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Effect of the Timing of Fungicide Application on Fusarium Head Blight and Mycotoxin Contamination in Wheat

Effect of the Timing of Fungicide Application on Fusarium Head Blight and Mycotoxin Contamination in Wheat | Food Policy News | Scoop.it

Fungicide application to control Fusarium head blight (FHB, Fusarium graminearum) and accompanying mycotoxin contamination in wheat is generally performed at anthesis because wheat is most susceptible to FHB around this stage. In this study, we evaluated the effect of the timing of fungicide applicatio. The results and their previous findings suggest that around 20 DAA (late milk stage) is a potentially critical timing for mycotoxin control in wheat.

Plant Disease, Volume 96, Issue 6, Page 845-851, June 2012. By Megumi Yoshida, Takashi Nakajima, Kenta Tomimura, Fumihiko Suzuki, Michiyoshi Arai, and Atsushi Miyasaka, NARO Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Center (NARO/KARC), Kumamoto, Japan

http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-10-11-0819

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EU legislation threatens US agriculture export?

EU legislation threatens US agriculture export? | Food Policy News | Scoop.it

Photo: Fusarium disease on wheat, Endure-network.eu


All about feed.net (Dick Ziggers) reported on how EU legislation threatens US agriculture export.


The European Union (EU) legislation affects US agriculture export only, if products do not comply with the EU food and feed safety legislation. This is why the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begun testing initiative with an audit conducted by the EU's Food and Veterinary Office in October 2011. The results of the prior EU testing showed that the feed from United States was not in compliance with several of the group's antibiotic regulations. 


The testing requirements for all imported agricultural products are listed on the EU's Food and Veterinary Office (FVO)'s website.  After feed is eaten, it becomes our food; and for EU Member States the same level of safety is required as for the import.


In the original article the author describes also a scientific opinion of European Food Safety Agency of tolerance levels for mycotoxins produced by various Fusarium species (plant disease) and their risk to human and animal health posed by grains and grain-based foods.

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