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African study to assess aflatoxin controls

A study to identify cost-effective control measures to reduce exposure to aflatoxins, funded by the US Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is underway in Kenya and Mali, the newswire, African Science News, reports. It also seeks to analyse the impact of aflatoxin contamination, map areas at highest risk, and disseminate findings to stakeholders and policy makers, the study leader of the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute says. There is a lack of cost-effective ways to test and treat aflatoxin-producing fungi in the region, it adds. Such fungi attack some of the region’s key crops, such as maize and peanuts. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the Indian-based International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) will work on the project.

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