Mycotoxins and the 2009 US harvest
As many of you may know, the delay in this year's harvest due to wet weather conditions in the US has caused some serious concerns regarding the quality of grains, as well as possible consequences that this may have for both grain and animal industries.
It seems that this weather has provided some favorable conditions (e.g. high moisture) for mold growth and potential subsequent mycotoxin production. Producers are recommended to take precautionary steps before incorporating this year corn into their animals’ rations.
This is a clear indication that mycotoxins are and will continue to cause considerable economic losses in the agriculture sector including animal production industries. This, in turn, has a massive impact on the global feed market because the US is a major producer of corn for the animal industry.
Additionally, this situation has a huge effect on production costs at poultry farms around the world, and subsequent increases in the cost of their products for human consumption.
- This has an effect on the biofuel industry. How will this industry react?
- How much help can commercially available mycotoxin adsorbents provide?
I hope that colleagues from the industry and academia will share their opinions here.
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