EU-China, MycoKey project coordinated by ISPA-CNR launched in Beijing
A new way to address and manage the issue of mycotoxin contamination in food: this is the aim of the MycoKey project, launched in Beijing, China, at the IPPC AAS – Institute of Plant Protection of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences on 6 and 7 June 2017.
The Mycokey project is funded under the Horizon 2020 European programme (with an overall budget of 6.4 million Euro) and it involves the ISPA-CNR – Institute of Sciences of Food Production of the National Research Council as the coordinator of 32 scientific and industrial partners from Europe, China, Nigeria and Argentina.
From China, the MycoKey project has received 4.51 million Yuan (590,000 Euro) under the National Key Research and Development Program of the Beijing government.
MycoKey proposes a new way to address and manage the issue of mycotoxin contamination in food that, to date, is one of the main and emerging issues globally, also due to the effects of climate change and international commercial exchange.
Mycotoxins are toxic biological substances produced by fungi found in crops, feed and food, which are potentially noxious for human and animal health.
The European and Chinese representatives presented their project in Beijing on 6 June 2017. Antonio Logrieco, Director of ISPA-CNR and project coordinator, with Wang Lixia, Vice-Director of the IPPC AAS Department of International Cooperation, attended the MycoKey launch.
The presentation featured: Zhang Huijie, Vice-Director General of the Department of International Cooperation, CAAS; Qiu Dewen, Vice-Director General of the Institute of Plant Protection, CAAS; Chen Wanquan, Consultant of Mycokey, President of the Chinese Society of Plant Protection, Director of the Institute of Bast Fiber Crops, CAAS; Feng Jie, Coordinator of Mycokey for China, Institute of Plant Protection, CAAS.
The project coordinators and WP leaders presented the project tasks, focusing on research activities and methods to be used.
On 7 June 2017, the meeting continued with parallel round tables in which the experts shared their knowledge and experience, identified potential risks, scheduled future steps to achieve MycoKey goals and updated the work plan to exploit any opportunities derived from the joint work of the international community.
The MycoKey project confirms to be a place where to enhance the dialogue between EU and China.