Special Issue "Biocontrol Agents and Natural Compounds against Mycotoxinogenic Fungi"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2020).
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Mycotoxins are fungal secondary metabolites and have deleterious effects on humans, animals, and plants. More than one hundred mycotoxins are known which contaminate food and feed raw materials. Fungal infection and mycotoxin contamination can occur at a pre- or post-harvest stage of production. Given the proven toxicity of mycotoxins and their widespread distribution, it is necessary to develop methods that prevent their occurrence in food and feed. To limit mycotoxin contamination, several techniques could then be adopted either in fields or during storage of harvested goods. These techniques can either directly target fungal development or work to limit mycotoxin levels. Until very recently, phytopharmaceutical products were favored to limit mycotoxin contamination. Nonetheless, the sanitary and environmental impacts of these products and their effects on food quality encourage the development of alternative strategies based on biocontrol agents or natural compounds.
The focus of this Special Issue of Toxins is to gather the most recent advances related to reducing mycotoxin contamination in food and feed using biocontrol agents and natural compounds. In this context, two main types of approaches could be proposed: Preventive methods that could be applied in the field or during storage and acting directly on fungal development and/or on mycotoxin production and curative methods that aim to detoxify contaminated matrices by eliminating the produced mycotoxin. Particular attention will be devoted to deciphering the mode of action of the proposed biocontrol strategies.
Prof. Florence MATHIEU
Dr. Selma P. SNINI
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- Mycotoxigenic fungi
- Biocontrol agents
- Natural compounds
- Preventive approaches
- Curative approaches