ISM & Mycored

Beneficiaries

ISPA CNR Institute of Sciences of Food Production


The National Research Council (CNR) is the Italian major Public Research Body with the aim to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country. The Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA) belongs to the CNR network and is aimed at develop and implement research projects to improve the quality and safety of agro-food production, using innovative technologies with minimal environmental impact. The ISPA strategy is in compliance with all national and European research policy and is carried out through a multidisciplinary approach based on different and integrated competencies (chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, biotechnology, veterinary science, agronomy, biology and plant pathology). ISPA has a long tradition and renowned expertise in the mycotoxin and toxigenic fungi field.

Project Team:
Antonio Logrieco (Coordinator), Angelo Visconti (WP8 leader), Michele Solfrizzo (WP5 sub- leader), Antonio Moretti (WP6 sub- leader), Nunzia Cito (Project Manager), Mariella Quarto (Financial Manager), Giuseppina Avantaggiato, Annalisa De Girolamo, Antonia Gallo, Miriam Haidukowsky, Veronica Lattanzio, Fiorenza Minervini, Giuseppina Mulè, Michelangelo Pascale, Giancarlo Perrone,Antonia Susca.

Contacts:
Dr. Antonio F. Logrieco
Viale Amendola 122/O - 70125 Bari, Italy
ph. +39.080.5929357 - fax. +39.080.5929374 - mob. +39.349.2704109

link : http://www.ispa.cnr.it/
email : antonio.logrieco@ispa.cnr.it

RIKILT Institute of Food Safety


Information about RIKILT will be provided as soon as possible


Contacts:
Ir. H.P. van Egmond
RIKILT - Institute of Food Safety
The Netherlands
phone: + 31 317 - 480 379/480 056
fax: + 31 317-417 717


link : http://www.rikilt.nl
email : hans.vanegmond@wur.nl


IFA BOKU

The aims and activities of the Center for Analytical Chemistry (CAC) with its 40 staff  are manifold: They range from the development and validation of modern analytical methods in environmental, food and feed analysis by rapid immunassays and mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to the establishment of metabolomics platforms to study e.g. the interaction between plants and fungi. The preparation and certification of reference materials and the coordination of ring trials and proficiency testing schemes for chemical contamintants is another important area of expertise established at the CAC. The successful research at the CAC has been appreciated with the granting of several highly recognised national and international awards and over 2000 citations.



link : https://www.ifa-tulln.boku.ac.at/
email : rudolf.krska@boku.ac.at


UCSC Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) is the largest Italian free academic Institution, counting 5 seats, 12 faculties and more than 40 thousand students. The Faculty of Agriculture has his seat in Piacenza, in Northern Italy. It is organised in 14 Institutes and counts 81 Researchers on the permanent staff; it has a strong vocation on agricultural and food research.
3 Institutes are involved in the project: Entomology and Plant Pathology (IEPP), Agronomy and Crops Management (IACE) and Food Science and Nutrition (ISAN).The aim of IEPP is to study pathogens and their relation with the host, forecasting their behaviour as a support for preventive actions and has been working on mycotoxin producing fungi for many years. The aim of IACE is to study agronomy, breeding, and plant physiology of crop plants, with particular experience in maize molecular biology. The laboratory has also many years of experience with molecular markers and QTL analysis. The aim of ISAN is the study of foods for human and animal consumption. The laboratory has many years of experience in mycotoxin analysis. The 3 Institutes have a strict collaboration in several researches mainly related to mycotoxins in food and feed with main focus on grapes, maize and wheat.

Project Team:
Paola Battilani, Adriano Marocco, Amedeo Pietri, Vittorio Rossi

CONTACT
Prof. Paola Battilani
Via Emilia Parmense 84 - 29100 Piacenza, Italy
ph. +39.0523.599254 - fax. +39.0523.599256 - mob. +39.335.6096690

link : http://www.unicatt.it
email : paola.battilani@unicatt.it

INRA Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique


Ranked the number one agricultural institute in Europe and number two in the world, INRA (InstitutNational de la Recherche Agronomique) carries out mission-oriented research for better food and nutrition,preservation of the environment and competitive, sustainable agricultural practices (http://www.international.inra.fr ).
The INRA laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology   is located in Toulouse and belongs to the recently created Toxicology research center (30 permanent scientists). This research center aims at improving the food quality for a better health of animals and humans. Research at the INRA laboratory of Pharmacology-Toxicology involves both general pharmacology and food safety (especially drug and xenobiotics residues). The laboratory has more than 25 years experiences in the mycotoxin field and the different members of the staff have an established international reputation in mycotoxicology and immunology.

