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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

City: Akure
: Nigeria
: 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 pelleting technologies.
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.
: Ranajit Bandyopadhyay

Mikušová Petra

City:  Bratislava
Country:  Slovak Republic
Degree: Master of Science in Botany
Home institute:  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.
Host labIFA-BOKU  - Center for Analytical Chemistry, Department IFA-Tulln, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Tulln, Austria
Tutor: Dr. Michael Sulyok

Adejumo Oloyede Emmanuel

City: Sapon, Abeokuta
Country: Ogun state, Nigeria
Degree: MSc. Food Microbiology and Biotechnology
Home institute:  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”)
Host lab: IITA, Nigeria in cooperation with DSA - Portici (Na), ITaly
Tutor:Prof. Alberto Ritieni and R anajit Bandyopadhyay

Chiotta Maria Laura

City: Rio Cuarto-Córdoba
Country: Argentina
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.
: Dr  Antonella Susca

Somorin Yinka Morakinyo

City: Ota
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


City: Rio Cuarto-Córdoba
Dr. in Biological Sciences in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Home institute:
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. Ezekiel

City:  Lagos
Country:  Nigeria
Degree: Microbiology University of Ibadan
Home institute: 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 and Penicillium 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.
Host lab:  International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria
Tutor: Ranajit Bandyopadhyay

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