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Research FST


Food Safety and Toxicology (FST)

FST Research Area Committee  Members as of:1/1/24
Chair, Dave Kendra, Cibus, San Diego, CA
Vice-Chair, Mark Busman, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL
Chris Maragos, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL
Zhao Jin, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

Project Description

The Food Safety and Toxicology (FST) research area supports research on food safety and food processing issues related to the presence of Fusarium spp. mycotoxins in wheat and barley grain. Practical outcomes of research in this area include: 1) analytical tools that can be used by small grain producers, elevators, millers, and processors, to rapidly and reliably identify mycotoxin-contaminated grain; 2) develop appropriate strategies to deal with contaminated grain; and 3) diagnostic data on Fusarium spp. mycotoxins required for development of FHB resistant/tolerant varieties of wheat and barley.

FY22 Research Priorities Derived from Action Plan Goals:

  1. Provide analytical support for DON/trichothecene quantitation for the Initiative’s stakeholders.
  2. Support research on DON/trichothecene safety that is needed by producers, grain processors, researchers, risk assessors, and regulators.

Current version of Action Plan (Updated:  5/31/19)


Summary of Funding
  FY22 (2022-23) FY23 (2023-24)
Number of Projects: 4
3 - DON Labs
1 - Research
3 - DON Labs
1 - Research
Number of PIs: 4
3 - DON Labs
1 - Research
3 - DON Labs
1 - Research
Total Award Amount: $931,850
$887,543 - DON Labs
$44,307 - Research
$559,126 - DON Labs *
$44.302 - Research
% of Total Funding: 10.77%
10.25% - DON Labs
0.51% - Research
6.46% - DON Labs
0.51% - Research
Research Projects: FY22 - DON Labs
FY22 - Research
FY23 - DON Labs
FY23 - Research

*Received Equipment Request Funding


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