Project Team:
Isabelle Oswald, Olivier Puel, Christiane Borin, Laurence Guzylack-Piriou, Philippe Pinton.
 
CONTACTS
Dr. Isabelle P. Oswald
INRA UR66, 180 chemin de Tournefeuille, BP93173
31027 Toulouse cedex 03, France
ph. +33.561.28.54.80 - fax. +33.561.28.53.10

link : http://www.inra.fr/
email : Isabelle.Oswald@toulouse.inra.fr


DTU Danmarks Tekniske Universitet


The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is the largest technical university in Denmark and is conducting a large part of the public technical research in Denmark.  Recently the public research organizations working with technology as well as food research was merged with DTU. DTU has 6500 students, 800 PhD students and 4000 employees.

Center for Microbial Biotechnology (CMB) is a part of Department of Systems Biology working on microbial biotechnology and biodiversity. CMB has 80 employees and about 20 are working on biodiversity and chemical diversity of micro-fungi.  The primary aim of CMB is the development of fungal cell factories, and at the same time secure that these fungi are safe, with a special focus on mycotoxins. CMB has worked on chemotaxonomy, microbial chemical profiling and mycotoxin production potential. We are focusing on the genera  Aspergillus, Paecilomyces, Penicillium, Fusarium, Trichoderma and Alternaria.

Project Team:
Jens C. Frisvad, Kristian Fog Nielsen, Birgitte Andersen, Ulf Thrane, Jesper M. Mogensen, og Thomas O. Larsen.

CONTACTS
Dr. Jens C. Frisvad
Building 221, Søltofts Plads, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
ph. +4545252626 - fax. +4545884922

link : http://www.dtu.dk
email : jcf@bio.dtu.dk

MRI Max Rubner Institut Bundesforschungsinstitut Fur Ernahrung Und Lebensmittel


The Max Rubner Institute (MRI) is a German governmental research organisation which belong to the Federal Ministry of Food Agriculture and Consumer Protection. The aim of the MRI is the provision of independent research on different aspects of consumer protection with aiming on nutrition and food. Important research topic are nutrition relevant food components, sustainable food production processes and the quality and safety of foods.
The Institute of Safety and Quality of Fruits and Vegetables deals with all aspects of product relevant aspects of quality and safety. The institute covers food analytics, post harvest physiology, microbiology, development of novel methods for quality assessment and molecular food mycology. The Molecular Food Mycology Research Group focuses on the interphase between fungus, food product and mycotoxin production. The aim of the research is to find new measures to control mycotoxin biosynthesis based on molecular data.

Project Team:
Rolf Geisen, Markus Schmidt-Heydt, Julia Batzler, Nicole Mischke, Michaela Ebli
 
CONTACTS
Prof. Dr. Rolf Geisen
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 9 / D-76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
ph. +49 721 6625 450 – fax +49 721 6625 453

link : http://www.mri.bund.de
email : rolf.geisen@mri.bund.de

PRI Plant Research International


Plant Research International specialises in strategic and applied research. Thanks to the combination of knowledge and experience in genetics and reproduction, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics, crop protection, crop ecology and agrosystems, we offer a unique range of perspectives for government and industry. We serve the entire agro-production chain with scientific products, from the DNA level to production system concepts. Plant Research International regularly has articles in the leading scientific journals and has a superb infrastructure.
The research of the business unit Biointeractions and Plant Health focuses on the analysis and exploitation of plant-pathogen interactions, symbiotic and other microbiological interactions.  We develop new strategies and technologies for integrated crop protection, plant health management and ensuring food safety.

