MyToolbox decisions support for mycotoxin prevention and control along the chain – Presented by Ine Van der Fels-Klerx, Wageningen Food Safety Research

Ine Van der Fels-Klerx, Wageningen Food Safety Research, will speak at Smart farming Conference, on June 27, during AgriFood Innovation Event in Venlo, The Netherlands.

The occurrence of mycotoxins in various crops, mainly grain, fruits and nuts, produced in Europe is of major concern since it has large implications for food and feed safety, food security and international trade. Over the past three decades, a wide variety of knowledge has been gathered on prevention and control of mycotoxins, at the various stages of the feed and food production chain. This knowledge is, however, not easily retrievable and available for the intended end-users at the private level (feed and food companies) and the public level (governmental agencies).

A user-friendly and interactive web-based platform was developed as part of the H2020 project “MyToolbox”, which brings together all available information on prevention and control of mycotoxins, ready to use by the end-user. This platform focuses on the most important mycotoxins in small grain cereals and maize, dried figs and nuts.

The platform has three main components, including: the pre-harvest forecasting system for mycotoxin contamination in the field; the post-harvest forecast systems for mycotoxin presence in silos; and the static guidelines for prevention and control over the entire chain.

The forecasting module includes several mathematical models that are combined by using a model ensemble approach, which makes early predictions of mycotoxins occurrence at harvest possible for entire Europe. It uses weather data and agronomic information as inputs and provides either specific field predictions or European wide maps with predicted toxin risks as outputs.

The post-harvest module makes use of CO2, T and RH sensors in the silos, and fungal growth models to predict conditions suitable for toxin production in the silo. The static guidelines cover the various stages of the supply chain: prevention and control prior to harvest, during storage and transports, during processing for feed production, during processing for food production, and legal issues.

The MyToolbox platform will serve the needs of the various actors along the feed and food chain, including farmers, processors, feed suppliers or manufacturers from the food and feed industry, as well as governmental bodies. The system will be launched mid-2019, and will be demonstrated during the conference.


What drives you?

Use of modelling and data to improve safety in the agrofood chain

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?

During my presentation, I will present and demonstrate the E-platform for decision support of mycotoxin pevention and control along the chain. In particular, I will demonstrate the forecasting system for mycotoxins in the field. Farmers can use forecast in their management, e.g. to apply fungicides more dedicated. This will save costs and contribute to sustainability

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?

The use of big data and modelling (incl machine learning) in the agrifood sector

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?

Save of costs, and to contribute to sustainability

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?

Sharing of data, and ownership of data

“Special Quote”

Big data and modelling for a cost-efficient and sustainable agrifood sector

About Wageningen Food Safety Research

Wageningen Food Safety Research is an organisation with a unique combination of high-quality analyses, research and reference tasks. In this way the institute delivers an important contribution to safe and trustworthy food and feed. Wageningen Food Safety Research primarily works for government authorities and is specifically commissioned by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority.

About AgriFood Innovation Event
On June 26-27, 2019, the 3rd edition of the global AgriFood Innovation Event will take place in Venlo, The Netherlands.

The event will include a two-day expo, four conferences – 3D Food Printing Conference, Healthy Nutrition Conference, Vertical Farming Conference and Smart Farming Conference and more activities such as lab tours, demo corners.

3D Food Printing Conference:
Research and development (taste, texture, structure, flavor, color, nutrition) | Technologies for 3D Food Printing |Ingredients for 3D Food Printing | Business Models | Patent / Legal and Regulatory issues | Investment opportunities

Healthy Nutrition Conference:
Food Innovation and health | Intestinal Microbiology | Behavioural Gastronomy | Nutritional Sciences and Food Law / Regulation | Smart & Healthy Ingredients | Sustainable Food Manufacturing | Food design | Funding

Vertical Farming Conference:
Available technologies – LED lighting, sensors, AI | Plant condition issues like: CO2, Nutrients, Irrigation, Climate, Lighting | Food safety / HACCP | Robotics | Improved resource-use efficiency | Sustainable Buildings (design, green roof, energy) | Smart Cities / Architecture / Urban Design | From traditional farmer to vertical farmer

Smart Farming Conference:
Available technologies for Farming 4.0 – drones, sensors, Internet of Things, Robotics, Big Data, AI and more | Precision agriculture | Precision Livestock Farming | Plant and crop science for improved resource-use | Investment in R&D | New business models | Cross disciplinary themes

For more information about the conferences and the expo, we invite you to visit:

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