During the last day of the World Mycotoxin Forum in Bangkok the main outcome of the conference was summarised, providing an insight into the mycotoxin situation in Asia.
Prof Rudolf Krska of BOKU University, Austria and Prof Chris Elliott of Queen’s University, Northern Ireland, both chairs of the conference, summerised the conference in top 5 answers learned:
1. Asia remains at high risk of aflatoxin contamination with changing contamination levels including increased Fumonisin and ZEA contamination and considerable co-contamination.
2. Inter and intra-region research network collaboration and capacity building in the ASEAN region is needed to increase awareness of mycotoxins and to mitigate the issue.
3. Monitoring mycotoxin contamination of crops, foods & beverages and human biomonitoring using mycotoxin biomarkers are important for exposure assessment in ASEAN countries.
4. Minimising mycotoxin contamination is not only about technology, behavioural changes & sustained efforts on a daily basis are needed.
5. Implementation of multi-mycotoxin monitoring programs with product traceability across the supply chain.
Takumi Okano of Azabu University, Japan, and Chenxi Zang of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China, both won a best poster award.
Takumi Okano conducted an expression analysis of candidate genes for citreoviridin biosynthesis in Penicillium citreonigrum.
Chenxi Zang conducted an morphological and transcriptomic analysis of the inhibitory effects of Lactobacillus plantarum on Aspergillus flavus growth and aflatoxin production.
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