Aflatoxins are responsible for damaging up to 25% of the world’s food crops, resulting in large economic losses in developed countries and human and animal disease in under-developed ones. In addition to aflatoxins, the presence of other mycotoxins, particularly fumonisins, brings additional concerns about the safety of food and field supplies. There has not been a comprehensive, single source guide to synthesize the most up-to-date information on this issue – until now.
Aflatoxin and Food Safety presents the latest information available in aflatoxin research and control. The editor – a leading author, educator, and speaker on mycotoxin – has synthesized chapters from internationally renowned experts into a single comprehensive resource. The text considers the worldwide impact of aflatoxins and describes recent advances in research on aflatoxin production, analysis, and toxicology. It also examines the strategies used in controlling aflatoxin production in crops, including the development of crop resistance to aflatoxin by such methods as conventional breeding and genetic engineering. In its final section, the book discusses the post-harvest management of aflatoxin in contaminated foods and feeds.
An ideal resourcefor those involved in a variety of biological, biomedical, and agricultural fields, Aflatoxin and Food Safety aggregates the aflatoxin research completed by the world’s finest scientists over the last 15 years in a thorough and accessible format.
Table of Contents
The Costs of Mycotoxin Management in the United States, Jane Robens and Kitty Cardwell
Aflatoxin and Food Safety: Recent African Perspectives, Gordon S. Shephard
Aflatoxin and Food Safety: Recent South American Perspectives, Vildes M. Scussel
Aflatoxins in Maize: A Mexican Perspective, Javier Plasencia
Worldwide Regulations on Aflatoxins, Hans P. van Egmond and Marco A. Jonker
Ecology and Population Biology of Aflatoxigenic Fungi in Soil, Bruce W. Horn
The Sterigmatocystin Cluster Revisited: Lessons from a Genetic Model, Tami McDonald, Tom Hammond, Daan Noordermeer, Yong-Qiang Zhang, and Nancy Keller
Unlocking the Secrets Behind Secondary Metabolism: A Review Of Aspergillus flavus from Pathogenicity to Functional Genomics, Kimberly A. Scheidegger and Gary A. Payne
Progress in Elucidating the Molecular Basis of the Host Plant–Aspergillus flavus, Interaction: A Basis for Devising Strategies To Reduce Aflatoxin Contamination in Crops, Thomas E. Cleveland, Jiujiang Yu, Deepak Bhatnagar, Zhi-Yuan Chen, Robert L. Brown, Perng-Kuang Chang, and Jeffrey W. Cary
Epidemiology of Aflatoxin Exposure and Human Liver Cancer, Jia-Sheng Wang and Lili Tang
Risk of Exposure to and Mitigation of Effects of Aflatoxin on Human Health: A West African Example, Kitty F. Cardwell and Sara H. Henry
Advances in Sampling and Analysis for Aflatoxins in Food and Animal Feed, John Gilbert and Eugenia A. Vargas
Recent Developments in Immunochemical Methods, Chris M. Maragos
The Case for Monitoring Aspergillus flavus Aflatoxigenicity for Food Safety Assessment in Developing Countries, W. Thomas Shier, Hamed K. Abbas, Mark A. Weaver, and Bruce W. Horn
Application of Technology of Gene Expression in Response to Drought Stress and Elimination of Preharvest Aflatoxin Contamination, Baozhu Z. Guo, C. Corley Holbrook, Jiujiang Yu, Dewey R. Lee, and Robert E. Lynch
Biological Control of Aflatoxin Crop Contamination, Joe W. Dorner
Breeding Corn To Reduce Preharvest Aflatoxin Contamination, Javier Betrán, Tom Isakeit, Gary Odvody, and Kerry Mayfield
Enhancing Maize with Resistance to Aspergillus flavus Infection and Aflatoxin Accumulation, W. Paul Williams, Gary L. Windham, and Paul M. Buckley
Identifying Sources of Resistance to Aflatoxin and Fumonisin Contamination in Corn Grain: History and Progress from the University of Illinois, Michael J. Clements and Donald G. White
Techniques Used To Identify Aflatoxin-Resistant Corn, Gary L. Windham, W. Paul Williams, Paul M. Buckley, Hamed K. Abbas, and Leigh K. Hawkins
Marker-Assisted Breeding for Host Resistance to Mycotoxin Contamination, Leilani A. Robertson, Gary A. Payne, and James B. Holland
Prevention of Preharvest Aflatoxin Contamination:
Integration of Crop Management and Genetics in Corn, Baozhu Z. Guo, Neil W. Widstrom, Dewey R. Lee, David M. Wilson, and Anton E. Coy
Bt Corn and Mycotoxin Reduction: An Economic Perspective, Felicia Wu, J. David Miller, and Elizabeth A. Casman
Advances in Reducing Aflatoxin Contamination of U.S. Tree Nuts, Bruce C. Campbell, Russell J. Molyneux, and Thomas F. Schatzki
Strategies for Insect Management Targeted Toward Mycotoxin Management, Patrick F. Dowd, Eric T. Johnson, and W. Paul Williams
Chemical Detoxification of Aflatoxins in Food and Feeds, Joan M. King and Alfredo D. Prudente, Jr.
Feedborne Mycotoxins in Aquaculture Feeds: Impact and Management of Aflatoxin, Fumonisin, and Moniliformin, Bruce B. Manning, Menghe H. Li, and Edwin H. Robinson Index
“This volume on aflatoxins is both timely and authoritative. There is an impressive list of authors and the breadth of topics in this book is both appropriate and welcome. Aflatoxins, as toxic natural metabolites, present a serous health hazard which can be avoided in some countries by simply not eating foods that are contaminated. That approach is not a luxury available to everyone in the world. There is a need for the setting of limits of contamination and, then, detection and quantification of aflatoxins. The development of crops that might have resistance to colonization by aflatoxin-producing fungi, or development of agricultural practices that restrict aflatoxigenesis are also important topics. … These are all very important topics that re well covered in this book.”
— David Archer and Heather Lee, University of Nottingham, in Microbiology Today, November 2005
"This reference book is a great addition to researchers in the agriculture and mycology field."
– Anna R. Oller, Department of Biology & Earth Science, University of Central Missouri, in Inoculum, May 2007, Vol. 58, No. 3