Special Issue "Modelling for Risk Assessment of Mycotoxins"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019)
Dr. HJ (Ine) Van der Fels-Klerx
RIKILT Wageningen UR, RIKILT is part of Wageningen University and Research Centre, NL-6700 AE Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Interests: mycotoxins; management influencing mycotoxin contamination; environmental factors; management factors; epidemiology; forecasting; modelling; decision support system; cropping systems; cereals; grapes
As a consequence of the worldwide occurrence of mycotoxins in feed and food crops, animals and humans are exposed to the contaminants via feed of food consumption, resulting in animal and human health issues. Risk assessments are performed to determine the impact on animal and human health, related to mycotoxin exposure. A full quantitative risk assessment consists of four related steps: Hazard identification; hazard characterization; exposure assessment; and risk characterization. The result is an estimation of the adverse effects that are likely to occur in a given population, including related uncertainties, expressed in numerical values. In addition to the quantitative risk assessment approach, qualitative assessments and comparative approaches are being used, such as risk ratio and risk ranking methods. Modelling is a key component of all these approaches, in particular to include uncertainties and variability in the key input parameters.
This Special Issue of Toxins invites articles that address modelling for risk assessment of mycotoxins, with particular interest in the step of exposure assessment, consisting of an estimation of the presence of mycotoxins in feed or food, combined with an estimation of intake via feed or food. Modelling for obtaining insights in the presence, exposure and risks related to mycotoxins is key of this special issue. Papers addressing the following topics are welcomed: a) modelling to estimate the presence of mycotoxins in feed or food crops, i.e., forecasting models for mycotoxins, and effects of agronomics and climate (change), b) modelling to estimate the fate of mycotoxins in the feed or food supply chain and to estimate contamination in final products, c) modelling carry-over of mycotoxins in animals to estimate mycotoxin presence in animal derived products, d) approaches to assess animal or human exposure to mycotoxins via intake, or to assess related health effects due to feed/food exposure of mycotoxins, and e) comparative approaches for estimating mycotoxin risks to animal or human health.
For this Special Issue, there is no restriction to a particular mycotoxin. Experimental studies, such as in vitro studies to investigate toxicological effects, and chemical analytical studies are outside the scope of this Special Issue.
We look forward to reviewing original research or review articles, which will provide new insights into modelling approaches useful for risk assessment of mycotoxins.
Dr. HJ (Ine) van der Fels-Klerx
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- risk assessment
- exposure assessment
- human exposure
- decision support systems