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Fate and toxicity of allelochemicals (natural plant toxins) in relation to environment and consumer

Objective

In recent years there has been an increasing focus on the prospects of exploiting allelopathy as an alternative strategy for controlling weeds, insects and diseases. However, the environmental and toxicological consequences of this should be investigated. The objective of the present project is to perform an environmental and human risk assessment of exploiting the allelopathic properties of wheat in modern farming and to develop a framework for future assessments of allelopathic crops. Well-described allelopathic properties of wheat combined with low environmental persistence and low toxicities will enhance the possibilities for farmers to make a sound production. If the evaluation of environmental persistence and human as well as environmental toxicities shows that the allelochemical compounds constitute a higher risk than the risk of low doses of synthetic pesticides, new views must be put on exploiting allelopathy.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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Coordinator

DANISH INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Address
Research Centre Flakkebjerg
4200 Slagelse
Denmark

Participants (7)

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Jordi Girona 18-26
08034 Barcelona
FEDERAL OFFICE AND RESEARCH CENTRE OF AGRICULTURE
Austria
Address
Spargelfeldstrasse 191
1226 Wien
INSTITUTE FOR AGROBIOTECHNOLOGY IN TULLN
Austria
Address
20,Konrad Lorenzstrasse 20
3430 Tulln
LITHUANIAN INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE
Lithuania
Address
Zalioji A. 2
4002 Traku Voke
MARIO NEGRI INSTITUTE FOR PHARMACOLOGICAL RESEARCH
Italy
Address
62,Via Eritrea 62
20157 Milano
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Denmark
Address
399,Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde
UNIVERSIDAD DE CADIZ
Spain
Address
Calle Ancha 16
000 Cadiz