Special Issue "Rapid Detection of Mycotoxin Contamination"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.
Interests: environmental and food safety; organic microcontaminants (pesticide residues and mycotoxins); environmental analysis; agricultural ecotoxicology; genetic safety
Mycotoxin contamination in crops, and the subsequent mycotoxin contamination in food and feed is currently a major concern in environmental and food safety, affecting both crop production and animal husbandry. In turn, the rapid detection of mycotoxin levels in food and feed, as well as in other biological and environmental matrices, is of key importance both in mycotoxin monitoring and exposure assessment.
Mycotoxin occurrence in produce is mostly as a result of improper harvest or storage conditions that favour the emergence of toxinogenic fungi (e.g., Fusarium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and other species). Target mycotoxins include the most hazardous aflatoxins, trichothecenes (e.g., T-2, deoxynivalenol), resorcilactones (e.g., zearalenone), fumonisins, and ochratoxins, as well as recently identified compounds (e.g., sterigmatocystin, moniliformin, and others). The meteorological conditions prior to harvest strongly affect fungal growth and mycotoxin production; moreover, climate change also exerts its impact, as toxinogenic fungal strains may now emerge at climatic zones where they could not colonise before.
Our Special Issue of Toxins aims to summarise the importance of mycotoxin detection in various matrices by reporting diverse aspects, hopefully covering a wide range of application, including (but not limited to) the following:
- monitoring the occurrence of mycotoxins in crops and produce, as related to meteorological conditions, including the assessment of the potential effects of climate change trends on mycotoxin occurrence;
- a particular issue related to the abovementioned point is the general and repeatedly refuted allegation of ecological farming, of being a source of mycotoxin contamination because of the prohibition of the use of synthetic fungicides; therefore, the submission of comparative monitoring studies of mycotoxins in conventional and ecological agriculture are welcome;
- decomposition of mycotoxins in biological matrices, because of the effects of natural or artificially accelerated enzymatic conditions;
- effect-based monitoring of mycotoxins in affected animals, as well as veterinary mycotoxin analyses;
- assessment of mycotoxin decontamination methods aiming to suppress emerging mycotoxin poisoning;
- novel or inventive methods of mycotoxin analysis, including chromatography, immunoassay, molecular biology, sensorics, and other means, including novel sample preparation methods (e.g., QuEChERS and immunoaffinity pre-purification);
- methods of toxicological or ecotoxicological assessment, including cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, mutagenicity, and endocrine disruption, combined with chemical analysis.
Prof. András Székács
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxins is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- mycotoxin analysis
- instrumental and immunoanalysis
- endocrine disruption