article

Could modern high-tech farming eliminate mycotoxins, an old nemesis of agriculture?

It is not often that scientific advances approach complicated problems in such a seemingly fitting way, but such is the case with high-tech farming and mycotoxins.

It is as if high-tech farming is divine intervention; a deus ex machina designed to eliminate most of the parameters that favour fungi-derived infections.

Mycotoxin occurrence is a persistent and complex issue; mycotoxins are secondary fungal metabolites, highly toxic for humans and livestock, and constantly present at every step of the food supply chain.1 Having been around for thousands of years, since the first agricultural revolution and the beginning of food surpluses and storage, they are responsible for loss of life and livestock, serious disabilities and enormous economic losses.2

Send this to a friend