Storage of Midwest corn causing mycotoxin concerns

2016 brought a bumper corn harvest thanks to favorable weather conditions throughout the U.S. that resulted in a record amount of corn available for export. However, with the good also comes the bad. Because such a large amount of corn was produced, a large amount also had to be stored — typically in outside piles […]

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Animal Science

Scientists looking for producers to participate in beef genomic trial – Alberta Farmer The project is part of the effort to use genomics to select cattle with improved feed efficiency […]

IARC urges action against mycotoxin contamination

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is urging action against mycotoxin contamination in developing countries after a recent review of the health effects associated with consuming aflatoxins and fumonisins was completed. This review found stronger evidence than ever before that mycotoxin contamination leads to stunted growth in children and has a much greater […]

Aflatoxins threaten Africa’s food supply

Africa faces several food supply issues caused by various events from drought to flooding to conflict and more. One of the most constant threats to the continent’s food supply, however, are foodborne toxins known as aflatoxins.

As discussed in a recent article, aflatoxins are produced by fungus that grows on crops such as corn and […]