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BIOCONTROL-A SIGNED

Biocontrol of Aflatoxin Contamination Using Atoxigenic Strains from Almond and Pistachio Orchards

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Project "BIOCONTROL-A" data sheet

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Coordinator
UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA 

Organization address
address: AVENIDA DE MEDINA AZAHARA 5
city: CORDOBA
postcode: 14005
website: www.uco.es

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326773524_BIOCONTROL-A_PROJECT_SUMMARY_OUTGOING_PHASE
 Total cost 235˙674 €
 EC max contribution 235˙674 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2019-05-31

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA ES (CORDOBA) coordinator 235˙674.00
2    THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA US (OAKLAND CA) partner 0.00

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 Project objective

Aflatoxins (AF), the most toxic and carcinogenic compounds among the mycotoxins, are mainly produced by the fungi Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus. Because these fungi are common soil residents of almond and pistachio orchards, these nuts are one of the main sources of human exposure to AF. The consumption of almond and pistachio has increased in recent years in the European Union (EU) due to their positive effects on the consumers’ health. Spain has the largest area (587.000 ha) under almond cultivation after USA and its pistachio growing-area is exponentially expanding. Contaminated batches of Spanish nuts by AFs have been frequently detected. Application of atoxigenic strains of A. flavus has successfully reduced crop AF-contamination in the USA and Africa. This biological control strategy uses endemic atoxigenic A. flavus strains, considered best adapted, to displace the AF-producing fungi. Unfortunately, EU farmers do not have the benefit of this type of biological control technology since there are not registered atoxigenic strains in this area. The aim of current project is to: i) improve substrate and application methods of atoxigenic A. flavus; ii) select new biological control agents for their patent and future registration in EU and USA; and iii) construct mechanistic models of risk for AF-contamination. The expected results will have a positive impact improving food safety and the environment and securing economic benefits to EU farmers and agri-food industries. In addition, this project supports capacity building, provides the foundation to the fellow in pursuing his independent scientific career and strengthens collaboration with research groups from EU and USA, three small-medium enterprises (SEMs), and a spin-off company.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
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2019 Alejandro Ortega-Beltran, Juan Moral, Adeline Picot, Ryan D. Puckett, Peter J. Cotty, Themis J. Michailides
Atoxigenic Aspergillus flavus Isolates Endemic to Almond, Fig, and Pistachio Orchards in California with Potential to Reduce Aflatoxin Contamination in these Crops
published pages: 905-912, ISSN: 0191-2917, DOI: 10.1094/pdis-08-18-1333-re
Plant Disease 103/5 2019-10-15
2018 Boris X. Camiletti, Juan Moral, Claudia M. Asensio, Ada Karina Torrico, Enrique I. Lucini, María de la Paz Giménez-Pecci, Themis J. Michailides
Characterization of Argentinian Endemic Aspergillus flavus Isolates and Their Potential Use as Biocontrol Agents for Mycotoxins in Maize
published pages: 818-828, ISSN: 0031-949X, DOI: 10.1094/PHYTO-07-17-0255-R
Phytopathology 108/7 2019-09-02
2018 Mª T. GARCÍA-LÓPEZ, , R. JAIME, B. CAMILETTI Y A. ORTEGA-BELTRÁN, THEMIS MICHAILIDES, J. MORAL
Contaminación de aflatoxinas en frutos secos: un problema emergente
published pages: , ISSN: 1131-8988, DOI:
PHYTOMA 302 (OCTOBER) 2019-09-02

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