The MycoKey approach on mycotoxin monitoring aims at providing straightforward, fast, timely and cost-effective solutions for growers and other stakeholders inthe agro-food industry to reliably determine the amounts of mycotoxins.
The workshop organized within the 12th conference Rapid Methods Europe 2018, jointly with oral presentations given by MycoKey speakers, provided an overview of current developments in this field by EU and Chinese partners:
- multiplex strip test for easy and rapid simultaneous determination of Fusarium toxins (fumonisins, deoxynivalenol and zearalenone) in cereals;
- DNA aptamer based strip tests for simultaneous analysis of aflatoxin B1 and fumonisin B1 in maize making use of quantum dots as highly sensitive labels;
- fluorescence polarization immunoassay for the quantitativesimultaneous determination of DON, 3-acetyl-DON, 15-acetyl-DON and DON-3-glucoside in wheat;
- fluorescence polarization immunoassay for the quantitative simultaneous determination ofT-2, HT-2, T2-glucoside and HT2-glucoside in wheat;
- new biosensor platform for the detection of AFB1 based on real-time electrochemical profiling (REP);
- early mycotoxin detection methods based on dust sampling and analysis.
In addition, during the workshop there was the possibility to give a contribution to the MycoKey survey aimed at collecting and sharing current knowledge and experience on rapid methods for mycotoxin screening. To further promote interactive discussions between scientists from public and private research involved in rapid method development the Mycokey project established an alliance with a private company working on development of innovative methods for rapid (multi)mycotoxin detection.