Project

Identification and toxicological assessment of Aspergillus flavus resistant local maize varieties in Kenya

Duration
01 October 2017 → 31 October 2021
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Plant biology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural animal production
    • Agricultural plant production
    • Agriculture, land and farm management
    • Other agriculture, forestry, fisheries and allied sciences
Keywords
Aspergillus flavus aflatoxin aflatrem aflavinine maize toxicology zebra fish
 
Project description

The aflatoxin issue in Kenya will be tackled by the identification of Aspergillus flavus resistant local maize varieties. The planting of resistant maize will offer an immediate strategy to reduce chronic aflatoxin exposure to humans. The toxicological assessment of other secondary mycotoxin metabolites such as aflavinine and aflatrem will be examined by the use of state-of-the-art in vivo zebra fish models.