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Biological Control of Aflatoxins in Burkina Faso for Improved Food Security

Investigators
Cotty, Peter
Institutions
USDA - Agricultural Research Service
Start date
2010
End date
2013
Objective
Develop methods to manage aflatoxins in maize production with emphasis on techniques that are useful in the U.S. and Africa. To select and characterize optimal biological control agents for the prevention of aflatoxins in maize and rotation crops and to develop protocols for optimization of biological control of aflatoxin contamination.
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Approach: In collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the African Agricultural Technology Foundation, and collaborators in the target country, biological control agents will be selected, characterized, and assessed for efficacy. Researchers and students from target countries will be trained and provide the majority of the research labor. Strains will be evaluated in laboratories and in field tests in Africa. The use and optimization of mixtures of biological control agents will be determined; optimal procedures for effecting both single season and long-term reductions in contamination in diverse agronomic systems including monocropping, co-cropping, and rotation cropping systems will be utilized. Inexpensive methods for production and dissemination of agents and optimal agronomic practices for reducing contamination with the biological controls will be developed.
Funding Source
Agricultural Research Service
Project source
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Project number
6054-42000-022-08T
Accession number
420584
Categories
Mycotoxins
Food Defense and Integrity