Enhancing Research And Innovation Capacity Of TÜBİTAK MAM Food Institute On Management Of Mycotoxigenic Fungi And Mycotoxins

Technical Visits

MycoTWIN Technical Visits

TUBITAK will visit CNR-ISPA, University of Valencia and other external institutes/industries in Europe and Turkey. Technical visits are extremely important to improve vision and networking. Outputs of technical visits will be shared here.

MycoTWIN Technical Visits

Within the scope of MycoTWIN project, the first technical visit was made to Besana Company in Italy on 5/7/2022. During the visit with the participation of CNR-ISPA and TUBITAK researchers; Vittoria Calgani from Besana, Antonio Logrieco from CNR-ISPA, and Hayrettin Özer from TÜBİTAK introduced their institutions. Then Hayrettin Özer presented the MycoTWIN project to Besana experts. After the presentations, the Besana factory was visited and MycoTWIN experts were informed on all the machinery park and food products of Besena. At the end of the day discussions were held about possible future collaborations.

Thanks to Besena for their great hospitality.

Both the program and the participants are available here.


2nd technical visit was made on 11 October 2023 to the Font Salem in Valencia, Spain. which is the Spanish leader in private-label products and co-packing, specialising in different types of beer and a wide variety of still and sparkling soft drinks and water. The business, whose plants have IFS certification and manufacture over 800 million liters annually, provides food safety and quality control at every level of the production process with the goal of creating goods that are entirely safe. In this context, the significance of sample acceptance procedures was underlined and production procedures were mentioned.

3 rd and 4 th technical visits were organized to Integrative Food and Nutrition Center, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Bühler AG, respectively. EPFL-Integrative Food and Nutrition Center stands out as a center collaborating to develop new technologies to address global food issues. This center is focused on collaboration to generate solutions for significant challenges in food and nutrition.

On the other hand, Bühler's Grain and Food Solutions, one of its two business segments, ensures the safe and healthy production of food and feed. These interactive experiences facilitated the transfer of knowledge, encouraged networking opportunities, and allowed researchers to establish connections and exchange ideas.


5th technical visit on 26 April 2023 took placed to BALSU in Sakarya, Türkiye. During the visit, Emel Özengen from BALSU and Ceyda Pembeci from TUBITAK introduced their organizations and shared their most recent research activities. BALSU, with 45 years of experience in hazelnut processing, outlined its extensive supply chain stretching from Kocaeli to Artvin, emphasizing the objective of adding high value to hazelnuts. The company prioritizes sustainability, ensuring direct access to hazelnuts from the source through strategically located purchase centers. BALSU's agricultural team actively engages in sociological studies on sustainability and conducts agricultural experiments in pilot gardens.

2nd technical visit conducted on Junuary 5, 2023 to Cargill in Bursa, Türkiye, was a significant milestone in fostering collaboration and addressing mycotoxin challenges faced by the company. During the event, Barış Özalp from Cargill and Hayrettin Özer from TUBITAK took the opportunity to introduce their organizations and share their recent studies.

Cargill, a global provider of food, agriculture, financial, and industrial products and services, demonstrated its commitment to sustainable practices and leveraging over 155 years of experience to support communities worldwide. The visit to Cargill provided TUBITAK with an opportunity to get firsthand knowledge on the factory’s working environments, departments, and current business and production processes. This interactive experience provided a deep understanding of the operational and technological environment within Cargill.