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News last update:6 Aug 2012

Online mycotoxins short course has launched a new page featuring a Mycotoxin Short Course with video lectures addressing key challenges related to identifying and dealing with mycotoxins.

The short course deals with regulations, sampling, the most simple and sophisticated ways of testing, and the difficulties that come with them.
A major focus on mycotoxins has taken place in 2010 in the face of the poor quality of the 2009 US corn crop, which impacted not only the domestic market, but also countries that import American grain in Latin America.
Last December, Dr. Trevor Smith, University of Guelph, emphasized, “This fall has all the ingredients for a mess of moulds and mycotoxins. A late harvest, wet weather and high moisture corn have all contributed to the recent reports of mouldy corn across the Midwest.”
There are currently indications that the 2010 wheat crop will be affected with fusarium mycotoxins due to the weather patterns.
In addition to its educational content the website also features an interactive series of videos where specialists from around the world show the different mycotoxins hotspots at the farm level.
These videos are also available on the “KnowMycotoxins Videos” channel on was first launched in English in July 2007. The website, developed in conjunction with global animal health and nutrition company Alltech aims to educate the various market segments in the animal feed industry which are continuously challenged on how to overcome the repercussions of mycotoxins in animal feed.
In the past two and a half years, the website has gone online in six languages (English, Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Hungarian).

Dick Ziggers

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