Author: Ingunn Samdal

Safer bread for children

January 3, 2020 Off

MycoSafeBread will develop Norwegian bread products tailor-made for young children; with an absolute minimum of the mycotoxin DON, while at the same time fulfilling state health recommendations with regard to whole grains and dietary fiber. Toddlers eat on average much more bread than adults per body weight, and the Scientific Committee on Food and Environment…

By Ingunn Samdal

«Fifty shades of cyanobacterial green»

October 31, 2019 Off

Our PhD student Vittoria Mallia recently participated to the Horizon 2020 MSCA-ITN cluster event “Clean Water” organized by the Research Executive Agency (REA) of the European Commission in collaboration with the Fundacio Institut Català de Recerca de l’Aigua (ICRA). The event took place in Girona (Spain), on the 22nd of October 2019. Representatives from 12…

By Ingunn Samdal

A Practical ELISA for Azaspiracids in Shellfish and Algae

February 21, 2019 Off

Azaspiracids (AZAs) are a group of natural algal toxins that appear periodically in shellfish. These toxins can cause food poisoning in humans and the first known poisoning episode happened in The Netherlands in 1995. The Irish shellfish consumed gave symptoms like stomach cramps, vomiting, severe diarrhea, and general nausea. Current methods for quantifying the regulated…

By Ingunn Samdal

Deoxynivalenol – nervous effects reconnaissance

August 1, 2018 Off

Data on neurotoxicological effects of the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON), also called vomitoxin, are limited. Orally exposed laboratory (mice, rats) and domestic animals (pig, chicken) show behavioural changes such as feed refusal, increased locomotor activity and aggressive behaviour, and DON plasma concentrations at ppm-level result in vomiting in pigs and humans. Preliminary observations suggest that DON…

By Ingunn Samdal