Submitted to: Mycopathologia
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/3/2006
Publication Date: 8/31/2006
Citation: Bayman, P., Baker, J.L. 2006. Ochratoxins: a global perspective. Mycopathologia. the Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers 162: 215-223 Interpretive Summary: The ochratoxin manuscript discusses recent research on this mycotoxin with an emphasis on the work done on coffee. Contamination of other commodities is also discussed regarding the molds and the regulatory situations involved.
Technical Abstract: Ochratoxins have been overshadowed by more famous mycotoxins, but they are gaining in importance. Here we consider ochratoxins in the context of aflatoxins, which are better understood than ochratoxins on many levels. We review recent work on taxonomic distribution of ochratoxin producing molds, contamination of commodities, biosynthesis, toxicity and regulatory aspects of ochratoxins. We focus on ochratoxins in coffee, since coffee is becoming a key commodity in ochratoxin research and regulation.