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Project Leader
Krska Rudolf, Project Leader
Horizon 2020 - Societal Challenges - Research & Innovation Action (RIA)
EU-Project Instruments
Collaborative Project
Type of Research
Applied Research

Further information:

Sulyok Michael, Project Staff
Freitag Stephan, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Bioanalytics and Agro-Metabolomics
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
PHOTONFOOD’s ultimate aim is to provide a portable solution for flexible farm-to-fork sensing of fungal and mycotoxin contamination. PHOTONFOOD will design, develop and validate a mid-infrared photonic sensing solution based on Light Emitting Diode (LED) light sources and Quantum Cascade Laster (QCL) lasers combined with mid-infrared waveguides for the detection of microbial and chemical contamination in food and commodities at different production levels, i.e. from production to processing and distribution. The platform will be demonstrated for the detection of fungal contamination and mycotoxins in farm-to-fork value chains of peanuts and wheat and for detection of antibiotics in novel aquaponics-based production of fish and vegetables. The platform is based on innovative photonic devices combined with low-cost paper-based microfluidics for sample collection, separation, pretreatment and pre-concentration and a data analysis platform. It is thus highly flexible and readily adaptable for monitoring other types of microbial and chemical contamination. The research will be performed by a multidisciplinary team with globally acknowledged top expertise in the field of infrared spectroscopy, light sources and waveguide development, food spoilage microbiology and data science in collaboration with a leading mycotoxin analysis laboratory, a novel aquaponics farm, a distributor of dry foods and farms with on-site food processing and vending. The team will develop a low-cost portable infrared sensing solution and a high-end infrared device enabling flexible microbial and chemical analysis of food products on farms, in food processing, wholesale and retail.
Analytical chemistry; Food biotechnology;

Freitag, S; Zitek, A; Sulyok, M; Krska, R (2022): Towards the determination of deoxynivalenol in winter and durum wheat using a handheld near infrared spectrometer . [Poster]
[RAFA 2022, Prag, 06.09-09.09.2022]

In: Jana Pulkrabová, Monika Tomaniová, Stefan van Leeuwen, Michel Nielen and Jana Hajšlová, BOOK OF ABSTRACTS RECENT ADVANCES IN FOOD ANALYSIS September 6–9, 2022 Prague, Czech Republic FullText


Stephan Freitag, Micheal Sulyok, Rudolf Krska (2022): The potential of infrared spectroscopy for rapid mycotoxin screening .

World Mycotoxin Forum Parma 2022, 16. - 18.05.2022 , Parma

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