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New technology for the detection of toxins and pathogens


Plant Research International, part of Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands, together with CatchMabs, have announced a cooperative study to apply iMab technology to detect mycotoxins in food and plant pathogens in plant material. The partners will advance the work for applications at the nano-level.

CatchMabs develops ‘industrial Molecular Affinity Bodies’ (iMabs) – proteins capable of making highly specific and exceptionally strong combinations of previously defined molecules. iMabs are very stable proteins, which means they can also be used under extreme conditions.

One of the core activities of Plant Research International is research to improve the health status of our food. The institute develops diagnostic techniques and methods for the detection of pathogens in plants, including fungi and viruses. In the framework of these activities, Plant Research International is one of the partners in the EU project ‘eBIOSENSE’. The goal of this project is to develop a ‘chip’ that can be used for the fast detection of both mycotoxins and pathogens in food.

Plant Research International and CatchMabs complement each other well. “The know-how and network of Plant Research International makes it possible for us to sell products based upon our patented techniques in completely new markets,” comments Peter Sijmons, CEO of CatchMabs.

Peter Booman, general director of Plant Research International: “The techniques and knowledge available at CatchMabs will support us in realising our ambition to be a world leader in the research of healthy food as well as pests and diseases in plants.”

Jac Niessen | alfa
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