Special Issue "Occurrence, Toxicity and Mitigation of Aflatoxins"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021).
Interests: mycology; the comprehension of biotic and abiotic mechanisms leading to mycotoxin production; strategies that can be used to limit food contamination; identification of natural compounds able to specifically block toxin production; identification of natural compounds that could be used as alternatives to pesticides in the development of sustainable strategies to improve food safety; the emergence of new mycotoxins (Aflatoxin B1, stachybotriotoxins) in Europe due to climate change
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Among the hundreds of known mycotoxins, aflatoxins are probably the most important due to their toxic effects (carcinogenic in humans), their wide and increasing distribution subsequent to climate changes, and their economic consequences (withdrawal of food batches due to international regulations).
The toxicity of these contaminants (carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic to the immune system) requires that consumer exposure be limited as much as is achievable. However, the implementation of relevant risk management measures is based on occurrence data to identify which foods can be contaminated, at what levels, and in which conditions. The knowledge of the possible effects according to the level of exposure is also a key, especially when such contaminants co-occur with other mycotoxins and/or other foodborne contaminants or pathogens that may modify their initial toxicity or already known dose–effect relationships due to synergistic or antagonistic effects. Finally, it is of great importance to identify ways to protect consumers from these food contaminants by limiting the contamination. Indeed, as for all mycotoxins, climate is a key parameter in aflatoxin synthesis and unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly less predictable. In contrast, favorable conditions for aflatoxins synthesis are appearing in regions that used to be considered as free of them. Therefore, it is of major importance to identify new strategies to limit the synthesis of these contaminants by using sustainable and eco-friendly approaches.
The focus of this Special Issue of Toxins will be on collecting data on the occurrence of aflatoxins in foods and feeds, new data on their toxicity (especially when co-occurring with other pathogens or contaminants), and ways to mitigate these contaminants by limiting contamination.
Prof. Jean-Denis Bailly
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