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Patent from the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania
The State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania issued a patent to the Nature Research Centre, patent No 6458, issue date 25.09.2017. The patent is granted for a newly invented method to detect mould contamination in grain. This innovation is based on the principle of bionics, i.e. how insects detect moulds according to smell which appears when moulds start degrading grain. The "insect invention" increases sensitivity about 1000-fold(!), compared with the standard method where mould contamination in grain is detected according to mycotoxins. To date, this is a Lithuania patent, which is obligatory seeking an international patent (an application for a European patent has already been filed). The authors of the patent are researchers of the Laboratory of Chemical and Behavioural Ecology in cooperation with a mycologist from the Laboratory of Biodegradation Research. Research was done within the framework of a scientific team project funded by the Research Council of Lithuania.