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Cornell University

Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition

Author: Rebecca Nelson

Farmer Research Networks Enable Community-Based Mycotoxin Management in Rural Indian Villages

Abstract CONTEXT Mycotoxins and other food safety and preservation challenges are prevalent in smallholder food systems, and communities often lack the knowledge and capacity required to effectively diagnose and address these concerns. Participatory research can facilitate innovation in resource-poor settings by fostering collective identity and...
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Mycotoxin Surveillance for Low-Resource Settings

Abstract Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by fungi in a wide range of foods (cereals, peanut, tree nuts, dried fruits, coffee, cocoa, grapes, spices…) both in the field and after harvest, particularly during storage. They can also be found in processed foods of plant origin,...
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Exploring Aflatoxin Contamination and Household-Level Exposure Risk in Diverse Indian Food Systems

Abstract The present study sought to identify household risk factors associated with aflatoxin contamination within and across diverse Indian food systems and to evaluate their utility in risk modeling. Samples (n = 595) of cereals, pulses, and oil seeds were collected from 160 households across...

Spatiotemporal Assessment of Post-Harvest Mycotoxin Contamination in Rural North Indian Food Systems

Abstract The spatiotemporal trends in aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), fumonisin B1 (FB1), and deoxynivalenol (DON) accumulation were analyzed in a range of food commodities (maize, groundnut, pearl millet, rice, and wheat) in village settings in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, India. Samples (n = 1549) were collected across six communities and six time points spanning...