Topical Collection "Strategies to Minimising Mycotoxin Contamination in Foods and Feeds"

A topical collection in Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651). This collection belongs to the section "Mycotoxins".

Editors

Dr. Mar Rodriguez Jovita
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Food Hygiene and Safety, Meat and Meat Products Research Institute, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Extremadura, Avenida de las Ciencias s/n 10003-Caceres, Spain
Interests: Technological and toxicological evaluation of microorganisms in meat products, Strategies to control toxigenic moulds, Real-time PCR methods to quantify microorganisms and analyse gene expression
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Dr. Félix Núñez
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Food Hygiene and Safety, Meat and Meat Products Research Institute, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Universidad de Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain
Interests: Technological and toxicological evaluation of microorganisms in meat products; Strategies to control toxigenic moulds in meat products; Mechanisms of action of antifungal agents against toxigenic moulds
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Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Contamination of foods and agricultural commodities by toxigenic fungi represents a significant hazard to consumer health and, is a major concern in food safety. Moulds naturally present in foods can produce mycotoxins and contaminate foodstuffs under favourable conditions of temperature, relative humidity, pH and nutrient availability.

Mycotoxins are in general stable molecules, difficult to remove from foods and feeds once they have been produced. On the other hand, there are compounds with very different toxic properties, and in addition to the most common mycotoxins, such as aflatoxins, DON, fumonisins, ochratoxins, zearalenone, etc., other mycotoxins such as eniantins, beauvericin, cyclopiazonic acid, sterigmatocystin, citrinin, etc. are emerging.

Their presence in foods and feeds is a recurrent problem and may also lead to significant economic losses, and the prevention of mycotoxin contamination is one of the main goals of agriculture and food industry. Therefore, the food safety demands permanent efforts on research for exploring new strategies to minimise mycotoxin contamination.

The aim of this topical collection is to gather the most recent research that provide data about effective strategies to prevent or reduce the presence of major and emerging mycotoxins in foods and feeds, including, but not limited to: biocontrol strategies including microorganisms producing of antifungal compounds, or able to compete for space and nutrients, studies about mechanisms of action of antifungal agents, detoxification technologies such as chemical removal, physical binding, or biological degradation of mycotoxins, and improved packaging materials.

Dr. Mar Rodriguez Jovita
Dr. Félix Núñez
Collection Editors

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Keywords

  • Mycotoxins
  • Emerging mycotoxins
  • Food and feed
  • Biocontrol
  • Biological detoxification
  • Chemical detoxification
  • Physical detoxification
  • Improved packaging materials

Published Papers (1 paper)

2019

Open AccessReview
Use of Competitive Filamentous Fungi as an Alternative Approach for Mycotoxin Risk Reduction in Staple Cereals: State of Art and Future Perspectives
Toxins 2019, 11(12), 701; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxins11120701 - 02 Dec 2019
Abstract
Among plant fungal diseases, those affecting cereals represent a huge problem in terms of food security and safety. Cereals, such as maize and wheat, are very often targets of mycotoxigenic fungi. The limited availability of chemical plant protection products and physical methods to [...] Read more.
Among plant fungal diseases, those affecting cereals represent a huge problem in terms of food security and safety. Cereals, such as maize and wheat, are very often targets of mycotoxigenic fungi. The limited availability of chemical plant protection products and physical methods to control mycotoxigenic fungi and to reduce food and feed mycotoxin contamination fosters alternative approaches, such as the use of beneficial fungi as an active ingredient of biological control products. Competitive interactions, including both exploitation and interference competition, between pathogenic and beneficial fungi, are generally recognized as mechanisms to control plant pathogens populations and to manage plant diseases. In the present review, two examples concerning the use of competitive beneficial filamentous fungi for the management of cereal diseases are discussed. The authors retrace the history of the well-established use of non-aflatoxigenic isolates of Aspergillus flavus to prevent aflatoxin contamination in maize and give an overview of the potential use of competitive beneficial filamentous fungi to manage Fusarium Head Blight on wheat and mitigate fusaria toxin contamination. Although important steps have been made towards the development of microorganisms as active ingredients of plant protection products, a reasoned revision of the registration rules is needed to significantly reduce the chemical based plant protection products in agriculture. Full article
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