Short Term Visits 2009
Call for Short Term Visits 2009 - final list
11 applications for Short Term Visits have been received by IFA BOKU, who is coordinating this process.
Young researchers have different competences and degrees (Master of Tech in food and Industrial Microbiology, Master of Science in Botany , MSc. Food Microbiology and Biotechnology , Bachelor in Food Science and Technology , 5 years Degree in Microbiology, Bachelor of Science Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, Master of Science in Microbiology ).
Who are the selected researchers for Short Term Visits 2009: Yemisi Adefunke Jeff-Agboola
Degree: Senior Technologist in the Department of Food Science and Technology
Home institute: Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
Topic of the Short Term Visit : Idenfication and use of low-cost agricultural waste products as carriers of atoxigenic strains of Aspergillus flavus for the biocontrol
product Aflasafe. Yemisi will be involved in research to develop inexpensive formulations of an aflatoxin biocontrol product using locally available waste discarded after processing various crops
Host lab: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria, involved in research to develop inexpensive formulations of an aflatoxin biocontrol product using locally
available waste discarded after processing various crops. IITA has developed a biocontrol product - Aflasafe - that is a mixture of four atoxigenic strains
and is currently applied in maize and groundnut fields on sorghum grain carrier. Sorghum is a food grain in Nigeria and there is a need to avoid its use in product formulation so as to make the
grain available in the human food chain.
Tutor: Ranajit Bandyopadhyay
: Slovak Republic
: Master of Science in Botany
: Institute of Botany, Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS). The goal of the scientific activity is to collect and broaden knowledge of natural riches
(species diversity), variability, ecological requirements and chorology of selected groups of non-vascular organismi of Carpathian-Pannonian region, preferably the best preserved areas of Slovakia
(national parks, biosphere reserves). Component part of department of non-vascular plants is Slovak Mycological Society established in 2000.
Topic of the Short Term Visit
: Toxigenic fungi on berries of Vitis vinifera
in Slovak vineyard.
- Center for Analytical Chemistry, Department IFA-Tulln, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Tulln,
: Dr. Michael Sulyok
Adejumo Oloyede Emmanuel
: Sapon, Abeokuta
: Ogun state, Nigeria
: MSc. Food Microbiology and Biotechnology
: Dept. of Food Sci. & Tech., University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (UNAAB)Ogun State, Nigeria. The establishment of the Universities of Agriculture was an entirely new concept for promoting agricultural education and services for agricultural development and attainment of self-sufficiency in food and fibre.
Topic of the Short Term Visit
: Aflatoxin M1 contamination of human milk in South West Nigeria and its reduction with Aframomum danielli (“Atare Aja”)
: IITA, Nigeria in cooperation with DSA - Portici (Na), ITaly
:Prof. Alberto Ritieni
and R anajit Bandyopadhyay
Chiotta Maria Laura
City: Rio Cuarto-Córdoba
Degree: 5 years Degree in Microbiology
Home institute: The National University of Río Cuarto is an Argentinean public law entity within the national system of higher education. At the Faculty of
Natural and Exact Sciences in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, section Mycology research is actively carrying out on pathogen and toxigenic fungi and mycotoxins on cereal grains
(wheat and maize), oily seeds (peanuts and sunflower) and grapes.
Topic of the Short Term Visit : Molecular characterization of Aspergillus strains isolated from vineyards
Host lab:Institute of Sciences of Food Production, CNR, Via Amendola 122/O, 70126 Bari, Italy.
Tutor: Dr Antonella Susca
Somorin Yinka Morakinyo
Country: Ogun state, Nigeria
Degree: Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Microbology
Home institute: The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB) has collaborative programmes with a number of institutions and establishments and research has attracted
support from several development partners and international agencies in the form of grants and academic support. There is an active research team studying mycotoxins in the university and current
works include: Binding capacity of aflatoxins in maize grains by lactic acid bacteria; Development of improved Palm Kernel Agar (PKA) for the detection of aflatoxigenic fungi; and Effect of
aflatoxins in feeds of Tilapia (Sanotherodon spp) and Catfish (Clarias gariepinus).
Topic of the Short Term Visit : Occurence of mycotoxins in Yam flour and their fate during the praparation of Yam flour paste "Amala"
Host lab: UCSC - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Piacenza - Italy
Tutor:Prof. Amedeo Pietri
Dr. in Biological Sciences in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
National University of Río Cuarto, Río Cuarto, Argentina.
Topic of the Short Term Visit :
Biocontrol agents in wheat stubble against Fusarium
spp. Detection and quantification of species by TaqMan-PCR. The objective of the work will be to evaluate and determine Fusarium graminearum, F. culmorum, F. poae
and F. avenaceum
on wheat stubble by the utilization of the biocontrol agent Clonostachys rosea
applied directly over wheat stubble.
Host lab: Plant Research International
, PRI, Wageningen UR, Droevendaalsesteeg 1, 6708 PB, Wageningen, Netherlands.
Dr. Jürgen Köhl
Chibundu N. EzekielCity
: Microbiology University of Ibadan
: University of Ibadan
Topic of the Short Term Visit
: He will conduct research to determine the profile of toxigenic fungi and mycotoxins in poultry feed formulations commercially available in
different parts of Nigeria. Mycotoxin contamination is a serious constraint in the feed manufacturing industry in Nigeria, where almost 50% maize harvests are used as animal feed. Chibundu will apply
basic and advanced cultural/morphological and molecular methods to characterize of toxigenic aspergilli, penicilli and fusaria from Nigerian poultry feed as well as the multi-toxin analysis of the
samples. This work will be done in collaboration with Dr. Antonio Logrieco, ISPA-CNR, Bari who is his co-promoter for the fellowship. Dr. Logrieco will identify Fusarium
species isolated from the feed samples. Dr. Rudi Krska’s lab in BOKU, Tulln, Austria will carry out multi-mycotoxin analysis of the feed samples using newly developed methodologies for
simultaneously analyzing several mycotoxins in the same samples. It is expected that Chibundu’s research will provide new knowledge about the mycotoxin risk in poultry feeds for the benefit the
poultry feed manufacturers in Nigeria.
: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria
: Ranajit Bandyopadhyay