Research Focus

  • The research objectives will during the lifespan of this project focus on mitigation against mycotoxins for food safety and improved public health and trade, and conduct only regional surveillance of chemical residues (heavy metals, veterinary drug and pesticides residues and hydrocyanic acids in cassava food products). Please refer to appendix 5 for problem and intervention analysis and appendix 4 0n page 57 for details of the cross cutting edge technologies for accomplishing the research objectives.
  1. Genomic surveillance of fungi using molecular based techniques, and proteomic and metabolomics for identification of novel fungi
  2. Mycotoxins analysis using LC/MS/MS, HPLC and GC/MS
  1. Mycotoxin Exposure and Risk Assessments Studies using biochemical and molecular toxicological tests.
  2. Developing Predictive Mathematical Models and Early Warning Systems
  3. Varietal Selection and Breeding of Drought, Pest and Mycotoxin Resistant Cultivars: Varietal selection and breeding of drought, mycotoxin, pest, resistant food crop
  4. Identifying genes encoding for resistance to drought, pests and mycotoxins for producing transgenic crops via genetic modification techniques.
  1. Biocontrol of fungi and mycotoxins: Identification of indigenous endemic non mycotoxins producing fungi for bioexclusion of the mycotoxigenic strains of same species from crops on the farm. Identifying fungal antagonists and endophytes that will eliminate fungi from crops and improve host resistance to pests on the field respectively
  2. Developing Phytofungicides: Isolating essential oils and other plant products with both insecticidal and fungicidal potential for development into fungicide (UniAbuja)
  3. Developing multi-Nanobased mycotoxin feed binder and detoxifiers (Chemical Engineering Department, BIOMIN)
  4. Food portable mycotoxin detecting system (Faculty of Chemistry, Complutense University Spain for optical Chemosensor)
  1. Developing Codes of Practice for Prevention and Control of Mycotoxin: The effects of agricultural, processing and packaging practices on the occurrence and levels of mycotoxins will be determined with a view to developing specific and effective integrated technology for the prevention and control of mycotoxin in susceptible food products from farm to fork.
  2. Regional Surveillance of Chemical Residues (Heavy Metals, Veterinary drug and pesticide residues) and Hydrocyanic Acid in Cassava Products: using Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer, HPLC and GC/MS. Veterinary drugs residues will be monitored in livestock products, pesticides will be determined in all proposed studied products. HCN will only be analyzed in cassava based food products