Study: groundnuts can be made immune to aflatoxin-producing molds

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could train our crops to be resistant to molds that produce mycotoxins, pests and other concerns? Well, scientists are working on that. And they’ve had some success.

Researchers have recently developed groundnuts that can halt the growth of molds that create aflatoxin by producing proteins called defensins that stop […]

Infographic: What do you know about aflatoxin?

Aflatoxin detection seen as key to reduce preventable liver cancer

For several years, scientist Felicia Wu, Ph.D. and her team have been studying cost-effective and feasible aflatoxin prevention methods that have the possibility to prevent future cases of aflatoxin-induced liver cancer around the world.

According to a recently publish article in Nature, aflatoxin is generated by the fungi Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus and is […]

Drought 2012 and aflatoxin: What you need to know

High temperatures and a lack of precipitation aren’t the only issues plaguing farmers this year – the drought also has led to an outbreak of a carcinogenic mycotoxin – aflatoxin.

Aflatoxin is produced by certain strains of the mold Aspergillus, which flourishes in hot and dry conditions such as those created by this summer’s drought. […]

Drought could lead to increased levels of aflatoxin

This summer’s drought has devastated much of what was supposed to be a record corn crop for the U.S.

But it’s not just heat and lack of water that can cause problems for corn farmers; the recent high temperatures and dry conditions also can lead to the growth of certain types of aflatoxin-producing fungus.

Aflatoxin, […]

Report: Drought affecting 56 percent of U.S.

Map courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor

It’s really hot out.

And what’s worse, it’s really dry.

So far, there’s little relief in sight, according to the most recent report of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Most areas throughout the Midwest, Great Lakes, the northern plains, lower Mississippi Valley, mid-Atlantic and southern Texas received only less […]