Project Team:
Cees Waalwijk, Jürgen Köhl (WP2 leader), Theo van de Lee, Lia de Haas, Pieter Kastelein, Marjon Krijger, Ineke de Vries 

Contacts:
Jürgen Köhl
Droevendaalsesteeg 1 - 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
ph. +31.317.480594 – fax. +31.317.418094 - mob. +31.317.480594


link : http://www.pri.wur.nl/UK/
email : jurgen.kohl@wur.nl


CU Cranfield University


Cranfield University is a wholly post-graduate University specialising in Masters and PhD research training and carrying out applied and strategic research relevant to industry. Cranfield has a mission to transform knowledge into ingenious solutions in science, technology and management. In Cranfield Health, we have an international reputation for our expertise in addressing pre- and postharvest food chain quality issues and traceability, to ensure the safety of fresh and processed foods for consumers.
In the Applied Mycology Group we carry out international research in fungal spoilage relevant to the food chain including ecophysiology of spoilage and mycotoxigenic moulds and impacts on nutritional value, added value food fermentations, fungal biocontrol and volatile fingerprinting as a forensic tools for monitoring CCPS as part of HACCP strategies. Our research in sensing and diagnostics extends into toxin and contaminant detection, with the aim of removing affected products from the food chain minimising consumer exposure.

Project Team:
Prof. Naresh Magan, Dr. David Aldred, Mrs. Esther Baxter, Ms. Kalliopi Mylona
 
CONTACTS
Prof. Naresh Magan
Vincent Building, Cranfield Health, Cranfield University, MK43 0Al, U.K.
Tel: 01234-758308 - Fax: 01234-758380 - mob. +44.7774.903168

link : http://www.cranfield.ac.uk
email : n.magan@cranfield.ac.uk

CRC Cereal Research Non-Profit Company

Information about CRC will be provided as soon as possible

link : http://www.en.gabonakutato.hu
email : akos.mesterhazy@gk-szeged.hu


TUBITAK MAM Marmara Research Center


TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Centre Food Institute: The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) is the leading agency for management, funding and conduct of research in Turkey.  TÜBİTAK is responsible for promoting, developing, organizing, conducting and coordinating research and development in line with national targets and priorities. R&D activities of TUBITAK have been performed through its different centers and institutes. Marmara Research Center (MAM) is the largest research unit of TUBİTAK and includes 7 different institutes. Food Institute (FI) is one of the oldest and most renowned institutes of TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Centre.  FI conducts scientific and technological studies in accordance with the national priorities; technological development and strengthening the competitiveness of food industry; assisting safe and quality food production and solving nutrition related problems in the society since 1972. Food Institute laboratories have been accredited according to  EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard since 2002 for currently 132 determinations including mycotoxins.  
Food Institute has in-depth expertise and experience in conducting R&D projects. Along with strategic projects that produce scientific and technological knowledge and expertise, industrial applied  R&D project studies are carried out according to national and international priorities. Quality control analyses, consultancy services and training programmes are also provided.
Currently, Food Institute performs its activities by 3 Strategic Business Units namely: Food Science and Technologies, Nutrition and Functional Foods and Food Microbiology and Biotechnology. Since 1979, toxigenic moulds and mycotoxins have been subjected to various studies and projects of FI both national and international levels.   

Project Team:
Hayrettin Özer, Ferda Seyhan, Ceyda Pembeci, Hülya Ölmez, H.Imge Oktay BASEGMEZ (researchers); Arif Selçuk, Ömer Özsoy,  Basri Çırak, Serdar Yücel, Arzu Tanlası (research technicians). Güner Özay left the group in 2011.

CONTACTS
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Guner Ozay

TUBITAK MRC Food Institute
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1 P.K. 21
41470 Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey
T +90 262 677 2000 - 3213
F +90 262 641 2309


link : http://www.mam.gov.tr
email : hayrettin.ozer@tubitak.gov.tr

INBI A.N. Bakh Institute of Biochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences


The Institute of Biochemistry the first biochemical institute of the Russian Academy of Science, was founded in 1935. Activities of the Institute combine studies of molecular processes in living organisms and practical applications of fundamental biochemical concepts. Priority lines of INBI research include ecologically safe biotechnologies, enzymology of biotransformation, structure and action of novel practically important enzymes, mechanisms of adaptation to stress and factors of environmental risks, molecular regulation of plant growth, analytical techniques for agricultural, industrial and medical practice. The Institute comprises 23 laboratories and research groups. 250 employees in total, 180 people are engaged in R&D, among them 110 PhDs. Five specialized educational and research centers have been launched in cooperation with the universities and colleges.
INBI has a big experience in the development and implementation to practice of novel diagnostic tools for analysis of toxic and pathogenic compounds for environmental monitoring, food/feed quality control and medical applications.

