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Cyanotoxins in Irrigation Waters: Surveillance, Risk Assessment, and Innovative Remediation proposals

Objective

Water scarcity and food production are some of the greatest challenges of our times. Fresh water resources in many countries are vulnerable due to their biogeographical and climatic characteristics. Moreover higher water consumption and higher human impacts in the downstream water bodies is leading to a higher eutrophication with increased incidence and intensity of cyanobacteria blooms and their toxins. The scarcity of clean water resources leads to the compulsory use of water containing cyanobacteria and their toxins in agriculture. This project aims through Research and Innovation Staff Exchange to map agricultural risk areas of cyanotoxin occurrence in consortium member countries, to access the fate of cyanotoxins in crops as also bioaccumulation in crops and food contamination related to the use of eutrophic waters in irrigation. Environment-friendly, low-cost techniques of water treatment will also be developed, and methods to detect and assess toxicity of cyanotoxins improved. This project seeks to integrate the activities already developed by the partners, and develop new multidisciplinary activities which could lead to the maximization of the research and foster the creation of knowledge in the domains of water toxicology, food safety and eco-technologies of water treatment. The main innovation aspect of this project rely on the multidisciplinary approach to the subject under study, which is expected to contribute to the elucidation of the minimum quality requirements applied to the irrigation waters. The integration of countries with different weather regimes and agricultural practices in one single project will constitute a unique approach to this subject and to consolidate the transnational collaborations. The expected results will be delivered as guidelines for water management and treatment and will contribute to the implementation of a more sustainable and safe agriculture in Europe and worldwide.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water management
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water management/irrigation
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

CENTRO INTERDISCIPLINAR DE INVESTIGACAO MARINHA E AMBIENTAL
Address
Av General Norton De Matos S/n
4450 208 Matosinhos
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 266 800

Participants (5)

UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 96 600
Address
Calle S. Fernando 4
41004 Sevilla
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 87 400
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NOSTOC-LABORATORIO DE INVESTIGACAOBIOLOGICA LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Praceta Artur Marques Nº 37
4470 079 Porto Maia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LABORATORIO CIFGA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 13 800
Address
Avenida Beningno Rivera 56
27003 Galicia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LIMNOS PODJETJE ZA APLIKATIVNO EKOLOGIJO DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 4 600
Address
Pozarnice 41
1351 Brezovica Pri Ljubljani
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (4)

SOHAG UNIVERSITY
Egypt
Address
Sohag University President Office
82524 Sohag
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE CADI AYYAD
Morocco
Address
Boulevard Abdelkarim Khattabi
40 000 Marrakech
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD TECNOLOGICA DE PEREIRA
Colombia
Address
Carrera 27 10-02 Barrio Alamos
660003 Pereira
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL SAN AGUSTIN DEAREQUIPA
Peru
Address
Calle Santa Catalina 117
04001 Arequipa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments