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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: INFLUENCES OF AGRONOMIC PRACTICES ON SELECTION OF GENETICALLY DISTINCT ASPERGILLUS FLAVUS DURING CYCLES OF AFLATOXIN CONTAMINATION

Location: Food and Feed Safety Research

Project Number: 6054-42000-022-06
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 15, 2009
End Date: Jul 14, 2014

Objective:
Characterize adaptive differences among aflatoxin-producing fungi in their interactions with host plants and utilize on farm sampling to describe interactions between the life cycle of the causal agent and agronomic practices and in so doing define optimal windows for implementation of biological control and other interventions.

Approach:
Genetic groups identified by ongoing ARS programs will be contrasted in field tests and controlled environment laboratory tests for variation in ability to colonize and decay host tissues using newly developed methods. Host samples from farmer fields in key target regions with severe contamination will be analyzed with novel microbiological assays. Coordination of sampling with farmers will test importance of various agronomic practices on the A. flavus life cycle.

Last Modified: 12/20/2014
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