Toxin profile of WA grain epidemic revealed

Plant pathologists and chemists have identified the mycotoxin profile associated with an isolated outbreak of Fusarium head blight - a disease reducing the yield of grain - in southwestern Australia in 2003. Mycotoxins are poisons produced by fungus; they generally occur on crops.

The findings highlight the ongoing potential threat to WA crops.

Understanding of the range and types of myocotoxins produced from outbreak may also be relevant to regions with similar conditions and cropping practices.

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