More than 50 scientists and stakeholders from 17 countries gathered for this workshop, which took place from June 18 to 19, 2019. The topic was “Prevention of mycotoxins in wheat, barley and maize”.
This was the third MycoKey Technological Workshop, hosted by Agroscope andorganised by Susanne Vogelgsang with the help of her research group “Ecological Plant Protection in Arable Crops”. Renowned scientists and stakeholdersregistered for the workshop.The names of the speakers were proof enough that the most important experts in the field from research and practice attended.
Mycotoxins from the fungal generaAspergillus, Fusariumand Penicillium pose a worldwide threat to human and animal health. As partner in the EU MycoKey Project, Agroscope is therefore in search of better ways to avoid mycotoxins in wheat, barley and maize. The conference provided the opportunity for attendees to benefit from the experience of other experts from science and practice, as well as for moreintensecollaborations.
The topics addressed were preventive agronomic measures (including crop rotation and undersown crops), biological control,breeding of less susceptible varieties, rapid and easy methods of analysis, remediation of infected grain lots, challenges facing the grain sector, and the prediction of mycotoxin contaminationin individual plots.
Apart from the talks, the programme included a guided tour at the Buhlers’ Innovation Campus in Uzwil, an excursion to Agroscope field trials and a panel discussion.