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Researcher Studies Aflatoxin Poisoning

October 14, 2009

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Aflatoxin is a type of fungal toxin that is generally linked to food-borne illnesses, and even death.  Dr. Ahmad Fakhoury, a plant pathologist, is studying how the toxin is produced, the genetics involves, and what triggers the production.  Fakhoury is working in conjunction with US Department of Agriculture in the area of how aflatoxin impacts corn.  Fakhoury states, "Even a few ears of corn can contain enough toxin so that when you harvest the plant and everything is mixed together, the whole product will be laced with it and may need to be discarded."  Learn more below: