Progress report of the second period of the post-doctoral research project 1.1.2/VIAA/1/16/219
From October 1, 2017, the Institute BIOR started the implementation of the research application No.1.1.2 / VIAA / 1/16/219 "Development and application of mass spectrometric methods for the occurrence assessment of regulated and emerging mycotoxins in agricultural and dairy products in Latvia, providing contribution to the priority bio-economy sectors”.
Over the second period (01.101.-31.103.2018) of the project No. 18.104.22.168/VIAA/1/16/219 “Development and application of mass spectrometric methods for the occurrence assessment of regulated and emerging mycotoxins in agricultural and dairy products in Latvia, providing contribution to the priority bio-economy sectors”, work on the WP1 “Instrumental method development for the mycotoxin analysis” activities were continued:
Main activities and events of the fifth period where as follows:
- Completed writing of the review article, started in the first period, entitled "Recent applications of carbonaceous nanosorbents for the analysis of mycotoxins in food by liquid chromatography: a short review” discussing application of carbonaceous nanosorbents in mycotoxin analysis in food products. The manuscript was submitted on March to World Mycotoxin Journal (indexed by Scopus, WoS, CiteScore index: 1.7).
- Work on the experimental studies of magnetic carbon nanosorbents for the extraction of mycotoxins from grain products was continued. A poster presentation was presented of the results in the international scientific conference WMF 2018 (WP1, D. 1.4: conference thesis), which was held on March 1214, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Within the second period, work on the analysis of mycotoxins in herbal teas based on the 60 tea samples, purchased over the 1st period of the project. The aim of thus study was to develop also a publication discussing mycotoxin contamination in different herbal teas, which has been less educated especially towards the potential content of emerging Fusarium mycotoxins. However, the study also involved analysis of Aspergillius (aflatoxin B1) and Aspergillius, Penicillium mycotoxin (ochratoxin A). The study involved Further application of the method for testing herbal tea samples grown in Latvia, and the analysis of these data will increase the safety of tea grown in Latvia and will raise public awareness of quality with regard to mycotoxin contamination, also including the recommendations of tea storage and use.
The cooperation institution is The State Education Development Agency (SEDA). Project duration is 36 months. Total costs are 133 806 EUR where 85% is financed by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The publication was prepared on 31.03.2018.