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Aflatoxin - fighting an invisible killer

Poison producer
  • Poison producer
  • Danger in field and store
  • Afflicting health and trade
  • Post-harvest protection
  • Technical solution
  • Fighting fungus with fungus
  • Heading for the field
  • Spreading safety
  • Measuring the impact
  • Scaling up and out

Poison producer

Aspergillus flavus, a fungus commonly found growing on food crops in sub-Saharan Africa, poses a major threat to health in the region. Tasteless, invisible 'aflatoxins' produced by the fungus can enter the food chain unnoticed, with long-term exposure leading to cancer and liver disease.

picture credit: © IITA



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