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Controlling aflatoxins in maize in Africa: strategies, challenges and opportunities for improvement

Code: 9781838791322
Amare Ayalew and Martin Kimanya, Partnership for Afl atoxin Control in Africa, Ethiopia; Limbikani Matumba, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi; Ranajit Bandyopadhayay and Abebe Menkir, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria; and Peter Cotty, USDA-ARS, USA

Chapter synopsis: Maize is subject to pre- and post-harvest contamination with aflatoxins, which are acutely toxic, immunosuppressive, mutagenic, teratogenic and carcinogenic compounds. This chapter describes in detail the current strategies employed for aflatoxin control and the challenges associated with them, including pre- and post-harvest methods of control and prevention. The chapter also addresses the detoxification of aflatoxin-affected maize and the role of policy and raising public awareness in controlling aflatoxins, as well as suggesting lines of future research in this area.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0002.23
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Aflatoxin contamination in maize 3 Pre-harvest aflatoxin control 4 Preventing post-harvest aflatoxin contamination 5 Removing aflatoxin contamination 6 Detoxification 7 Role of policy and public awareness in aflatoxin control 8 Conclusion and future trends 9 Where to look for further information 10 References

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