EU-CHINA cooperation

MycoKey will contribute to enhance the cooperation with China, by developing linked activities alongside the project, by considering different problems to be solved in China, through the application of a tailored different approach. The Chinese consortium side will conduct research focusing on local and specific topics by following EU guidelines and applying the MycoKey approach.
Local hot aspects for both areas and common topics (e.g. fungal biodiversity, plant resistance, detection tools for both fungi and mycotoxins, climatic influence on mycotoxin contamination) have been considered in the project, to be approached through global solutions. The 11 Chinese partners are also being involved in developing the ICT tools by implementing local specificities.

Additional value through the cooperation with China:

  • Global Network on mycotoxins
  • Extended knowledge on biodiversity of toxigenic fungi and mycotoxin, risk
  • Validation of forecast and alarm system for AFLA of maize at widely, different geographical and environmental conditions
  • Sharing and optimization of standard protocols for on-site monitoring, of multi-toxin contamination in field and post-harvest
  • Contribution to development and validation of rapid and multi-mycotoxin kits
  • Exchange of genetic material useful for Fusarium tolerance in wheat
  • Developing of a concerted program for application of indigenous, atoxigenic strains of A. flavus in China and Europe for the reduction of AFLA, in maize
  • Common exploitation of specific biological anti-fungal approaches for dried fruits in pre-harvest
  • Common strategies for development of market-ready Biological Control Agents products against FHB and related mycotoxins on cereals
  • Integration of knowledge on the trichothecene-detoxifying bacterial strains, detoxifying enzymes and coding gene sequences

A sound and interactive communication strategy will play an important role in shaping agriculture and industry in China, by sharing advanced methodologies and practical solutions for growers, traders, food and feed manufactures and policy makers. Special efforts will be given to these activities, which will all together give significant signals in terms of intervention for an overall governance of the mycotoxin menace.