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A toxin produced by a fungus.
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(Elements & Compounds) any of various toxic substances produced by fungi some of which may affect food and others of which are alleged to have been used in warfare. See also aflatoxin, yellow rain
ˌmycotoxˈology n
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(ˌmaɪ koʊˈtɒk sɪn)

a toxin produced by a fungus.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mycotoxin - a toxin produced by a fungus
aflatoxin - a potent carcinogen from the fungus Aspergillus; can be produced and stored for use as a bioweapon
phytotoxin, plant toxin - any substance produced by plants that is similar in its properties to extracellular bacterial toxin
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Poliscenskaa, "Relationship between lutein and mycotoxin content in durum wheat," Food Additives and Contaminants-Part A Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure and Risk Assessment, vol.
The study, carried out at the Beirut Arab University's Nutrition Department, found that a toxin produced by some species of fungi or mold, called mycotoxin, was "widespread" in prevalent spices and herbs.
Mould incidence and mycotoxin contamination in maize kernels from Swat Valley, North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.
Corn is widely utilized as a ensiling material throughout the world, and corn plants in the field can be contaminated with fungi and mycotoxin formation may occur under unfavorable conditions, such as high temperature and drought stress.
Mycotoxin contamination is a food and feed safety issue, certainly for grains and other staple crops.
Aflatoxin is the most frequently reported Mycotoxin (26,30,37).
This project was designed to evaluate the impact of two commercial mycotoxin binders (MycotoxA(r) and MycofixA(r) Plus 3.0) on the humoral immunity, lymphoid organs and growth performance of broilers.
Through their mycotoxin metabolites, pathogenic fungi can reduce the efficacy of the immune system by suppressing multiple different components of it.
[USPRwire, Mon Sep 24 2018] The report " Mycotoxin Testing Market by Type (Aflatoxins, Ochratoxin A, Patulin, Fusarium Toxins), Technology (HPLC-Based, LC-MS/MS-Based, Immunoassay-Based), Food Tested (Feed & Food), and Region - Global Forecast to 2022", The mycotoxin testing market is projected to reach USD 1.56 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 6.0% from 2016 to 2022.
The use of insect protected corn is already improving feed quality by decreasing mycotoxin contamination.
Summary: Ochratoxin A (OTA) is the second most important and naturally occurring mycotoxin after aflatoxin produced as a secondary metabolite by 8 kinds of Aspergillus and 6 species of Penicillium, which can contaminate a wide variety of food and feedstuffs.