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Research Project: Novel Methods for the Mitigation of Human Pathogens and Mycotoxin Contamination of High Value California Specialty Crops

Location: Foodborne Toxin Detection and Prevention Research

Title: Benzaldehyde use to protect seeds from foodborne fungal pathogens

item Kim, Jong Heon
item Chan, Kathleen - Kathy

Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/12/2022
Publication Date: 10/14/2022
Citation: Kim, J., Chan, K.L. 2022. Benzaldehyde use to protect seeds from foodborne fungal pathogens. Meeting Proceedings. Sciforum-063134. p. 1-21..

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: There is a limited efficacy with conventional seed sanitation methods, directly affecting food safety. The insufficient elimination of mycotoxin-producing fungi contaminating seed surfaces can result in a high mycotoxin contamination. In this study, a new seed sanitation formula was investigated by examining molecules repurposed from United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved food additives as active ingredients. Selected benzo derivatives, previously shown to inhibit mycotoxin production, could function as heat-sensitizing agents when co-applied with a mild heat. The co-application substantially enhanced the efficacy of sanitation against fungi contaminating crop seeds, whereas seed germination rate was unaffected. Therefore, benzo derivative-based heat sensitization developed could be a promising tool to achieve safe and cost-effective pathogen control in agriculture/food production.