Mycotoxins as a Deteriorating Factor in Stored Crops

  • Palle Krogh
Part of the Nato Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 46)


Mycotoxins are secondary fungal metabolities which by ingestion in man and animals cause intoxication, termed mycotoxicosis. Already in 1968 more than 100 toxin-producing mold species were known (1), mainly belonging to the fungal genera Aspergillus, Penicillium and Fusarium, and this list has since been considerably extended. Information on occurrence of mycotoxins in foodstuff is however limited, and survey data are only available for a few mycotoxins. Similarly the number of recognized mycotoxicoses in domestic animals is limited and amounts to less than ten, and in man even fewer mycotoxicoses are known. Thus four mycotoxins or groups of mycotoxins were considered to be causally associated with disease in humans, proven or hypothetically, according to a recent publication by the World Health Organization (2). These mycotoxins have been selected for detailed description in this chapter.


Meat Inspection Aspergillus Parasiticus Mycotoxin Contamination Aspergillus Ochraceus Primary Liver Carcinoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Palle Krogh
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary MicrobiologyPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyRoyal Dental CollegeCopenhagenDenmark

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