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Research Project: Control of Aflatoxin Production by Targeting Aflatoxin Biosynthesis

Location: Food and Feed Safety Research

Title: Mycotoxins: significance to global economics and health

Author
item Moore, Geromy

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/23/2015
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Mycotoxins are fungal metabolites produced my micro-fungi (molds and mildews) that have significant impacts on global economics and health. Some of these metabolites are beneficial, but most are harmful and have been associated with well-known epidemics dating back to medieval times. The terms ‘mycotoxin’ and ‘mycotoxicosis’ are not always used accurately as some associate them with all fungi, so a clarification of the vocabulary associated with fungal toxins will be given. An overview of the more important mycotoxins will be discussed, along with their historical importance and their global impacts on economics and health. In addition, some information will be offered relating to current research into mitigating their negative impacts; and, if possible, promoting their potential as beneficial compounds.