Zearalenones (ZEA)

Fungal sources

  • Fusarium
  • Gibberella

Affected commodities

Corn (maize), barley, rice, rye, oats, sorghum, soya, wheat

Effects on animals

Reddening and swelling of the vulva and mammary glands, decline in sow prolificacy, reduction in quantity and quality of sperm, feminisation of young males (enlargement of teats, testicular atrophy and swelling of the prepuce).

Embryo death, numerous returns to heat, ovarian cysts.

Poor fertility and hatchability, poor growth of progeny, decline in egg production.