The presence, in corn and other cereals, of molds that can produce mycotoxins is a serious problem from an health and economic point of view. In particular environmental conditions, such as hot and humid weather, these molds, especially Aspergillus, Penicillium, Fusarium and Alternaria genera, proliferate and may lead to the production of secondary metabolites – mycotoxins – which are hazardous to human and animal health since they are hepatotoxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic.
Food security and preservation are therefore ongoing concerns: it is estimated that about 40% of the food produced worldwide is lost or spoiled.
This Aflatox study opens new opportunities for the development of aflatoxin inhibitors
More efficient farming practices are required and, as a consequence, agrochemicals have become essential to protect the plants from pests, diseases and weeds, and to improve the production of crops.
Flours & pasta
Aflatoxins can contaminate a wide variety of important agricultural products, such as corn and wheat, and strict thresholds are imposed for food consumption since mycotoxin contamination is at the origin not only of mutagenic and theratogenic effects but also of estrogenic, gastroenteric, renal and hepatic disorders.
to be continued