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1st CiguaPIRE project meeting in Europe

November 12, 2018 Off

CiguaPIRE researchers from the US, Canada, Norway, UK and Hong Kong recently met at a vineyard outside Nantes in France, in order to summarize the state-of-the-art in research on Ciguatera Fish Poisoning and planned the next months ahead. The Norwegian team is involved in ciguatoxin detection, identification, and biotransformation in relevant fish species. The Norwegian…

By Silvio Uhlig

MycoSafe-South kick-off

October 10, 2018 Off

This new initiative from the University of Ghent intends to harness the expertise and infrastructure available in Europe by strengthening the capacity of the Southern partners to tackle the mycotoxin problem and the associated food safety issues. The aim of the 3-year project is to identify and test safe and efficient mitigation strategies to reduce…

By Silvio Uhlig

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

Using boric acid gel for extraction of azaspiracids

June 26, 2018 Off

Azaspiracids (AZAs) are marine algal toxins that can cause food poisoning in humans. Azaspiracids belong to a family of more than 50 polyether toxins originating from marine dinoflagellates such as Azadinium spinosum. Figure 1: Structure of azaspiracid-1 Boric acid gel can bind selectively to compounds containing vic-diols or α-hydroxycarboxylic acids via formation of reversible boronate…

By Mike Kobernus