Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

A blog about leading science in peanut and food security.

Video posted of aflatoxin meeting in Brussels

A video of a recent round-table discussion titled “Building a multi-stakeholder approach to mitigate aflatoxin contamination of food and feed” held in Brussels on 25 January is now online. Dozens of experts from Europe, Africa and the U.S., representing the public agencies, the private sector and NGOs attended the one-day…
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Mars, Tata Trusts to work on aflatoxin control in India

Mars has made another partnership to work on aflatoxin control, this time in India. The company announced a collaboration Wednesday, Jan. 6 with the Tata Trusts, one of the oldest and most influential philanthropic organizations in India, to work to find solutions to malnutrition and improving food safety. Mars will…
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Research Spotlight: Dr. Bravo-Ureta

This month’s Research Spotlight within the Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab is Dr. Boris Bravo-Ureta, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut and a Visiting Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Talca in Chile. He is currently leading a project…
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AflaSTOP releases results on storage system tests in Kenya

The AflaSTOP: Storage and Drying for Aflatoxin Prevention project has a new monthly newsletter to keep everyone up to date on the progress of the month. AflaSTOP is a ACDI/VOCA project in Kenya, working to find storage options that impede the growth of aflatoxin and give smallholder farmers a way…
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Q&A with Esther Akoto, MSc. Candidate: Aflatoxin Control Using Composting

Esther Akoto is an MSc student from Ghana mentored by Dr. Jinru Chen in the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of Georgia, Griffin campus. She has been working on control of Aflatoxin contamination in peanuts using composting as part of the Ghana Peanut Value Chain Interventions…
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SciDev.Net: Malawi’s toxic harvest

Floods followed by drought have led to a 30 per cent reduction in Malawi’s maize harvest and left the country facing its most severe food crisis for over ten years. Between now and March, more than two million Malawians will struggle to find enough food, the UN’s World Food Programme…
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Your favorite dish could be the source of cancer

It is not chips or rolex that I am writing about. It is rather maize flour, your favorite ground nut paste and off-the-shelf baby foods that are increasingly conquering our food menus in Uganda. As David Okello, a researcher with the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) and Peanut and Mycotoxin…
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