Producing estimated savings of £26 million in 2010, this important joint research project in reducing waste caused by the contamination of wheat by fusarium mycotoxins also resulted in the publication of a Code of Practice aimed at reducing mycotoxins, and improved grain management practice leading to reductions in the loads of wheat rejected for contamination levels exceeding EU-permitted limits. Led by Professor Simon Edwards, Professor of Plant Pathology at Harper Adams University, the five-year study also benefited from collaboration with the Food Standards Agency and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. By modelling the concentration of 10 significant trichothecene mycotoxins in over 300 samples, researchers were able to model mycotoxin concentrations against specific farming practices, such as varieties, cultivation methods and crop rotation, making this an extremely practical research project with very tangible impact on the agricultural and farming sector.


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