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Mycotoxins in Aquaculture: Occurrence and Significance

18 January 2017


CANADA - Remarks by Rui Alexandre Goncalves, BIOMIN Holding, Austria, during the aquaculture breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.


Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites produced by molds (Hussein and Brasel, 2001). They are found mainly in agricultural commodities and are produced at various stages e.g. before or after harvest, during transportation or storage. Chemically, mycotoxins display a wide range of structures, differing also in biological effects, e.g. carcinogenic, teratogenic, mutagenic, estrogenic, neurotoxic, or immunotoxic (Abd-Allah et al., 1999, El-Sayed et al., 2009, McKean et al., 2006).


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