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The MyToolbox EU–China Partnership—Progress and Future Directions in Mycotoxin Research and Management

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Department of Plant Pathology, Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center, 1712 Claflin Avenue, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
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Department of Agrobiotechnology (IFA-Tulln), Institute of Bioanalytics and Agro-Metabolomics, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Konrad-Lorenz-Str. 20, 3430 Tulln an der Donau, Austria
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Watermoleneiland 15, 7241 VS Lochem, The Netherlands
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FFoQSI—Austrian Competence Centre for Feed and Food Quality, Safety & Innovation, Head Office: FFoQSI GmbH, Technopark 1C, 3430 Tulln an der Donau, Austria
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Wageningen Food Safety Research, Akkermaalsbos 2, 6708 Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Faculty of Agriculture, University of Novi Sad, Dositeja Obradovica 8, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
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Romer Labs China Ltd., Jia Tai International Mansion, 41 East 4th Ring Middle Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100025, China
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Institute of Cereals and Oils Quality and Safety, Academy of National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration, 23 Yongwang Ave., Daxing District, Beijing 102600, China
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BARILLA S.p.A., Food Chemistry and Safety Research, Barilla Research Labs, Via Mantova 166, 43 122 Parma, Italy
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BIOMIN Research Center, BIOMIN Holding GmbH, Technopark 1, 3430 Tulln an der Donau, Austria
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Institute for Global Food Security, School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK
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Received: 15 October 2020 / Revised: 4 November 2020 / Accepted: 6 November 2020 / Published: 11 November 2020
Affordable and practical tools for farmers and food processors along the chain are required to efficiently reduce the risk of mycotoxin contamination of crops, feeds and foods. Developing new tools and enhancing existing ones was the mission of MyToolBox—a four-year EU-project that included important Chinese partners and joint research efforts. To identify future directions in mycotoxin research and management in China and their role in China–EU relations, a unique stakeholder workshop including group discussions was organized in Beijing. Six related topics: biocontrol, forecasting, sampling and analysis, silo management, detoxification, and the development of safe use options for contaminated materials were covered. The discussions clearly identified a critical need for smart, integrated strategies to address mycotoxin issues to attain safer food and feed, and to minimize losses and export rejections. Managing data on when, where and the size of mycotoxin contamination events and identifying the institution(s) to manage them are complex issues in China. Studies of microbes and novel, genetically-altered enzymes to limit pre-harvest contamination and to manage post-harvest product detoxification and alternate uses of contaminated materials are in the early stages in China. Further efforts are needed to increase the visibility of mycotoxin problems beyond the scientific and research communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: mycotoxins; forecasting models; silo management; detoxification; biocontrol; bioethanol mycotoxins; forecasting models; silo management; detoxification; biocontrol; bioethanol
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Leslie, J.; Poschmaier, B.; Egmond, H.v.; Malachová, A.; de Nijs, M.; Bagi, F.; Zhou, J.; Jin, Z.; Wang, S.; Suman, M.; Schatzmayr, G.; Krska, R. The MyToolbox EU–China Partnership—Progress and Future Directions in Mycotoxin Research and Management. Toxins 2020, 12, 712. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/toxins12110712

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Leslie J, Poschmaier B, Egmond Hv, Malachová A, de Nijs M, Bagi F, Zhou J, Jin Z, Wang S, Suman M, Schatzmayr G, Krska R. The MyToolbox EU–China Partnership—Progress and Future Directions in Mycotoxin Research and Management. Toxins. 2020; 12(11):712. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/toxins12110712

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