|Title: Biological Control for Aflatoxin in Corn|
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Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have discovered a nontoxic Aspergillus flavus strain, called “K49,” for controlling aflatoxin contamination in corn. Aflatoxin outbreaks lower corn’s market value—causing several hundred million dollars in crop losses annually in the southern
Companies that manufacture agricultural chemicals could use this technology. Field trials are needed to test for specific commercial applications and technology scale-up. In addition, Environmental Protection Agency approval will be needed to use this technology as a fungicide in corn. The current invention is a solid formulation used in ground applications before flowering. The researchers are developing a liquid formulation for foliar application.
Please refer to S.N. 11/033,352 (Docket #0142.04), “Biocontrol of Aflatoxin in Corn by Inoculation with Non-Aflatoxigenic Aspergillus Flavus Isolates,” filed on
Hamed K. Abbas Robert M. Zablotowicz
Crop Genetics and Production Research Southern Weed Science Research
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