The value of Point Of Care (POC) for egg quality and safety: The case of antibiotics and mycotoxins detection

Rapid, on-site assessment of potential risks that compromise food safety and quality can play a key role in maintaining the agricultural sector’s sustainability and profitability. POC diagnostics and tests have proven indispensable tools for screening. Considering that eggs are a cheap and excellent source of protein, the volume of eggs produced in EU and the industry’s profitability, investments on new technologies that reassure food safety from “farm to fork” are justified. Early detection of antibiotics and mycotoxins, in view of their impact on health, is crucial for the successful implementation of the “farm to fork” approach.

Interview with Georgios Manessis

What drives you?
Reaserch interest. Research is a fine way to be creative.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
As an animal scientist, I hope to present an “end-user” perspective for new technologies.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
The integration of Key Enabling Technologies for the production of “smart” devices/sensors, which can be strategically placed in farms to facilitate a data-centric approach in farm management.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
To help evidence-based decision making, and therefore to increase profitability and food safety.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The slim profit margin of farming, the reluctancy of farmers to adopt new technologies, the return on investment and the low performance in harsh farm conditions.

“Special Quote”
Keep it cheap, keep it simple.

Georgios Manessis will speak at the 2021 edition of the Smart Farming Conference.

Georgios Manessis received an animal scientist diploma in 2017 from the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA). From 2018 to date, I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Animal Science (AUA). My research is focused on POC technologies for the optimization of livestock biosecurity.

The Agricultural University of Athens (formerly Highest Agricultural School of Athens) is the third oldest University in Greece. For over eighty years now, it has been serving agricultural sciences producing high quality graduates as well as scientific knowledge through basic and applied research. Situated in a 25-hectare green campus that stretches on both sides of the historic Iera Odos (the Sacred Way of antiquity), close to the centre of Athens, at the heart of the ancient Olive Grove, the Universityύs 16 building complexes comprise auditoriums, 41 fully equipped laboratories, a modern library, computer rooms, exemplary agricultural facilities (an arboretum, a vineyard, experimental fields, a flower garden, greenhouses, a cowshed, a sheep pen, a chicken coop, dairy installations, aquaculture tanks), museums, a student center, an indoor gym, sports fields etc. In these ideal surroundings, the students of the various faculties of the University are taught the principles of Agricultural Science during ten semesters.

The University consists of seven faculties: Crop Science, Animal Science, Agricultural Biotechnology, Rural Economics & Development, Food Science & Technology, Natural Resources Management & Agricultural Engineering as well as a Science Faculty. The first six faculties confer a Degree in Agriculture in their corresponding fields. Instruction during the first nine semesters includes lectures, laboratory work and field trips, while the tenth semester is devoted to the composition of a graduate thesis. The undergraduate curriculum is structured as a common core program for all faculties in the first five or six semesters, and as specialized faculty programs in the remaining semesters. Four months of practical training are also required to ensure familiarization with actual farm conditions.

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