Navigation Links
Experts identify biological control to contain fungus killer in Kenya's maize supply
Date:6/10/2010

Dar es Salaam, 10 June 2010 - As Kenya once again grapples with high levels of aflatoxin contamination, which has rendered at least 2.3 million bags of maize unfit for human and livestock consumption, international experts announced today that they have identified a local non-toxic form of the fungus responsible for aflatoxin that can be used to control contamination through a novel biological control approach, which is entirely safe and effective.

The experts are seeking to form a public-private partnership in Kenya through which the new approach could be widely applied, reducing a major health hazard for the public and preventing huge economic losses for farmers and the government.

The contamination of the country's main staple with aflatoxin, a highly poisonous cancer-causing chemical produced by a fungus scientifically known as Aspergillus flavus, was a result of poor drying and storage of the grain following heavy rainfall near harvest time.

"A. flavus strains are either toxigenic (produce aflatoxin) or atoxigenic (do not produce aflatoxin). Our biocontrol technology makes use of carefully selected atoxigenic strains or the 'good guys' that can safely outcompete and virtually eliminate their toxic relative or 'the bad guys', effectively reducing contamination of the maize grains in fields," said Dr Ranajit Bandyopadhyay, a plant pathologist with the Africa-based International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA),

Dr Peter Cotty of the Agriculture Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS) and Dr Bandyopadhyay have identified biocompetitive strains of the good fungus native to Kenya that can now be used to control aflatoxin contamination in the country.

According to Dr Bandyopadhyay, a single application of this biopesticide 2-3 weeks before maize flowering is sufficient to prevent aflatoxin contamination throughout and beyond a cropping season and even when
'/>"/>

