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 […]

Mycotoxins 101, part 1: What are they, and how do we test for them?

The discovery of the mycotoxin aflatoxin in the 1960s led to a boom in scientific and regulatory interest in mycotoxins. When it was found that aflatoxins can be carcinogenic in animals, an urgent need was sparked to facilitate a greater regulation of mycotoxins in food commodities.

But what are mycotoxins?

“Mycotoxins are the toxins produced […]

Learn all about ochratoxin with this infographic

As Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Reports continue, we wanted to take some time and explain what exactly mycotoxins are, what commodities they typically infect, and how various kinds differ from one another. Stay tuned for a new mycotoxin infographic each week!

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. […]

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Canada going to single food safety inspection system – Food Safety News

Canada is looking to streamline its food safety service.

Small Ohio producers first to reap benefits of […]