Impact of Seed-borne and Storage Fungi on Animal and Human Health
Accumulation of the pathogen in a limited space thus providing high concentrations of the causal agent, as spores dispersed in the air during harvesting or threshing of a contaminated crop, loading of contaminated grain, etc.
Development of increased sensitivity in man and animals by continuous exposure to such high concentrations of apathogenic agent, in the same way as the well-known allergic response to protracted exposure to air-borne spores, pollen, etc.
Grain, and other food stuffs, containing toxic metabolites which are not detectable by ordinary visual inspection.
Inefficient cleaning of seeds containing toxic fungi in the form of sclerotia such as ergot mixed with grains.
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