Contact: Kathy Lopez
k.lopez@cgiar.org
Burness Communications
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Leading experts cite poor health and nutrition as major barrier to education in developing world
2. Improving science, technology in Africa is aim as G-8, African, UN experts convene in Berlin
3. Less Arctic ice means higher risks, experts warn
4. Soil, conservation experts to reflect on Hurricane Katrina disaster
5. Now is Africas turn for a green revolution, global experts say
6. Agriculture experts meet in Beijing to examine impacts of food prices and climate change on farmers
7. Experts from Stevens, Merck, publish joint paper, Biosynthetic Studies of Platensimycin
8. Internationally recognized experts presents a complete overview on hydroecology and ecohydrology
9. Leading researchers and experts gather to discuss latest advancements in drug discovery
10. Experts prove the geochemical origin of part of the CO2 emissions in semiarid climates
11. Sudden ecosystem flips imperil worlds poorest regions, say water experts
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/22/2014)... 2014 Holiday Season may be the brightest ever for ... the long anticipated floodgates for consumer biometrics may finally ... phones, tablets, and wearable mobile devices that incorporate biometrics ... with nearly 4.8 billion biometric devices by 2020.   ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... 18, 2014 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/86ncd6/micro_market ) ... North America Perimeter Security Systems Market" report to their ... The North American perimeter security market is estimated to grow ... the U.S. market holds a larger share in this market, ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... 2014   LaunchKey , the first decentralized mobile authentication ... of Things era, today announced the close of $3 ... led by Metamorphic Ventures with participation from ENIAC Ventures, ... others.  LaunchKey has raised $4 million to date, and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):First Season of Holiday Shopping with Mobile Biometric Payments Wraps Up With a Present for Biometrics Industry: A Rosy Forecast for More Than 2 Billion Users of 4.8 Billion Mobile Biometric Devices by 2020 2Micro Market Monitor: North America Perimeter Security Systems Market (Intrusion Detection Sensor, Video Surveillance, Communication/Alarm and Notification, Access Control System) 2Micro Market Monitor: North America Perimeter Security Systems Market (Intrusion Detection Sensor, Video Surveillance, Communication/Alarm and Notification, Access Control System) 3LaunchKey Raises $3 Million in Additional Funding Led by Metamorphic Ventures 2LaunchKey Raises $3 Million in Additional Funding Led by Metamorphic Ventures 3
... has been awarded a $2 million federal grant to ... that can be grown together to create a high-yield, ... National Science Foundation funding for the project begins ... effort will involve growing various combinations of lake algae ...
... rubber-like protein that enables dragonflies, grasshoppers and other insects ... potential uses in medicine, scientists conclude in an article ... evaluates the latest advances toward using a protein called ... Kristi Kiick and colleagues explain that scientists discovered resilin ...
... Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) ... 2013. The election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions ... research, teaching, extension, or administration. The following Fellows will ... Meeting -- which will be held November 10-13, 2013 ...
Cached Biology News:U-M researchers land $2M grant to 'cooperate with nature' on growing algae for energy 2U-M researchers land $2M grant to 'cooperate with nature' on growing algae for energy 3U-M researchers land $2M grant to 'cooperate with nature' on growing algae for energy 4U-M researchers land $2M grant to 'cooperate with nature' on growing algae for energy 5Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 2Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 3Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 4Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 5Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 6Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 7Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 8Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 9Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 10Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 11Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 12Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 13Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 14Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 15Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 16Entomological Society of America announces 2013 fellows 17
(Date:1/23/2015)... Jan. 23, 2015  Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ: ... definitive agreement with Novartis Pharma AG to acquire worldwide ... Phase 3 development.  This agreement is conditional on the closing ... on April 22, 2014, which are expected to close in ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 GEA Niro ... table top laboratory homogenizer, the PandaPLUS 2000, which is ... nanoemulsions , and cell disruption . This compact ... products, fruit juices, liquid food, food additives and ingredients ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... / Rootstown, OH (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 ... platform, announced today that it has received AOAC-PTM Certifications for ... O1O3, O111, O121, and O145; collectively referred to as STEC ... O157, at 1 colony forming unit (cfu) per 325 g ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 22, 2015 Selexis SA, a serial ... Cell Banks (RCBs) used for drug discovery to commercial ... will include Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) data packages. ... biologic manufacturing by ensuring the integrity of the gene, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Array Announces Agreement To Acquire ENCORAFENIB (LGX818) 2Array Announces Agreement To Acquire ENCORAFENIB (LGX818) 3Array Announces Agreement To Acquire ENCORAFENIB (LGX818) 4Array Announces Agreement To Acquire ENCORAFENIB (LGX818) 5Array Announces Agreement To Acquire ENCORAFENIB (LGX818) 6Array Announces Agreement To Acquire ENCORAFENIB (LGX818) 7GEA Niro Soavi Announces the PandaPLUS 2000 Homogenizer for Processing New Applications for Nanoemulsions and Cell Disruption 2Crystal Diagnostics Awarded AOAC-PTM Accreditation for the Rapid Detection of “Big 6” E.coli Food Pathogens 2Selexis Generated Research Cell Banks Now Fully Sequenced Using Next-Generation Sequencing 2
... Ill., Oct. 10 During a hospital,stay, what is ... could,prolong your length of stay? What is the likelihood ... the hospital to improve the,chance of survival? What percentage ... Finding the answers to these important questions can be ...
... Monogram,Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: MGRM ) announced today ... Financial Officer, is,scheduled to present a corporate overview ... 13, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) at,the ... access the live audio broadcast or the subsequent ...
... Oct. 31, 2007 TIME: 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time HOST: Dr. Candace ... Kendle, Chairman ... conduct a telephone conference call and simultaneous webcast Oct. 31,at 8:30 a.m. ... question and answer session will follow. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030429/KNDLLOGO ) ...
Cached Biology Technology:Candid Details on Hospital's Quality of Care Are Now at Your Fingertips - Just Like It Should Be 2Monogram Biosciences to Present at the JMP Securities Healthcare Conference 2Kendle Invites You to Attend Its Third Quarter 2007 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast 2
... personal-sized Thermal Cycler is the ideal instrument for ... range of PCR applications. Get Applied ... Save lab space without sacrificing results. ... Industry-Standard PCR Technology You Can Afford ...
... upgraded micro 10 represents a major advance ... of the benefits of large robotic liquid ... benchtop dispenser. Dispensing accurate volumes ranging from ... 10 has unique advantages not yet found ...
This free-standing laminar flow hood provides a horizontal flow of HEPA-filtered air to create a clean processing area. Air return slots along the front and side edges of the work area enhance system...
... Motic's B3 series of microscopes offer all ... required for laboratory work. Equipped with Koehler ... Contrast (ASC) objectives. The B3 is the ... Siedentopf binocular tube eliminates the need for ...
Biology Products: