Fusarium fungi and mycotoxins have been identified as a major quality problem in oat production. The level of Fusarium
resistance in oat cultivars grown in Finland is low. The ultimate goal
of DONCONTROL project (2015-2018) is to assure the safety of Finnish
cereals (especially oats and barley) in changing climate and
agricultural practices. The project provides (1) new information on Fusarium fungi (especially
deoxynivalenol producers) and the factors influencing mycotoxins in
farm levels and (2) New mitigation strategies: Improvement of Fusarium resistance in oat cultivars by breeding, Prediction of mycotoxin risk (weather-based risk modelling, Fusarium
monitoring), Comparison of different control strategies and
feasibility, and Identification of upcoming, novel management means for
pre- and post-harvest level.
Luke (Natural resources institute Finland) leads the consortium which
includes members from research, breeding, farming, crop protection,
processing, advising and regulation. The project is financially
supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
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