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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Food and Feed Safety Research


        Research directed towards;

  • Using a molecular approach to gain fundamental understanding of the regulation of aflatoxin biosynthesis at the gene level.
  • Characterization of antifungal compounds and genes governing production of antifungal compounds for use in biotechnological applications to control toxin-producing fungi or other fungi that reduce the quality and safety of foods and feeds.
  • Elucidation of the mechanisms governing expression of genes/enzymes which govern aflatoxin synthesis during the plant-fungus interaction.
  • Manipulation of agroecosystems involving complex interactions between the toxin-producing fungus, other endemic microflora and the crop plant to reduce levels of fungus and/or toxin in field environments.
  • Characterization of the mechanisms of induction of isoflavonoids in legumes and phytoestrogen activities of these compounds in animal systems.
  • Integration of research information into practical procedures for assuring a safe, domestic supply of food and feed.


Last Modified: 8/12/2016
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