breeding; cropping factors; cereals; epidemiology; food safety; health promoting compounds; mycotoxins
Schöneberg Torsten, Musa Tomke, Forrer Hans-Rudolf, Mascher Fabio, Bucheli Thomas D., Bertossa Mario, Keller Beat, Vogelgsang Susanne (2018), Infection conditions of Fusarium graminearum in barley are variety specific and different from those in wheat, in European Journal of Plant Pathology
, 151(4), 975-989.
Martin Charlotte, Schöneberg Torsten, Vogelgsang Susanne, Morisoli Romina, Bertossa Mario, Mauch-Mani Brigitte, Mascher Fabio (2018), Resistance against Fusarium graminearum and the relationship to β-glucan content in barley grains, in European Journal of Plant Pathology
Schöneberg Torsten, Jenny Eveline, Wettstein Felix E., Bucheli Thomas D., Mascher Fabio, Bertossa Mario, Musa Tomke, Seifert Keith, Gräfenhan Tom, Keller Beat, Vogelgsang Susanne (2018), Occurrence of Fusarium species and mycotoxins in Swiss oats - Impact of cropping factors, in European Journal of Agronomy
, 92, 123-132.
Martin Charlotte, Schöneberg Torsten, Vogelgsang Susanne, Mendes Ferreira Carla S., Morisoli Romina, Bertossa Mario, Bucheli Thomas D., Mauch-Mani Brigitte, Mascher Fabio (2018), Responses of oat grains to Fusarium poae and F. langsethiae infections and mycotoxin contaminations, in Toxins
, 10(1), 47-64.
Martin Charlotte, SchönebergTorsten, VogelgsangSusanne, VincentiJérémy, BertossaMario, Mauch-ManiBrigitte, MascherFabio (2017), Factors of wheat grain resistance to Fusarium head blight, in Pyhtopathologia Mediterranea
, 56(1), 154-166.
Schirdewahn Torsten, Mascher Fabio, Bucheli Thomas D., Bertossa Mario, Musa Tomke, Wettstein Felix E., Keller Beat, Vogelgsang Susanne (2016), Anbaufaktoren beeinflussen Fusarien und Mykotoxine in Schweizer Gerste, in AGRARForschung
, (9), 372-377.
Schöneberg Torsten, Martin Charlotte, Wettstein Felix E., Bucheli Thomas D., Mascher Fabio, Bertossa Mario, Musa Tomke, Keller Beat, Vogelgsang Susanne (2016), Fusarium and mycotoxin spectra in Swiss barley are affected by various cropping techniques, in Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A
, (10), 1608-1619.
Schirdewahn Torsten, Martin Charlotte, Mascher Fabio, Bucheli Thomas D., Bertossa Mario, Morisolo Romina, Musa Tomke, Vogelgsang Susanne (2014), Effects of cropping factors and health promoting compounds in different oat cultivars on Fusarium species infection and mycotoxin contamination, in The Oat Newsletter
, 51(4), 1.
Martin Charlotte, Schürch Stéphanie, Bertossa Mario, Kellenberger Stefan, Mascher Fabio, Chemotype and environment condition the aggressiveness of Fusarium graminearum, in Journal of Plant Pathology
Schöneberg Torsten, Kibler Karin, Wettstein Felix E., Bucheli Thomas D., Forrer Hans-Rudolf, Musa Tomke, Mascher Fabio, Bertossa Mario, Keller Beat, Vogelgsang Susanne, Epidemiology of Fusarium langsethiae and F. poae in oats - lower temperatures during anthesis increase mycotoxin accumulation, in Plant Pathology
In view of improving the nutritional balance of consumers with small grain cereals containing health promoting compounds (HPCs), various Swiss organisations from the cereal and nutrition sector support an increase in domestic production of added-value wheat, oats and barley for human consumption. These cereal varieties could at the same time reduce infections by various Fusarium species producing health threatening mycotoxins and leading to the noxious fungal disease Fusarium head blight (FHB). Recently, a species shift in the FHB species complex and the emergence of the highly toxigenic species F. poae and F. avenaceum has been observed. Very little is known on cropping factors and resistances influencing the risk of infection by these and other less investigated FHB causing species. The overall objective of this project is to reduce the risk of contamination by mycotoxins in wheat, oats and barley through developing varieties with enhanced contents of HPCs. An inventory on the occurrence and the underlying environmental and agronomic factors of Fusarium species (WP 1) will be followed by epidemiological investigations on the most prevalent species in oats and barley (WP 2). Subsequently, the resistance of conventional and HPC enhanced genotypes and the role of HPCs will be examined (WP 3). These WPs will result in the development of strategies to reduce the risk of contaminations using combinations of suitable cropping factors, improved genotypes and in expanding of the forecasting system www.FusaProg.ch to include oats and barley (WP 4). Representatives from the Swiss cereal und nutrition branch will be involved from the very beginning of this project and will contribute to the dissemination and implementation of the results to growers and consumers (WP 5).This project contributes significantly towards reducing the risks of health threatening substances, promotes the production of safe and healthy cereals, and will thus ensure competitiveness and attractiveness of Swiss food products. Furthermore, results from HEALTHY&SAFE will provide the basis for a better understanding of the FHB complex and the epidemiology of neglected and poorly understood Fusarium species, which is of great interest to the scientific community. Finally, the obtained knowledge will provide the scientific basis for decision-making by government agencies on national and international levels with respect to setting maximum toxin limits. We believe that the proposed research is of high importance for the scientific community as well as for Swiss food safety organisations, agro-industry stakeholders, growers and consumers.