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)
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.