Project Team:
Boris Dzantiev, Anatoly Zherdev, Mikhail Omelchenko, Ksenia Popova, Anastasiya Razumovskaya, Alexandr Urusov.

CONTACTS
Prof. Boris B. Dzantiev
Leninsky prospekt 33, 119071 Moscow, Russia
ph. +7.495.9543142 - fax. +7.495.9542804

link : http://www.inbi.ras.ru/index-e.html
email : dzantiev@inbi.ras.ru


NRC National Research Center


National Research Centre, (NRC), Egypt, which set up in 1956, it is content 14 divisions and content different fields in chemicals and biological sciences. Food Toxicology and Contaminants Dept  and Mycotoxins and Food Safety Central Lab "MFSCL" belongs to the  NRC which considers the first lab in Egypt that deals with the food toxins and/or contaminants and is considered as well as the reference lab for all the governmental and private sectors. This lab extended the knowledge to the staff in Universities and Research Centers and other concerned National and International Agencies in Egypt and Afro-Asian countries through the National and/or International training courses and workshops continuously held in Egypt covering the following areas: Mycotoxins, Phycotoxins and other food contaminants as Pesticides, Heavy metals and amines.
 
Project Team:
Hassan Amra, Mahmooud Abou Donia, Sayed Zedan, Eman Hegazy, Mohamed Ibrahem, Mawad  Mohamed, Amal Hathot, Mohamed Dabes, Basem Sabry, Ahmed Noh and Hoda Mousa

CONTACTS
Dr. Hassan  Ahmed Amra
Food Toxicology and Contaminants Department,
National Research Center, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt. Post   12622
Ph.  +2233371499 - Mob .    +20101157964 - Fax .     + 20233370931

link : http://www.nrc.sci.eg
email : amraha7@yahoo.com


IITA International Institute of Tropical Agriculture


Africa has complex problems that plague agriculture and people’s lives. We develop agricultural solutions with our partners to tackle hunger and poverty. Our award-winning research for development (R4D) is based on focused, authoritative thinking anchored on the development needs of sub-Saharan Africa. We work with partners in Africa and beyond to reduce producer and consumer risks, enhance crop quality and productivity, and generate wealth from agriculture. IITA has been conducting multi-disciplinary research on mycotoxins for the past 20 years in collaboration with partners in Africa, US, and Europe. Knowledge and technologies developed from this research for mitigating mycotoxins continue to have positive developmental outcomes in Africa. IITA is an international non-profit R4D organization established in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported primarily by the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR).

link : http://www.iita.org/
email : R.Bandyopadhyay@CGIAR.ORG

CIMMYT Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz Y Trigo Int


Information about CIMMYT will be provided as soon as possible
link : http://www.cimmyt.org/
email : E.Duveiller@cgiar.org


UNRC Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto


The National University of Río Cuarto is an Argentinean public law entity within the national system of higher education whose aims are to provide instruction, carry out research, and technical qualification, to produce goods, provide social services, and promote national culture within a framework of ethic values. The University is located in the center of the country, an area with a vast influence of agriculture and cattle breeding activities.
 The University is linked to governmental and private institutions, enterprises and social entities from the Río Cuarto City and the Nation by means of 300 cooperation and mutual agreements. It is organized into Faculties which are responsible for the organization, administration and realization of educational activities for 20.000 undergraduate students. There are five Faculties: Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, Economics, Natural and Exact Sciences Physics and Chemistry, Humanities and Engineering. All of them are set on the University Campus. There are also special graduate studies at level of Master and PhD degrees organized by the different Faculties and the Graduate School, with 700 graduate students.
At the Faculty of Natural and Exact Sciences Physics and Chemistry in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology research is actively carried out on pathogen and toxigenic fungi and mycotoxins on cereal grains (wheat and maize) and oily seeds (peanuts, sunflower and soybean) and grapes. The main activities are devoted to reduce the impact of Fusarium and Aspergillus contamination and mycotoxins through an integrated management.
The  research group has maintained collaboration, and continues at present   with several  research Institutions from Argentina, Europe: such as ISPA (Italy), Cranfield University (UK), Kansas State University (USA), and Latin America,  Guadalajara  University  (Mexico),   Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro,  Santa Maria Federal University (Brazil) and University of Republic (Uruguay).
The group is also involved in teaching activities in the area of mycotoxicology through courses for graduate students from Argentina and other Latin American countries on Food Mycology and mycotoxins and on Fusarium. Also extension activities are carried out devoted to farmers, industry, private and official control laboratories.

