Workshop ‘Development of DNA-based methods for food pathogens, GMOs and species identification’

Harbin, China 8 July, 2016

Workshop ‘Development of DNA-based methods for food pathogens, GMOs and species identification’

 Shanghai, China 6 July, 2016

On-Site DNA based Methods Training Seminar

   Leiden, The Netherlands 16-17 June 2016


For stakeholders interested in improving traceability within EU


Safer products based on innovative DNA methods


Food pathogens

For the field of foodborne pathogens the focus will be on improving analytical speed and reliability... [more info]



For GMOs the improvements will be two-fold: the DECATHLON project will... [more info]


Customs issues

For customs issues molecular analytical tools are presently only used to a limited extent but urgently... [more info]


Training Platform

Information will soon be available 

Reports and Deliverables

The first round of Decathlon´s stakeholder consultation actions has been successfully conducted. One of the aims of stakeholders’ involvement is to gather their views and opinions on the methods currently being developed within the project, thus understanding better if the work of Decathlon is in alignment with the needs and wishes of the relevant key actors that will use the Decathlon results.

The number of authorized GMOs has increased over time and with that the required number of analyses with qPCR has also increased. This increase in number of analyses is making the detection and quantification of GMOs in different samples more and more expensive. To address the issue of cost effectiveness, new multiplex ddPCR methods were developed within the Decathlon project. The performance parameters of the new multiplex methods were evaluated according to the MPPs set in Deliverable D6.1.

What's New?

Friday, March 11, 2016

A new method based on droplet digital PCR was developed by researchers at National Institute of Biology, Slovenia and Norwegian Veterinary Institute, for cost-efficient quantification of genetically modified soybean. Soybean is, next to maize, the most important and abundant GM crop, with 11 GM soybean lines authorised in the EU, and four more in the process of authorisation. With that being said, there is a great demand for a more time and cost-efficient method for quantification of GM soybean in food and feed samples.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Decathlon project participated in Training Workshop on Digital PCR and Next Generation Sequencing for National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) assigned under Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on December 8th – 10th, 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Decathlon Project participated at the Round Table Seminar “Reviewing and Assessing Biosafety Regulations” which was held on 12 November 2015 In Ankara, Turkey.