Overview and Future Prospects of Aflatoxin Research at ICRISAT

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26 September 2014

Abstract :
Aflatoxin contamination of food crops is one of the most agriculturally important problems in the world. Perhaps, this is one of the most focused research areas of several advanced research institutions, CGIAR centers and NARS of several countries. Public health implications due to aflatoxins, the secondary metabolites produced by toxigenic molds Aspergillus flavus, is a global concern. Keeping in view of its growing threat and health hazards on humans and animals, ICRISAT has always been in the forefront in contributing to mitigate this menace especially in groundnut and made a remarkable progress. For over three and half decades, ICRISAT’s aflatoxin research is spear-headed by a number of excellent scientists based in Asia and SSA.

Dr. Waliyar delivered a seminar on “Overview and future prospects of aflatoxin research at ICRISAT” highlighting his research outputs, salient findings and management strategies in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The 2nd part of his presentation focused on the new opportunities, looking ahead he introduced and discussed the outline of a new concept note that was prepared in collaboration of several scientists.

@ 31:00 Dr. Waliyar discusses the use of bio control agents of which trichoderma. In this research trichoderma was initially used for composting but in the process it was discovered that it has an anti fungal activity. “Hopefully someone will pick this up”
@ 51:26 – 58:00 Dr. Waliyar discusses the use of Aflasafe. “It is an expensive technology for rich people.” “A different strain has to be developed for each country which takes 4 years.”

On 9-11 October 2013, participants from five CGIAR centres met at Naivasha in Kenya to share about their current activities related to mycotoxin research and to plan for how these different activities might contribute to the next phase of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) mycotoxin research portfolio.



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