Can seed systems contribute to mycotoxin control?

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Abstract

Mycotoxins, toxins produced by fungi, are threatening millions of people in developing countries. Consumption of mycotoxin-contaminated maize can cause cancer and even sudden death. Infection with mycotoxigenic fungi is required for mycotoxin production to occur. Infection can take place by seed-to-seedling transmission when seeds are infected. Seed samples are often heavily infected with mycotoxigenic fungi. We carried out a risk analysis of infection with mycotoxigenic fungi in formal and informal seed systems. A schematic overview of the maize value chain is presented to identify key risks and opportunities in the formal and informal seed system. A range of potential control measurements is discussed based on criteria for effective and sustainable control. Finally, an integrated approach is recommended based on control measures in the seed system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Congress of Plant Pathology: Bio-security, food safety and plant pathology, 25-30 August 2013, Beijning, China
Pages363-363
Volume43
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event10th International Congress of Plant Pathology: Bio-security, food safety and plant pathology, 25-30 August 2013, Beijing, China -
Duration: 25 Aug 201330 Aug 2013

Conference

Conference10th International Congress of Plant Pathology: Bio-security, food safety and plant pathology, 25-30 August 2013, Beijing, China
Period25/08/1330/08/13

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