Project Team:
Sofía N. Chulze, Adriana M.  Torres,  German  G. Barros, Carlos Castillo, María L. Chiotta, Mariana Combina, Gabriel Esposito, María C. Farnochi,  María del Pilar Ortiz , Juan Palazzini, María Lorena Ponsone,  María L. Ramirez, María M. Reynoso.

CONTACTS
Dr Sofía N. Chulze
Rutas 8  Km 601 (5800) Rio Cuarto-Córdoba, Argentina
Phone  + 54-358-4676429- FAX + 54-3584676231 - Mob. 54-358154381391

link : http://www.unrc.edu.ar/

UDL Universidad de Lleida


The University of Lleida (UdL) is a public institution with an approximate number of 9,650 students and 750 teachers. The UdL is made up of seven faculties and schools including the Higher Technical School of Agrarian Engineering (ETSEA).
The UdL is a member of the Agency for Quality in the Catalan university system, which independently conducts periodical evaluations of university degrees and services. On the other hand, the UdL has been positively assessed within the framework of the European Universities Assessment Programme launched by the European Universities Assembly (EUA).
The Food Technology Department (FTD) is aimed at develop and implement research projects to improve the quality and safety of agro-food production. Research groups are devoted to specific research lines such as antioxidants, nutrition and health, new technologies of processing of vegetable products, quality and safety of postharvest fruit and food mycology. Regarding food mycology, the FTD has a long tradition and renowned expertise in the mycotoxin and toxigenic fungi field.

Project Team:
Vicente Sanchis, Antonio J. Ramos, Sonia Marín.
 
CONTACTS
Dr. Vicente Sanchis
Rovira Roure 191 - 25198 Lleida, Spain
ph. +34.973.702535 - fax. +34.973.702596

ROMER Labs Diagnostic Gmbh


ROMER Labs® is a leading diagnostic company that provides solutions for the detection of undesirable food and feed contaminants. ROMER Labs® is an Austrian company with facilities in Austria, Singapore, US, Brazil and China and is represented in more than 60 countries worldwide.
Our mission is to provide integral solutions for food safety testing and to help customers to maintain highest quality control standards in their operations. We maintain close relations with academia and we serve renowned companies from the food and feed industry as well as private and public laboratories.

Project Team:
Alexandra Molinelli, Johann Binder.
 
CONTACTS
Dr. Johann Binder - e-mail: hannes.binder@romerlabs.com
Dr. Alexandra Molinelli - e-mail: alexandra.molinelli@romerlabs.com
Technopark 1 – 3430 Tulln, Austria
ph. +43.2272.6153310 - fax. +43.2272.61533111
link : http://www.romerlabs.com/
email : hannes.binder@romerlabs.com

BF Bio-Ferm


Bio-ferm, Biotechnologische Entwicklung Und Produktion Gmbh, was founded in late  2004 as a start-up company of the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna. Bio-ferm deals with the development, registration and distributions of biological plant protection products on a microbial basis. Active substance of the already registered BCAs are yeast like fungi, strains of the species Aureobasuidium pullulans. The eco-friendly high-tech products where employed successfully against various fungal and bacterial diseases especially in fruit and grape wine growing (“Botector” against grey mold on grapes, “Blossom Proetct” against fire blight and “Boni Protect” against storage diseases on pome fruits). Bio-ferm is now working on several international markets within and beside EU. In product development the company tries to remain true to its principal: “Plant protection by natural means”.

