Molecular detection of mycotoxin-producing fungi

J. Varga, Beáta Tóth, Ákos Mesterhézy

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Abstract

Spoilage caused by fungi is a serious problem for the food industry because it renders products unacceptable for consumption. Fungi can contaminate foods and feeds at different stages before and after harvesting, processing and handling. The most important aspect of food spoilage is the formation of mycotoxins, which may cause food poisonings. Although traditional morphological and physiological characters are fundamental parameters contributing to the identification of microorganisms in foods and feeds, these criteria may be influenced by environmental conditions. To supplement classical methods, a number of nucleic acid based methods have been developed in the past few years. These methods have the advantage over phenotypic methods that they can give a more accurate amount of fungi than any other methods described, and they are useful also when no spores or other characteristic organs develop. This review attempts to give an overview of the molecular methods developed for direct detection of mycotoxin producing fungi in different foods and feeds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-200
Number of pages8
JournalCereal Research Communications
Volume32
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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Mycotoxins
mycotoxins
Fungi
fungi
Food
methodology
food spoilage
Foodborne Diseases
Food Industry
foodborne illness
Spores
spoilage
Nucleic Acids
nucleic acids
food industry
spores
microorganisms
environmental factors

Keywords

  • Aflatoxins
  • Feed
  • Mycotoxin
  • Ochratoxin A
  • Real-time PCR
  • Trichothecenes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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Varga, J., Tóth, B., & Mesterhézy, Á. (2004). Molecular detection of mycotoxin-producing fungi. Cereal Research Communications, 32(2), 193-200.

Molecular detection of mycotoxin-producing fungi. / Varga, J.; Tóth, Beáta; Mesterhézy, Ákos.

In: Cereal Research Communications, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2004, p. 193-200.

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Varga, J, Tóth, B & Mesterhézy, Á 2004, 'Molecular detection of mycotoxin-producing fungi', Cereal Research Communications, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 193-200.
Varga, J. ; Tóth, Beáta ; Mesterhézy, Ákos. / Molecular detection of mycotoxin-producing fungi. In: Cereal Research Communications. 2004 ; Vol. 32, No. 2. pp. 193-200.
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