Combating aflatoxins in Africa

You may recall that I blogged about aflatoxins earlier this week.

Aflatoxins are some of the strongest carcinogens known to man.  They are produced by some forms of the Aspergillus fungus and infect approximately 25% of the worlds food crops.  Researchers at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and their partners are using atoxigenic strains of Aspergillus to battle aflatoxin contamination in Africa.


This biocontrol technology can cut aflatoxin contamination by as much as 99%.  The IITA and partners are developing projects for the production, adoption and distribution of country specific biocontrol products that will protect African crops like groundnuts, cassava, yams and maize.

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