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The Fusarium mycotoxin AOD makes big vacuoles in the cells

April 2, 2020 Off

In this newly published paper we have investigated cellular effects of the Fusarium mycotoxin 2-Amino-14,16-dimethyloctadecan-3-ol (AOD). AOD were found to induce big transient vacuoles in the cells. The effect were observed at non-toxic concentrations and not linked to any cell death processes. A detailed study further revealed that the vacuolization is due to an accumulation…

By 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

GILLMODEL – New project on the development of an in vitro model to study environmental factors influencing gill epithelial function receives funding from the Research Council of Norway

January 2, 2019 Off

Gill disease in farmed Atlantic salmon is a significant problem. Poor gill health, often caused by infectious agents or bad water quality (or a combination of these) severely compromises animal welfare and growth. With the increasing focus on recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS) and more intensive production, new challenges related to the epithelial function of the…

By Silvio Uhlig

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