The Immunosuppressive Consequences of Mycotoxins in Livestock and Poultry

The contamination of feedstuffs with mycotoxins poses a serious threat to the health and productivity of livestock and poultry. The toxicological effects of mycotoxins are very diverse as they do not belong to a single class of chemical compounds. Unfortunately, low level contamination can elicit sub-clinical effects that are often not apparent, but they can reduce the overall performance and productivity of those animals, eventually resulting in high economic losses for producers. The biological system where the subclinical effects of mycotoxins are most notable is the immune system.

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