Special Issue "Biological Control and Post-Harvest Detoxification of Mycotoxins as Strategies to Reduce the Impact of Mycotoxins"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019).
Interests: Mycotoxins: toxicokinetics; toxicity; binders; modifiers; in vitro; in vivo; food production animals; porcine biomedical model for humans; bioanalysis; biomarkers; cytochrome P450; ABC transporters; impact on infectious diseases.
Veterinary drugs: pharmacokinetics; pharmacodynamics; PK/PD modeling; residues; food safety; bioanalysis
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Interests: plant–pathogen interactions; biocontrol; endophytic fungi; green leaf volatiles (GLVs); biogenic volatile compounds (BVOCs); plant defense priming; plant hormones; phenomics; genome-editing in fungi; plant defense pathways; biodegradation of mycotoxins; mycotoxin prediction and modelling; bioassays to assess toxicity of trichothecenes and their derivatives
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Mycotoxins are inherent to many food and feed products worldwide. Hallmarks of their presence and their impact on animal and human health are encountered throughout history. Ergotism, also known as ‘St. Anthony’s fire’ occurred in several areas in Europe during the tenth century and was caused by the consumption of rye containing ergot alkaloids, produced by the fungus Claviceps purpurea. In 1962, 100,000 turkeys died in the South Eastern area of England of Turkey X disease, linked to aflatoxins from Aspergillus flavus.
Driven by this impact of mycotoxins throughout history, research efforts progressively increased to develop mitigation strategies based on risk monitoring, risk characterization, prevention, intervention and remediation strategies for multiple mycotoxins. However, monitoring and good agricultural, storage and transportation practices along with an effective Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point approach do not completely prevent mycotoxin presence in the food or feed chain.
Therefore, permanent research efforts are needed which explore new strategies to avoid mycotoxin occurrence during growth of the crop or to reduce mycotoxins during later processing. Although chemical control of toxigenic fungi is by far the most efficient, new legislation on a more sustainable and restricted use of fungicides urges for new approaches.
Two interesting strategies to reduce mycotoxins are biocontrol and mycotoxin detoxification. Biocontrol, which is often applied in the field during growth of the crop, comprises the use of living organisms to control a pathogen.
Biocontrol strategies are often not enough to eradicate a pathogenic species, but they control the invader in a way that it becomes manageable. Optimal biocontrol of toxigenic fungal species should not only result in reduced fungal load but should also result in reduced mycotoxin levels.
Mycotoxin detoxification strategies are often applied post-harvest. These strategies comprise several approaches such as chemical removal, physical binding, or biological degradation of mycotoxins.
In the present Special Issue, we welcome both original research and review articles on biocontrol and post-harvest detoxification strategies of the most important mycotoxins.
Prof. Dr. Siska Croubels
Prof. Dr. Kris Audenaert
Manuscript Submission Information
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- chemical detoxification
- physical detoxification
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