n AFMA Matrix - Maize Trust sponsors mycotoxin research network - feed science

Volume 26 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1236-3456
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The supply of high-quality, healthy maize is a national priority, since the crop represents the staple food of many South Africans. Maize is additionally of great importance as feedstock in the livestock and poultry industries. Most cereal grains, oilseeds, tree nuts, fruits and dehydrated fruits are susceptible to contamination by mycotoxin-producing fungi during the preharvest (production), postharvest (storage) and processing stages. These fungi have the ability to produce hazardous toxins, called mycotoxins such as fumonisins, aflatoxins, zearalenone (ZEN), ochratoxins, trichothecenes [deoxynivalenol (DON) and nivalenol (NIV)] and diplodia toxins (diplonine).

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