Up in the air — Drones aid in fight against mycotoxins

The appearance of mycotoxins in a field of crops isn’t usually an isolated instance. The toxins, which are produced by fungal growth on plants, can have a widespread presence in any given growing season. When one region suffers through a bad episode with a mycotoxin, nearby areas tend to struggle as well.

That’s why farmers […]

How climate change affects agriculture

Since the creation of our Earth, its climate has seen many changes. Temperatures and humidity have been in flux over millennia; as these change, so do the growing conditions of our crops and the mycotoxin-producing fungi that grow on them.

These changes have significant implications to today’s growers. In the past century, a combination of […]

Online game aims to help in fight against mycotoxins

Game screenshot courtesy the University of Washington

It sounds silly, but on World Food Day 2017 (October 16) a series of computer-based puzzles were introduced centered on the structure of an enzyme that can degrade the deadly mycotoxin aflatoxin.

(A mycotoxin is a naturally occurring toxin produced by mold or fungus growing on crops […]

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 […]

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 […]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report: October 2, 2017

This week, we look at how unseasonably warm temperatures crimped corn crop, and Tony offers a new Tech Tip about equipment calibration. Click here to watch.

Neogen Corporation takes great care to ensure the integrity of the data we collect from many sources across the country. As these data can vary widely, they should NOT […]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report: September 25, 2017

This week, we look at new mycotoxin reports in corn, and hear from dairy feed expert Dr. Dennis Nuzback of Phibro Animal Health. Click here to watch!

Neogen Corporation takes great care to ensure the integrity of the data we collect from many sources across the country. As these data can vary widely, they should […]

Mycotoxins threaten Texas corn crop

Texas is dealing with high amounts of mycotoxins in its corn crop this year, and farmers in neighboring states are being advised to be on the lookout.

Past reports covered in Neogen’s weekly Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Reports have shown high levels of DON, aflatoxin, fumonisins and T-2/HT-2 in new crop corn, and that trend […]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report: September 18, 2017

Click here to watch this week’s Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report, where we continue to examine the effect that hurricanes Harvey and Irma have had on harvest progress. Dr. Gwendolyn Jones also shares tips on the risk of aflatoxin carry-over in high-producing dairy cows.

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Monday links

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

The sniff test of self-recognition confirmed: Dogs have self-awareness — National Research Tomsk State University While domestic dogs have been found to be pretty good at social cognitive tasks, they’ve not yet managed to pass […]