Special Issue "Mycotoxins in Food: Origin and Management of Risk"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020).
Interests: mycotoxin producing fungi; molecular diagnostics of mycotoxigenic fungi; mycotoxin biosynthetic genes (OTA, FBs, BEA)
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The reduction of mycotoxin occurrence in the food chain is a primary goal for all scientists researching mycotoxins. However, this aim requires a full understanding of the sources and routes of contamination, as well as inspection and detection accuracy.
Many strategies to prevent mycotoxin contamination of food and animal feed have been developed, both in the field as well as during storage. The use of pre-harvest control strategies (such as resistant/tolerant varieties, crop rotation, biological and chemical agents, harvest time management) and post-harvest applications (including improved drying and storage conditions, use of natural and chemical agents and irradiation) are all important factors in the prevention of mycotoxigenic mold growth and mycotoxin formation in food commodities.
Moreover, since environmental parameters profoundly affect the growth, distribution, and mycotoxin production in fungi, climate change is a new and current issue in the topic of mycotoxins, since new mycotoxin–commodity–geographical area combinations need to be investigated.
This Special Issue will focus on the monitoring and identification of mycotoxin-producing species in different crops; evidence for the emergence of new fungal genotypes with higher levels of aggressiveness and altered mycotoxin production; improving the inspection and analysis of mycotoxins in foods and feeds; developing methods that are more rapid, precise, sensitive, selective, and inexpensive; and combining control methods to yield effective strategies for prevention/reduction of mycotoxin contamination both in the field and/or during storage.
Moreover, new mycotoxin–host plant–geographical area combinations will be considered as they can direct the attention of the scientific community toward new diagnostic tools and deeper knowledge of both the biology and genetics of toxigenic fungi.
Dr. Antonia Susca
Dr. Antonio Moretti
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- analytical methods
- fungal biodiversity
- fungal monitoring