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2010-09-30 19:46:48

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in Athens, Georgia, have reported for the first time that several species of Aspergillus niger, or black aspergilli, are capable of infecting corn and peanuts as endophytes. The researchers also showed that, under laboratory conditions, these species produced mycotoxins. Using a molecular procedure they developed, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) research leader Charles Bacon, microbiologist Dorothy Hinton, and Edwin Palencia, a...

2010-08-11 14:18:43

Individual kernels of wheat and barley can be quickly evaluated for resistance to a damaging scab disease by using near infrared light (NIR) technology, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study conducted in support of a program to safeguard these valuable grain crops. NIR light is partially absorbed by the kernels, creating a type of "fingerprint" scientists can use to detect fusarium head blight, also known as "scab," or its related mycotoxin, called deoxynivalenol, in...

2010-06-11 01:42:23

Scientists offer a natural, safe, and cost-effective solution to prevent future contamination of maize by the killer aflatoxin to secure the food and income of millions of small-scale farmers in Kenya and the rest of Africa. Kenya is again grappling with high levels of aflatoxin contamination that has rendered at least 2.3 million bags of maize unfit for human and livestock consumption and trade, to the dismay of the millions of small-scale farmers that depend on the crop for food and...

2010-04-21 05:00:00

MINNETONKA, Minn., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Syngenta Seeds, Inc. today announced it has received deregulation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the Agrisure Viptera trait. The Agrisure Viptera trait will be combined with the Agrisure 3000GT trait stack to form the new Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack. The introduction of the Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack continues the tradition of the Agrisure Corn Traits system -- providing high-performance traits to growers looking...

2010-01-27 13:39:45

Pistachios, almonds and other popular tree nuts might someday be routinely sprayed with a yeast called Pichia anomala. Laboratory and field studies by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant physiologist Sui-Sheng (Sylvia) Hua have shown that the yeast competes successfully for nutrients--and space to grow--that might otherwise be used by an unwanted mold, Aspergillus flavus. A. flavus and some other Aspergillus species can produce troublesome toxins known collectively as aflatoxins. Hua...

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2010-01-25 09:06:05

Leafy greens can prevent the ill-effects of toxins in foods like peanut butter The age old reminder to always eat your greens isn't just for kids anymore. Not only are the vitamins and minerals good for you, but eating greens could also save your life, according to a recent study involving scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). LLNL researchers Graham Bench and Ken Turteltaub found that giving someone a small dose of chlorophyll (Chla) or chlorophyllin (CHL) "”...

2009-10-21 13:31:11

Finding by UCI scientists could help prevent liver cancer A toxin produced by mold on nuts and grains can cause liver cancer if consumed in large quantities. UC Irvine researchers for the first time have discovered what triggers the toxin to form, which could lead to methods of limiting its production. Because of lax or nonexistent regulation, 4.5 billion people in developing countries are chronically exposed to vast amounts of this toxin, called aflatoxin "“ often hundreds of times...

2009-08-13 08:15:33

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning people not to eat Pidy-brand Pur Mamba peanut butter because it might be contaminated with aflatoxin. The CFIA said the product, made in Haiti, is sold in one-pound plastic containers and was distributed in Quebec. Aflatoxins are a group of toxic compounds produced by certain strains of fungi, officials said. It is a human carcinogen. Consumption of products containing aflatoxin can lead to serious health consequences including liver damage and...

2009-07-21 11:15:04

Trout are better models for cancer research than mice or rats, a leading researcher at Oregon State University said. George Bailey helped found the university's world-class trout research center, which recently completed a study of the effects on tissue of carcinogenic Dibutyl phthalate, used in adhesives, plastics and ink, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Tuesday. Three decades of aquatic study convinced Bailey, 68, that trout are cheaper to raise and care for than rodents, and have...

2009-07-14 09:56:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff is urging Pennsylvania's wheat producers who suspect they may have a low-yield or low-quality crop this year to contact their crop insurance agent or adjuster immediately so that they can sample for the presence of a mycotoxin that has affected grains in other states. Wolff said Pennsylvania's cool and wet conditions this growing season have created an environment where mycotoxins can thrive. The...


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