy, Spain, Finland, Turkey and Hungary) will be hosted by labs of MycoRed network in Europe.
Attached find the final list of applicantions approved by Executive Committee met in Toulouse last May 2010.

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WHO ARE the selected young researchers for STV 2010



Somorin Yinka Morakinyo: experience at UCSC in Italy

The graduate student Somorin Yinka Morakinyo (Bachelor of Science, (Hons) in Microbiology), from the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria, carried out a short term visit at the Faculty of Agriculture UCSC in Piacenza, from September 22 to December 14, 2010.
During this period, Mr Somorin conducted a research on “Occurrence of mycotoxins in Yam flour and their fate during the preparation of Yam flour paste Amala”.
Yam (Dioscorea spp) is an economically important staple food in tropical regions of the world including Nigeria. In order to minimize postharvest losses, yams are processed into dried chips which are later ground into flour. Amala, the thick paste prepared from yam flour, is a delicacy frequently consumed in urban areas of Nigeria and Benin Republic. During the processing and handling of the yam tubers into the flour product, fungi such as Aspergillus, Fusarium and Penicillium contaminate the products giving rise to discolouration of the chips, mouldy taste, off odours and  production of mycotoxins.
The aim of the study was to determine the occurrence and levels of aflatoxins, fumonisins, ochratoxin A, deoxynivalenol and zearalenone in yam flour from markets in southwestern Nigeria. In total, 100 samples were analyzed and a scientific paper is going to be prepared.



Meri Kokkonen from Finland to UK

PhD students Ms. Meri Kokkonen and Ms. Kalliopi Mylona examining Fusarium sporotrichioides cultures for oat experiments in the Applied Mycology Lab, Cranfield University, U.K.
City: Helsinki
Degree: Master's Degree in Food Science, major in food Chemistry, University of Helsinki
Home institute: Finnish Food Safety Authority - EVIRA
Topic of the Short Term Visit : the effect of culture conditions and fungicides on the growth and mycotoxin production. Two important Fusarium species in both UK and Finland, i.e., F. langsethiae and F. sporotrichioides were studied.
Host lab:
Cranfield University ,Vincent Building, Cranfield Health, MK43 0Al, U.K.
Tutor: Prof. Naresh Magan

Meri Kokkonen, Finnish Food Safety Authority, Researcher, PhD student

"I obtained a grant from MYCORED to make a short term scientific visit to Cranfield University providing me a chance to work with Prof. Naresh Magan and his Applied Mycology group for two months this summer. As my background is in analytical chemistry, the visit gave me a possibility to learn about mycology and the working practises in this field.
The welcome in the group was warm and people were friendly and helpful. The atmosphere in the laboratory was vibrant where young students from different parts of the world were carrying out their own research, and discussing one another’s, research projects. Prof. Magan did his best to introduce me to the fascinating world of fungi by sharing his vast knowledge and making the most out of my time in the laboratory. In two months, we managed to carry out several experiments with Fusarium langsethiae and F. sporotrichioides.
The visit was fruitful in many ways, not only scientifically. I quite enjoyed the student life at the university campus despite it being rather isolated from the rest of the world! One of the best things of the stay was the many nice people I met and made friends with in such a short time. Prof. Magan kept me busy also in my free time by involving me in playing tennis for his club. Our team play worked nicely both on the tennis court and in the lab despite the occasional, but friendly discussions. Overall, I was very satisfied with this scientific visit and grateful of getting this opportunity."


Call procedure for STV

Young researchers from ICPC countries and EU member states can apply for a SHORT TERM VISIT in one of the laboratories (see section Download), participating in the MycoRed Project.
The purpose of the stay must be thematically in line with the  project. The visits in the host labs have a duration of one to three months.
A lump-sum is paid directly to the visiting scientist, contributing to travel costs and living expenses: 1500 € or 1000 € for the first month, if the researcher is invited from an ICPC country or the EU, respectively and  500 € for each successive month.

The whole application (to be completed using the MycoRed STV template) must not exceed 5 pages and shall include:

  • Short description of home institute and current work
  • CV with examples for specific knowledge, experience, skills etc.
  • Topic and abstract of the proposed activity
  • Starting date and duration of the stay
  • Name of the desired host lab** (if already known)
Applications for the second year of the MycoRed project (2010/11) should be sent to the following address until 18 April 2010 :

Dr. Wolfgang Kandler
Center for Analytical Chemistry
Department IFA-Tulln
University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
Konrad-Lorenz-Str. 20
3430 Tulln
Austria
wolfgang.kandler@boku.ac.at

If the application is eligible, the applicant may be requested to send a more detailed working plan of the stay that will be assessed in the host lab. Final decisions about the Short-term Visits within the second project year will be made by the end of May 2010.
(launch on 20.01.2010)


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