Scale up and validation of a low-cost paper-based test for mycotoxins
- Term: Three years, beginning in 2016
- Funding Amount: $58,938
- Lead Researcher(s): Maria DeRosa (Carleton University)
- Funding Partners: Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF)
- Project Description: Mycotoxins are unavoidable natural toxins that contaminate many of the world’s major food crops. Testing crops and foods to ensure low levels of mycotoxins is a difficult undertaking. In the developed world, mycotoxin testing is often done in advanced laboratories with expensive equipment and highly trained personnel. The goal of this project is to develop a simple, inexpensive, paper-based test for mycotoxins that could be used at the farm or grain elevator with minimal training or resources.
Addressing biological limitations on nutrient cycling in organic cropping systems
This work will explore the specific nature of the nutrient limitations on long-term organically managed systems, by adding nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers as well as extra crop residues to identify the most limiting factors to crop growth and microbial activity.view all