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Mycotoxins: Farmers Must Be Vigilant

20 October 2014

ANALYSIS - Mycotoxins can wreak havoc on a producer's feeding program, and this year is no exception, given the cool wet conditions across much of the US Midwest, reports Sarah Mikesell, 5m senior editor.

Doug Taylor, Biomin Key Account Manager, shares Biomin's solutions for mycotoxins as well as how they can affect animal species. 

Mycotoxins are highly toxic secondary metabolic products of mold and can be found on almost all agricultural commodities world wide. They occur under natural conditions in animal feed. According to the FAO, 25 per cent of the world's crop harvests are contaminated with mycotoxins.

There are currently 400 known mycotoxins categorized into six major classes that frequently occur: aflatoxins, trichothecenes, fumonisins, zearalenone, ochratoxin, and ergot alkaloids They are formed by different kinds of fungo and each fungi species can produce more than one mycotoxin.

Sarah Mikesell, Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell, Senior Editor



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