Banats University of Agricultural Science Timisoara

Timişoara, Romania

Banats University of Agricultural Science Timisoara

Timişoara, Romania
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Alexa E.,Banats University of Agricultural Science Timisoara | Pop G.,Banats University of Agricultural Science Timisoara | Sumalan R.,Banats University of Agricultural Science Timisoara | Radulov I.,Banats University of Agricultural Science Timisoara | And 3 more authors.
Proceedings of 6th International Congress FLOUR-BREAD 2011 - 8th Croatian Congress of Cereal Technologists | Year: 2011

Ochratoxins are produced by species of Aspergillus and Penicillium which may occur on cereals. Ochratoxin A (OTA) is both acutely toxic and a nephrotoxin. It is responsible for porcine nephropathy and may contribute to the epidemiology of Endemic Balkan Nephropathy in humans. The mycotoxin zearalenone (ZON) is a fungal metabolite, mainly produced by F. graminearum and F. culmorum, which are known to colonize cereals. ZON can cause hyperoestrogenism and severe reproductive and infertility problems in animals, especially in swine. The aim of this study is to evaluate the concentrations of zearalenone (ZON) and ochratoxin A (OTA) in cereals from the West side of Romania. The level of mycotoxins was determined with the immune-enzymatic method ELISA. There 48 cereal samples from rural households in three counties in Western Romania were analyzed. The experimental results indicated that the ZON level registered in the cereal samples ranged between < LOD - 492.1 ppb, the maximum level being found in triticale used as feed. Regarding the OTA content, the concentration ranged between < LOD - 14.11 ppb, the maximum level being found in feed barley, but did not exceed the maximum admitted limit. Concerning the analyzed area, the largest number of positive samples were registered in the Arad county, followed by Timis county and Satu-Mare county, which did not display any contamination.


Lato K.I.,Banats University of Agricultural science Timisoara | Nita L.,Banats University of Agricultural science Timisoara | Lato A.,Banats University of Agricultural science Timisoara | Radulov I.,Banats University of Agricultural science Timisoara | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment | Year: 2013

The objective of this study was to wrap the soils from Bârzava Plain in favorability classes for the main agricultural utilizations, according to their physical and chemical characteristics. The purpose of this study is that the farmers could practice a sustainable agriculture in this area. Bârzava Plain is located on the western part of Romania, covers an area of 54,250 ha and is part of the great physical-geographical unit called Banat Plain. Bârzava Plain is considered a glacis plain, slightly terraced and is divided into several sectors. From an altitudinal point of view, it is a high plain formed on river-lake deposits. River - lake deposits consist of fluvial-lacustrine deposits of Carpathian origin rains, which are composed of heterogeneous gravels, sands and marls. Superjacent, these deposits are covered by a thin blanket of clays that have a high percentage of expandable minerals. According to the Romanian System of Soil Taxonomy, in the studied area there are the following types of soils: fluvisols on 3645.2 ha (6.72%), chernozems on 3778 ha (6.97%), phaeozems on 275 ha (0.5%), eutric cambisols on 2873.9 ha (5.3%), haplic luvisols on 21,392.9 ha (39.2%), luvisols on 2973 ha (5.49%), gleysols on 1668.6 ha (3.08%), stagnosols on 1668.6 ha (3.08%), vertisols on 15,002 ha (27.66%) and erodisols on 972.2 ha (1.80%). Depending on the physical and chemical soil properties evaluation notes were calculated as follows: Y = (X1 × X2 × X3 ×........ X17) × 100. where Y = note of evaluation and X1,...., X17 are indicators of evaluation. In accordance with the notes of evaluation for agricultural land the classification of soils in five suitability classes was obtained as follows: Class I from 81 to 100 points - very suitable; Class II from 61 to 80 points - suitable; Class III from 41 to 60 points - medium suitable; Class IV from 21 to 40 points - less suitable; Class V from 0 to 20 points - unsuitable.

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