The project

Control and defence management systems from Fusarium Head Blight and DON contamination

The project aims to address the issue of mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) produced by the fungus Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium culmorum in common wheat (Triticum aestivum) and durum wheat (Triticum durum), in relation to its toxicity and danger for food safety, in a a much more complex picture where climate change plays a very important role, determining from one vintage to another completely different production outputs in terms of quantity and quality.

The objectives

  • Define management and control systems for mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) in wheat
  • Provide an overall picture of the contamination of DON mycotoxin in wheat by collecting information from the territory, comparing the different factorial dynamics (environment, plant and pathogen)
  • Create a cooperation network between different operators in the supply chain, which can synergistically implement the best management and control techniques, and increase through the project the skills necessary to improve the problem DON
  • To promote the dissemination of specific knowledge such as alerts, informative and informative material
  • To promote the knowledge of management and control techniques outlined during the project with appropriate meetings open to all operators in the sector and stakeholders
  • Favor the skills in the management and control of the mycotoxin DON and the health problem related to it

Theoretical results

  • The main expected result is to create a cooperation network among the operators of the agri-food chain,
  • acquire specific technical information, increasing the knowledge and know-how of farmers and processors in the supply chain who will be actively involved in the implementation and participation of the activities envisaged by the project, defining the guidelines the containment of the mycotoxin problem.
  • To create the basis for a near future of a quality certification of wheat and its geographical location, aiming to establish the bases of quality and identification of a product that comes from the most suitable cereal areas of the Veneto Region.


Sowing the experimental fields
Installation of Agro-meteorological Station
Surveying the Experimental Field
Surveying the Fields next to the Agro-meteorological Stations
Drone Flight
Sampling after Sifter

Map of agri-meteorologic station