Making food safe:
Two projects to combat mycotoxin contamination in Tanzania by International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. The second initiative seeks to develop a safe and natural biocontrol technology that can effectively reduce aflatoxin contamination of maize. Aflatoxin is produced by a fungus, Aspergillus flavus. Researchers identifed the naturally occurring non-toxic strains ‘the good fungus’ that can out-compete, displace and drastically reduce the population of their poisonous cousins ‘the bad fungus’. It has been successfully piloted in Nigeria under the name Aflasafe where it has been shown to reduce contamination by up to 99%....Original article submitted by Catherine Njuguna.