Project Team:
Dominik Wieder, Christina Donat

CONTACTS
Dr. Christina Donat
Konrad Lorenz Str. 20
A-3430 Tulln

link : http://www.bio-ferm.com
email : christina.donat@bio-ferm.com

MAT Matrix Spa


Matrix SPA is a company managed by a group of young entrepreneurs  who moved their first steps in a fast evolving  scenery  of italian and global electronic production. An experience of 15 years confers to Matrix a deep knowledge of problematics inherent to modern electronics. Activities related to Matrix is designing, production and testing of electronic boards (Electronic Manufacturing Services) , with equipment updated to the RoHS directive.
In particular, the typical dynamism of Matrix has brought in the last five years the creation of new activity sectors: Sensors Networks, Bio-Telemetry, ICT (Domotics, videosorveillance, wireless lan and electrosmog), Photovoltaic Technology, WEEE. In several fields Matrix has strong know-how and strong intellectual properties rights, protected by international patents (PCT).
Matrix skills in research and development are compliant to MUR (Ministry of University and Research) authorization  as Research Laboratory, production compliance by Ministry of Transports, enrolement in European Space Agency supplier data-base. Matrix and the industrial spin-off born from Matrix in the last 3 years, forming a strong “Enterprise Network”, supported by a technical department composed of more than 35 researcher and designer, have been leader in the recent Regional constitution of the productive and technological districts, being directly involved in at least the following (mostly already approved): Technological National Energetic District “Ditne”, Regional Productive District ”Substainable Constructions”, Regional Energetic Productive District “The New Energy”, Regional Productive District ”Sea Activities”,Regional Productive District Of Mechanics.

Project Team:
D'Alessandro Leonardo, Luigi Di Taranto, Antonio Sacchetti, Silviopellico Gelao,  Marilena Nardelli, Simone Vitucci, Francesco Barletta, Annamaria Sebastiano.
 
CONTACTS
Eng. D'Alessandro Leonardo, Via Positano 23, 70014 Conversano (BA) - Italy
ph. +39.080.4958223 - fax. +39.080.4952302

link : http://www.matrixelettronica.it/

INC International Nut and Dried Fruit Council Foundation


The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council Foundation (INC), is the global source of information on nuts and dried fruits for Health, Nutrition, Statistics, Food Safety, Government Standards and Government Regulations Regarding Trade Barriers and Trade Quality Standards.
The INC involves over 500 companies form nearly 50 countries, among major growers, processors and packers of almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts, peanuts, dates, dried apricots, dried figs, prunes, raisins, sultanas and currants.  The main activities of the Foundation are: preparing, sponsoring, financing and promoting nutritional and scientific studies and the subsequent diffusion by means of publications and/or holding international congresses. With over 27 years of experience in the nut and dried fruit industry, the INC organizes the annual World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress which has an average participation of 700 attendees from nearly 50 countries.
The INC gathers the most prestigious scientists and industry experts in the Scientific & Government Affairs Committee, which deals with issues regarding science and research (mycotoxins, aflatoxins, ochratoxins, and acrylamide) and monitors governmental bodies and activities affecting the nut and dried fruit industry (EU, WHO, UNECE, CODEX, USDA, et al.).
The Cracker magazine is the official voice of the INC. It is published three times a year with a circulation of some 2,500 copies. The magazine provides a global network of information on trade issues, government regulations, promotional ideas for increasing consumption, breaking news and production and trade statistics. The INC also releases a monthly e-Newsletter and brochures about the health benefits of nuts and dried fruit consumption. The INC Database provides information on scientific research, regulatory and scientific issues, and worldwide statistics on production, trade and consumption of nuts and dried fruit. Currently, the online Database contains more than 420 scientific references, 250 legislative documents, and over 15,000 statistical data.

Project Team:
Mr. Pino Calcagni, Chairman of the INC Scientific and Government Affairs Committee, Ms. Goretti Guasch, INC Executive Director, and Ms. Irene Gironès, Statistics and Database Coordinator.

CONTACT
Ms. Goretti Guasch
Calle Boule, 2, planta 3 – 43201 Reus, Spain
Ph. +34.977.331416 – Fax +34.977.315028

link : http://www.nutfruit.org
email : goretti.guasch@nutfruit.org

FEFANA Federation Europeenne Des Fabricants D'additifs Pour La Nutrition Animale


FEFANA is the EU Feed Additives and Premixtures Association. It was established on October 13th, 2004 and is the new juridical form of the feed additives producers association that was founded in 1963. With more than 100 Members from 28 countries, the association is the interface between the feed additives industry and the European Union authorities, including Member States authorities, in order to promote, safeguard and defend common and general interests of the industry (in several topics like guidelines, register, labelling and definitions, analysis, feed hygiene and food chain safety or non-feed use of additives). FEFANA’s chairperson is Dr. Hadden Graham of AB Agri.

