Susan MacDonald

Susan has extensive experience in the area of mycotoxins analysis using a range of methods but mostly HPLC (high-performance liquid chromatography) and GCMS (gas chromatography–mass spectrometry).

Susan MacDonald

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  • Area of expertise
    Mycotoxins and Plant Toxins
  • Years of experience
    27
  • Highest qualification
    BSc (Hons)

Susan is Science Lead for the areas of mycotoxins and natural toxins. In addition she is Head of the UK National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Mycotoxins (& oversees the NRLs for a range of other Contaminants). She is a research scientist with over 40 peer reviewed publications and book chapters, as well as being a project manager, and providing advice & training on mycotoxins (and other contaminants) including analysis and regulations, as well as general laboratory quality (e.g. ISO17025 accreditation). Susan is a member of two European expert committees for standardisation of analytical methods for natural toxins.

Our mycotoxins analysis

We undertake research, surveillance and commercial analysis of mycotoxins in food and animal feed using a variety of methods. Fera is the UK National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Mycotoxins and we collaborate extensively on projects within the UK and Europe.


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Latest Papers and Articles

F. Berthiller, C. Brera, C. Crews, M. H. Iha, R. Krska, V. M. T. Lattanzio, S. MacDonald, R. J. Malone, C. Maragos, M. Solfrizzo, J. Stroka, T. B. Whitaker (2015), Developments in mycotoxin analysis: an update for 2013-2014. World Mycotoxin Journal, 8 (1), 5.

E. Marley, P. Brown, J. Mackie, C. Donnelly, J. Wilcox, A. Pietri, and S. MacDonald (2015) Analysis of sterigmatocystin in cereals, animal feed, seeds, beer and cheese by immunoaffinity column clean-up and HPLC and LC-MS/MS quantification. Food Addit Contam Part A Chem Anal Control Expo Risk Assess. 2015;32(12):2131-7. doi: 10.1080/19440049.2015.1100331

Colin Crews and Susan MacDonald, (2015). Natural Occurrence of Masked Mycotoxins, in Masked Mycotoxins in Food: Formation, Occurrence and Toxicological Relevance. Edited by Chiara Dall’Asta and Franz Berthiller, Published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-972-6, DOI:10.1039/9781782622574

E. Wielogórska, S. MacDonald and C.T. Elliott (2016) A review of the efficacy of mycotoxin detoxifying agents used in feed in light of changing global environment and legislation. World Mycotoxin Journal, 2016; 9 (3): 419-433

F. Berthiller, C. Brera, C. Crews, M.H. Iha, R. Krska, V.M.T. Lattanzio, S. MacDonald, R.J. Malone, C. Maragos, M. Solfrizzo, J. Stroka and T.B. Whitaker (2016) Developments in mycotoxin analysis: an update for 2014-2015. World Mycotoxin Journal, 2016; 9 (1): 5-29.

Events past and future

June 2016: Attended World Mycotoxin Plant Toxin Forum, Winnipeg, Canada          

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Susan and her team work with customers to deliver the following services within Fera...

Mycotoxins analysis using a range of methods but mostly HPLC (high-performance liquid chromatography) and GCMS (gas chromatography–mass spectrometry).

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