Fen Beed, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Integrated Approaches to Controlling Aflatoxins in Key Staples
Mycotoxins are deadly chemicals produced by naturally-occurring fungi which contaminate key staples crops while in the field and in storage and adversely affect the health of human and livestock. They thrive when crops suffer drought or insect attack in the field, are harvested when conditions are wet and stored in places that are warm and moist with limited free-flowing air and attacked by insects. Integrated approaches to pre- and postharvest control have an important role in reducing contamination.