SYSTEMS TO REDUCE MYCOTOXINS CONTAMINATION OF CEREALS AND MEDICINAL PLANTS IN ORDER TO PRESERVATION NATIVE SPECIES AND TRADITIONAL PRODUCTS IN ROMANIA-SERBIA-CROATIA AREA

Acronym: CROSSMICOTOX
Project ID: ERA 139
Funding including national funding and EC funding:
Total costs: 148,320 SEE-ERA.NET PLUS funding: 131,308
Project duration: 01.10.2010 / 31.03.2012

Summary:
Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites produced by certain fungi in agricultural products susceptible to mold infestation. Their presence is inevitable and unpredictable and may pose a problem in food safety. Ochratoxins, trichothecenes, zearalenone, fumonisins are mycotoxins which are given special attention because of their effects on human body, but also agro-economic importance. Current trends of implementation of ecological agriculture in the absence of chemical treatments, favors the development of fungal contamination extending to the food chain. The contamination of vegetable products with mycotoxins has been a serious problem in Balkan communities. Several studies implicated mycotoxins, in endemic kidney disease geographically limited to Balkan region (Balkan endemic nephropathy). The project objectives are focused TO REDUCE MYCOTOXINS CONTAMINATION OF CEREALS AND MEDICINAL PLANTS IN ROMANIA-SERBIA-CROATIA AREA in frame of SEE-ERA.NET PLUS research areas, promoting of preservation of indigenous species and traditional food products in SEE/WBC area. The aim of this project is to develop systems and strategies post-harvest and during the technological processes to remove mycotoxins and prevent fungal development in cereals products and medicinal plants in the Balkan area. Contribution of the project to the development of the research field in question is to develop physical-chemical means to decontamination as: cleaning, washing, crushing, solvent extraction or use of sorbents in the form of natural non toxic compounds. Are also proposed strategies to reduce contamination over the entire processing flow of cereals and medicinal plants with their implementation in the processing units in the area of research for preservation of indigenous species and traditional food products in Western Balkan countries.

Partners involved:

Banat`s University of Agricultural Science
Faculty of Agro-Food Technology
119, Calea Aradului
300645 Timisoara, Romania
Prof. ERSILIA ALEXA ersilia_alexa@yahoo.com

Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Department for Plant Protection
Trg sv. Trojstva 3
31000 Osijek, Croatia
Prof. Jasenka COSIC jasenka.cosic@pfos.hr

UNIVERSITY OF NOVI SAD FACULTY OF SCIENCES
Department of Chemistry
Trg Dositeja Obradovica 3
21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
Prof. Biljana Abramovic biljana.abramovic@dh.uns.ac.rs