Testing the potential of distilling as an alternative use for DON-contaminated wheat

A five month project funded by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE):

The goal of this project is to provide guidance to farmers, millers, and distillers about whether and at what levels DON contaminated grain can be safely used in distillation, thus impacting farmer, miller, and distiller decision-making in selling and using these grains.

We will do this by:

  • Collecting wheat samples that have tested high for DON.
  • Distilling from contaminated wheat.
  • Tracing where DON segregates by Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) kit.

This project would help prevent the loss of both partial and full wheat crop value due to food safety contamination by converting grain to safe alternative profitable uses.