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Mycotoxins

Did you know that a typical agricultural commodity contains 30 different metabolites?

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Did you know that in 2014 samples from the Middle East showed the highest average ochratoxin (OTA) concentration worldwide (13 ppb)?

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Did you know that in 2014 78% of samples from Africa were contaminated with zearalenone (ZEN)?

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Did you know that in 2014 67% of samples from South America were contaminated with fumonisins (average level of 1932 ppb)?

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Did you know that in 2014 79% of Asian samples (mostly North Asia) were contaminated with deoxynivalenol (DON)?

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Did you know that in 2014 74% of European samples were contaminated with deoxynivalenol (DON)? Europe also had the highest average concentration of DON (1864 ppb) worldwide.

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Did you know that in 2014 the highest average values for zearalenone (282 ppb) and fumonisins (3352 ppb) were found in North America?

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Did you know that high concentrations of fumonisins can kill a lamb with seven days?

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Did you know that the most important factors for fungal growth and consequently mycotoxin production are temperature and water activity?

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Did you know that historically, ergotism has killed many thousands of people? For instance, over 40,000 deaths attributed to ergot poisoning were recorded in France in 943.*

*Paper: Prescott, L.M., Harley, J.P., and Klein, D.A. 2005. The fungi (Eumycota), slime molds and water molds. In: Microbiology. 5th ed. Prescott, L.M., Harley, J.P., and Klein, D.A., eds. McGraw- Hill, New York, pp. 537–552.

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Did you know that in the case of a complete market penetration of DDGS in swine feed with 20% inclusion without controlling fumonisins, losses may surpass $147 million annually?*

*Paper: Wu, F. and Munkvold, G.P. 2008. Mycotoxins in Ethanol Co-products: Modeling Economic Impacts on the Livestock Industry and Management Strategies. Agric. Food Chem., 56 (11), pp 3900–3911

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Did you know that trichothecenes can have, in addition to health problems and/or economic losses, negative effects on some technological processes such as malting, brewing, fermentation and baking?*

*Paper: Lancova, K., Hajslova, J., Kostelanska, M., Kohoutkova, J., Nedelnik, J., Moravcova, H. and Vanova, M. 2008. Fate of trichothecene mycotoxins during the processing: Milling and baking. Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A: Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment 25 (5) 650-659.

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Did you know that estimated losses due to fescue toxicosis are likely to exceed $1 billion annually in US’ ruminant industry only?*

*Paper: Strickland, J.R., Looper, J.C., Rosenkranz, C.F., Flythe, M.D. and Brown, K.R. 2011. Board-invited review: St. Anthony’s fire in livestock: Cause, mechanism, and potential solutions. J. Anim. Sci. 89:1603-1626.

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Phytogenics

Did you know that bacteria communicate with each other?

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Did you know that phytogenic feed additives are more efficient than antibiotic growth promoters in improving feed intake and body weight gain in calves?

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Did you know that phytogenic feed additives help piglets to make a successful transition to the post-weaning phase?

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Did you know that encapsulation protects essential oils from oxidation and maximizes oil utilization in the gut?

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Did you know that phytogenic feed additives improve intestinal health in broiler chickens?

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Did you know that phytogenic feed additives decrease ammonia, CO2 and odor emissions in swine farms?

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Probiotics

Did you know that bacteria communicate with each other?

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Did you know that multi-species probiotics exert a beneficial effect when sprayed ONTO the chicks in the hatchery?

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Did you know that antibiotics may eliminate pathogens but often do not sufficiently control inflammation?

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Did you know that probiotics, live bacteria, have beneficial mechanisms which will remain unaltered even when the probiotic bacteria are partly inactivated (in the course of feed processing or antibiotic treatment at therapeutic doses)?

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Did you know that shrimp tails can glow due to Vibrio infection?

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Did you know that multi-species beneficial bacteria in aquaculture not only improve gut health of fish and shrimp but also stabilize pond water quality through bioremediation?

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Did you know that it is more difficult to build up and establish a well-balanced microflora for commercial broiler chicks than for wild animals?

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Media

Mycotoxin Survey in US corn: January 2019 update

Our January update from the annual Biomin® PROcheck mycotoxin survey in corn harvested in 2018 includes 378 samples from 29 states. Thus far, clear trends of mycotoxin prevalence and contamination...

Mycotoxin Survey in US corn: December 2018 update

This report is based on 232 samples of 2018 corn harvest from 25 different states.

A Summary of the Research on Fumonisins in Aquaculture

The first article in this issue of Science & Solutions explained the current knowledge on fumonisins in aquaculture. Here is a summary of the research on fumonisins in different aquaculture species....

Science & Solutions No. 62 - Aquaculture

In this issue: Current Knowledge about Fumonisins in Aquaculture; Why You Should Use a Combination of Beneficial Bacteria in Aquaculture; A Summary of the Research on Fumonisins in Aquaculture

Why You Should Use a Combination of Beneficial Bacteria in Aquaculture

The gut is a complex environment and needs support in a number of ways. Expecting maximum colonization from a single strain of beneficial bacteria is optimistic and often unrealistic. Benedict Standen...

Current Knowledge about Fumonisins in Aquaculture

Fumonisins have gained significant recognition in recent years. In 2017, the BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey found that fumonisins were the predominant contaminant in raw material and finished feed samples...


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