ABSTRACT

Mycotoxins are toxic and/or carcinogenic secondary metabolites produced by fungi on a wide array of agricultural commodities that can cause diseases referred to as mycotoxicoses; the fungi per se are not involved in the disease process. The presence of mycotoxins in agricultural commodities and ensuing mycotoxicoses represent an extremely complex series of interactions between the causative fungi, the contaminated product, physicochemical environmental factors, and the intoxicated host. This complexity is reflected in the difficulty in achieving some measure of control over the problem.