6218 Aflatoxins Reduce World Food Security

Saturday, February 18, 2012: 2:00 PM
Room 211 (VCC West Building)
Peter J. Cotty , USDA, Tucson, AZ
Aflatoxins are potent toxins produced by fungi during crop infection. These mycotoxins cause cancer, impair human development, and undermine immune function. Contamination is most common in warm production regions and with insufficient mitigation, is particularly troublesome in developing countries. Mitigation tools based on native beneficial fungi have significant potential to prevent contamination and improve food safety and human health across warm crop production regions.
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