SPI participates in a FP7 project focused on the development of DNA-based methods - DECATHLON

18 February 2015


The Decathlon project (www.decathlon-project.eu), in which SPI is a partner, is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme. The project brings together a broad range of experts and expertise to jointly work on the development of new or improved methods that are needed in the field of 1) food pathogens, 2) traceability of GMOs and 3) customs issues.
The project aims to develop advanced and cost-effective DNA-based methods for all three application areas with characteristics that meet the requirements of the individual areas. Field-related technical expertise will provide insight into the current and most relevant bottlenecks in the fields of application.
The first project meeting was held on the 5th and 6th of February 2014 at the premises of RIKILT, WB Wageningen, the Netherlands.
A stakeholder workshop on “Tackling the challenges of DNA-based detection methods and specific traceability issues through an interdisciplinary approach” will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on the 3rd of June, 2015. The programme is under development and will be shared in the project website soon. If you would like to participate in the event or have any questions, please contact Daniela Coutinho (danielacoutinho@spi.pt) and register here.
For more information on the project please contact the coordinator of the project, Dr. Esther Kok from RIKILT (esther.kok@wur.nl) or visit the project website at www.decathlon-project.eu/


Consortium: Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek; Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek - Plant Research International; Eurofins Genescan Gmbh; Shanghai Jiao Tong University; National Institute Of Biology; Biosistemika; Baseclear B.V.; Genostar; Dublin City University; Leiden University - Leiden Institute Of Chemistry; Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster; Norwegian Veterinary Institute; Sociedade Portuguesa De Inovação; Biolytix AG; Dutch Customs Laboratory; Institut Jozef Stefan; Instituto De Biologia Experimental E Tecnológica; Joint Research Centre; The National Customs Agency Of The Republic Of Bulgaria