Special Issue "Occurrence and Integrated Management of Mycotoxins"

A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651). This special issue belongs to the section "Mycotoxins".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Tsitsigiannis
Guest Editor
Laboratory of Plant Pathology, Department of Crop Science, Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, 11855, Athens, Greece
Interests: mycotoxins; plant pathology; plant-microbe interactions; biological control; food safety; Integrated Management; biosensors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Agricultural products are frequently contaminated by mycotoxins, which cause the degradation of their quantity and quality and pose potential toxic and carcinogenic effects to humans and animals. Advanced integrated mycotoxin management systems are being developed in order to predict and avoid mycotoxin contamination at pre- or post-harvest stage in several crops. Their main principles rely on the combination of different methods such as 1) biological control using, for example, atoxigenic strains, yeasts, and bacteria, 2) chemical control by application of effective plant protection products, 3) application of predictive models for mycotoxin accumulation, 4) deployment of host resistant/tolerant varieties, 5) implementation of good agricultural practices and 5) the use of innovative methods for in time detection of mycotoxin-contaminated samples, such as biosensors and diagnostic tests.

In order to achieve the aim of developing modern methods for mycotoxin management, one of the most essential guidelines is the investigation of the occurrence and the population structure of mycotoxigenic fungi in the field in relation to the ongoing climate changes that can contribute to a comprehensive recording of the existing situation of the fungal dynamics in fields and orchards.

This Special Issue will cover advances in a combination of several strategies in an Integrated Pest Management program in order to manage successfully the mycotoxin(s) contamination of crops at pre- or post-harvest level in the form of original research or review papers. The contribution of Precision Agriculture and the use of smart systems to predict, detect, diagnose, quantify and finally manage mycotoxins in the field by Decision Support Systems are of ultimate importance in the developed IPM strategies. Finally, articles that describe novel tools like nanobody technologies, molecular technologies, hyperspectral imaging in conjunction with the use of drones that can be incorporated in pre-or post-harvest integrated management systems for mycotoxins are encouraged to be submitted. The application of modern integrated management systems can significantly help establishing food safety and security and raise the public health awareness regarding mycotoxins.

Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Tsitsigiannis
Guest Editor

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  • Food safety
  • Mycotoxin occurrence
  • Mycotoxin monitoring
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Biological control
  • Chemical control
  • Host resistance
  • Predictive models
  • Good agricultural practices
  • Smart farming
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Biosensors

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Incentives to Stimulate European Wheat Farmers to Adapt Their Fusarium Species Mycotoxin Management
Toxins 2021, 13(2), 144; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/toxins13020144 - 14 Feb 2021
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Fusarium species infection in wheat can lead to Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) and contamination with mycotoxins. To fully exploit more recent insights into FHB and mycotoxin management, farmers might need to adapt their agronomic management, which can be stimulated through incentives. This study [...] Read more.
Fusarium species infection in wheat can lead to Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) and contamination with mycotoxins. To fully exploit more recent insights into FHB and mycotoxin management, farmers might need to adapt their agronomic management, which can be stimulated through incentives. This study aimed to identify incentives to stimulate European farmers to adapt their agronomic management to reduce FHB and related mycotoxins in wheat. A questionnaire was distributed among 224 wheat farmers from Italy, the Netherlands, Serbia, and the United Kingdom. Using the respondents’ data, Bayesian Network modelling was applied to estimate the probability that farmers would adapt their current agronomic management under eight different incentives given the conditions set by their farm and farmer characteristics. Results show that most farmers would adapt their current agronomic management under the incentives “paid extra when wheat contains low levels of mycotoxins” and “wheat is tested for the presence of mycotoxins for free”. The most effective incentive depended on farm and farmer characteristics, such as country, crop type, size of arable land, soil type, education, and mycotoxin knowledge. Insights into the farmer characteristics related to incentives can help stakeholders in the wheat supply chain, such as farmer cooperatives and the government, to design tailor-made incentive plans. Full article
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