USDA-NIFA Grant on Aflatoxin Prediction

Dr. Gabriel Terejanu in collaboration with Dr. Sourav Banerjee (Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Anindya Chanda (Environmental Health Sciences) have received a research award from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)/USDA for his project, “TOXIMAP: Computational Framework for Prediction of Geographical and Temporal Incidence of Mycotoxins in US Crop Fields”. This project will develop a general predictive modeling framework for calculating aflatoxin occurrence in US crop fields before harvest, and package this knowledge in a user-friendly predictive web/mobile interface for generating nation-wide and real-time aflatoxin hazard maps. This project has the potential to change certain behaviors in crop management to improve food safety.