Special Issue "Biomonitoring of Mycotoxins"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.
Interests: risk/exposure assessment of mycotoxins; biomonitoring studies; monitoring plans on mycotoxins
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The One Health approach linking the triad of environment–food–human beings is a promising frontier in getting information on the sources of the complex mixture of chemicals to which people are daily exposed.
With the aim to assess human exposure to contaminants and to raise the level of information on the association of their toxic effects on public health, human biomonitoring studies represent a valuable approach complementary to the classic estimates of exposure based on food consumption. Biomarkers have been employed as a tool for the assessment of the intake of a food contaminants over a number of years with success, since their measurement may give evidence of the consumption of contaminated food. Among contaminants, mycotoxins represent one of the most challenging burdens to the above-mentioned triad entailing environmental, agronomic, economic, health, and ethical aspects.
Biomonitoring studies on mycotoxins have been increasing considerably during the last 10 years. However, a lack of harmonization in the experimental settings and design, in the definition of performance criteria of analytical methods, and in the data collection is still present in combination with scarce information on the physiological data of excretion of validated biomarkers. These drawbacks make the exploitation of these data difficult in an exposure assessment context. Conversely, they have indubitable advantages for measuring exposure over time, for estimating exposure directly, and for assessing individual estimates (especially for specific subpopulations, e.g., vegetarians, Celiacs).
From the above, with the aim to contribute to making a step forward in the reliability of human and animal exposure assessment, this Special Issue will preferentially consider for publication recent papers on biomonitoring of mycotoxins dealing with the acquisition of crucial knowledge to improve the reliability of human and animal exposure assessment.
Dr. Carlo Brera
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- Mycotoxins (or the single ones, aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, fumonisins, T2/HT2 toxins, zearalenone, deoxynivalenol)
- Biological fluids
- Exposure assessment
- Risk assessment