FEFANA has a long tradition and very professional expertise in the mycotoxin field. A FEFANA Task Force “Mycotoxin Inactivators” has worked on a report on mycotoxin inactivators as a new functional group in the category of technological feed additives, closing the regulatory and quality assurance gaps. As a matter of fact, FEFANA has recently welcomed the opening of the new functional group under the EU Feed Additives legislation: feed additives for the reduction of the contamination of feed by mycotoxins. FEFANA has worked for a number of months on this development and is deeply satisfied by this decision.

FEFANA - Task Force “Mycotoxin Inactivators”:
Olga Averkieva, Nathalie Ballet, Mathieu Baulez, Gérard Bertin, Gudrun Böck, Nathalie Boulho, Hervé Demais, Ludovic De Meeus, Henri Durand, Josep Garcia Sirera, Nathalie Gulmann, Juan Ignacio Fernandez, Ursula Hofstetter, Didier Jans, Maria Rodriguez Angeles, Silvia Salado Font, Dian Schatzmayr, Stefaan Van Dyck.
 
CONTACTS
FEFANA - EU Feed Additives and Premixtures Association
Secretary General: Didier Jans
120 Avenue Louise, Box13 - 1050 Brussels, Belgium
ph. +32.2.639.66.60 - fax. +32.2.640.41.11

link : http://www.fefana.org
email : dja@fefana.org

SAMRC South African Medical Research Council


The South African Medical Research Council (MRC) has the mission to improve the nation’s health and quality of life through promoting and conducting relevant and responsive health research.
The PROMEC Unit (http://www.mrc.ac.za/promec/contents.htm ) is a multidisciplinary research team that has made major contributions in the field of mycotoxins and human health over the past 31 years. From the initial aim to identify causative factors possibly involved in the high prevalence of liver cancer in certain population groups in Southern Africa, the emphasis has shifted to studies on the major toxigenic fungi and their mycotoxins associated with maize which forms the staple diet of millions of South Africans. Hence, the main thrust is to address health issues related to food safety, nutrition and cancer. The PROMEC Unit consists of a multidisciplinary research team with internationally acknowledged expertise in Microbiology, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Experimental Carcinogenesis.

Project Team:
Gordon Shephard, Wentzel Gelderblom, Hester Vismer, David Katerere, Stefan Abel, Hester Burger, John Rheeder, Sylvia Riedel, Liana van der Westhuizen
 
CONTACTS
Dr. Gordon S. Shephard
PO Box 19070, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa
ph. +27.21.938.0279 - fax. +27.21.938.0260

link : http://www.mrc.ac.za
email : gordon.shephard@mrc.ac.za

UNIROMA1 Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza


The Department of Plant Biology of Rome(DPB) University Sapienza is part of the Faculty of Science Mathematic , Physics and Natural Science(FSMPN) . The FSMPN is organised in ten Departments with more than 600 Researchers on the permanent staff. The DPB counts 44 Researchers in the permanent staff and many PhD, MS, BD students and has a strong vocation on plant ecology, plant physiology, agricultural and food research.
In the present project the laboratory of Plant Pathology is the focal point for his large experience in many international and  EC projects since 1983 concerning the factors related to different mycotoxin biosynthesis and the development of novel  strategies for the controlling and detecting different mycotoxins.

Project Team:
Corrado Fanelli, Anna Adele Fabbri, Massimo Reverberi, Marta Punelli, Marzia Scarpari, Alessandra Ricelli,  Slaven Zjalic.

CONTACTS
Prof. Corrado Fanelli
Largo Cristina di Svezia 24, 00165 Roma, Italy
ph.: +39 0649917137 ; fax : +39 0649917136 - mob. +39 338 9304288

link : http://www.uniroma1.it
email : corrado.fanelli@uniroma1.it

DSA Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II


Information about DSA will be provided as soon as possible
link : http://www.unina.it
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