Location: Pest Management and Biocontrol Research
Project Number: 2020-42000-023-026-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Apr 1, 2023
End Date: Mar 31, 2028
Continue development and optimization of aflatoxin biocontrol with non-aflatoxigenic strains of Aspergillus flavus in support of efforts by the tree nut, cotton, and corn industries to reduce crop aflatoxin contamination.
Field and laboratory studies will be conducted to improve/optimize manufacturing and utilization of non-aflatoxigenic-strain based biocontrol products for mitigation of aflatoxin contamination in tree nuts, cotton, and corn. Activities will include development of new biocontrol active ingredients and/or formulations, assistance with registration of new biocontrol active ingredients/formulations, and identification of improved agronomic practices for maximizing the efficacy and reducing the cost of aflatoxin biocontrol product applications.