Aflatoxin-resistant corn could save lives in developing countries

Droughts, floods, fire and other natural disasters can wipe out a section of crops in the blink of an eye, but any farmer can tell you that there are plenty of more insidious things to watch out for, like mold that produces crop-ruining mycotoxins.

Now, researchers have made big strides in making corn that is […]

African countries suffer staggering losses each year due to aflatoxins

Aflatoxin is dangerous to both humans and animals, and as technology races to subdue the threat it poses, some parts of the world are still struggling. Millions of people throughout Africa are exposed to unsafe amounts of the mycotoxin every year.

The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) has put out the numbers: $670 […]

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 […]

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 […]