The first mycotoxin information Web site has launched a new page featuring a mycotoxin short course. The Web site features video lectures addressing several challenges related to identifying and dealing with mycotoxins including regulations, sampling as well as simple and sophisticated testing methods.
Educational content on the site includes the impact of mycotoxins on different animal species. In addition to its educational content, the Web site features an interactive series of videos where specialists from around the world show the different mycotoxin hotspots at the farm level. These videos also are available on the “KnowMycotoxins Videos” channel on YouTube.com..
The poor quality of the 2009 U.S. corn crop, which impacted not only the domestic market but also Latin America countries, has resulted in a major focus on mycotoxins in 2010.
Last December, Trevor Smith, University of Guelph, emphasized, “This fall has all the ingredients for a mess of molds and mycotoxins. A late harvest, wet weather and high moisture corn have all contributed to the recent reports of moldy corn across the Midwest.” There are currently indications that the 2010 wheat crop will be affected with fusarium mycotoxins due to the weather patterns.
“Mycotoxins are now recognized as a genuine global threat to the feed industry,” according to Jules Taylor-Pickard, Alltech’s Global Mycosorb Manager. “The decision to expand the features of www.KnowMycotoxins.com reflects this reality,”
The mycotoxins Web site was first launched in English in July 2007. The web site, developed in conjunction with Alltech, aims to educate the various market segments in the animal feed industry which are continuously challenged on how to overcome the repercussions of mycotoxins in animal feed.
The Web site, which is now available in six languages, targets all levels in the industry to ensure that they are adequately equipped to identify and deal with the growing mycotoxin issue.