Corn aflatoxins contamination is one of the main issue that farmers of large areas of Europe have to cope with. Different strategies have been implemented to try to reduce, if not eliminate, toxin contamination at the pre-harvest level; however, a careful analysis of the costs/efficacy of each of the various inputs must be performed in order to provide an acceptable income for the farmers. On the other hand, there is an increasing market demand for food and feed commodities obtained with environmentally low-impact practices possibly through the experimentation of innovative and organic defense techniques. Minimization of mycotoxin risk requires a multifactorial approach since climatic, agronomic and phytoiatric factors are found to interact each other in complex, local ecological realities. The “DIFESAMAIS” project intends to design and validate an innovative combined approach addressed to the development and the valorization of organic farming/integrated production of corn, with particular attention to the maintenance of biodiversity. Both academic and industrial partners (PROGEO S.C.A. and AGRITES s.r.l.) were involved in the present project. The main stakeholders are farmers which will have the opportunity to acquire the economic expertise and the technical tools to implement an ecologically sustainable maize cultivation by a reduction of chemical inputs. Among the various activities performed in the framework of the Project, we will report the validation of a sustainable procedure to reduce aflatoxin contamination by bio-competition approaches, based on: 1) the use of non-aflatoxigenic strains of Aspergillus flavus, and 2) the validation of technologies for Ostrinia nubilalis control. Aflatoxin containment, biocontrol, maize protection Funding have been provided by the Emilia Romagna Rural Developing Program (PSR 2014-2020), Project n. 5004325 “DIFESAMAIS: Development of innovative defense technologies to increase environmental sustainability of corn production”.

“DIFESAMAIS”: AN ITALIAN PROJECT FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF AFLATOXIN CROPS CONTAMINATION / Spadola, Giorgio; Degola, Francesca; Magagnoli, Serena; Burgio, Giovanni; Albertini, Marco; Restivo, Francesco Maria. - (2018). ((Intervento presentato al convegno 9th International Agriculture Symposium “AGROSYM 2018” tenutosi a Jahorina,Bosnia and Herzegovina nel 4-7/10/2018.

“DIFESAMAIS”: AN ITALIAN PROJECT FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF AFLATOXIN CROPS CONTAMINATION

SPADOLA, GIORGIO;Francesca Degola
;
Francesco Maria Restivo
2018

Abstract

Corn aflatoxins contamination is one of the main issue that farmers of large areas of Europe have to cope with. Different strategies have been implemented to try to reduce, if not eliminate, toxin contamination at the pre-harvest level; however, a careful analysis of the costs/efficacy of each of the various inputs must be performed in order to provide an acceptable income for the farmers. On the other hand, there is an increasing market demand for food and feed commodities obtained with environmentally low-impact practices possibly through the experimentation of innovative and organic defense techniques. Minimization of mycotoxin risk requires a multifactorial approach since climatic, agronomic and phytoiatric factors are found to interact each other in complex, local ecological realities. The “DIFESAMAIS” project intends to design and validate an innovative combined approach addressed to the development and the valorization of organic farming/integrated production of corn, with particular attention to the maintenance of biodiversity. Both academic and industrial partners (PROGEO S.C.A. and AGRITES s.r.l.) were involved in the present project. The main stakeholders are farmers which will have the opportunity to acquire the economic expertise and the technical tools to implement an ecologically sustainable maize cultivation by a reduction of chemical inputs. Among the various activities performed in the framework of the Project, we will report the validation of a sustainable procedure to reduce aflatoxin contamination by bio-competition approaches, based on: 1) the use of non-aflatoxigenic strains of Aspergillus flavus, and 2) the validation of technologies for Ostrinia nubilalis control. Aflatoxin containment, biocontrol, maize protection Funding have been provided by the Emilia Romagna Rural Developing Program (PSR 2014-2020), Project n. 5004325 “DIFESAMAIS: Development of innovative defense technologies to increase environmental sustainability of corn production”.
“DIFESAMAIS”: AN ITALIAN PROJECT FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF AFLATOXIN CROPS CONTAMINATION / Spadola, Giorgio; Degola, Francesca; Magagnoli, Serena; Burgio, Giovanni; Albertini, Marco; Restivo, Francesco Maria. - (2018). ((Intervento presentato al convegno 9th International Agriculture Symposium “AGROSYM 2018” tenutosi a Jahorina,Bosnia and Herzegovina nel 4-7/10/2018.
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