Pathogenicity of Aspergillus Flavus Group Isolates in Inoculated Maize Ears in Mississippi

  • N. Zummo
  • G. E. Scott
Part of the Biodeterioration Research book series (BIOR, volume 4)


Kernel infection and aflatoxin contamination in maize (Zea mays L.) by Aspergillus flavus Link ex Fries and A. parasiticus Speare continue to be a serious problem in the southeastern United States. Consumption of aflatoxin contaminated grain by livestock or poultry can result in weight loss or death (Wogan, 1965; Allcroft, 1969; Semeniuk et al., 1971; Anderson et al., 1975; Smith et al., 1976). Corn grain containing in excess of 20 ng/g of aflatoxin can not be sold under current laws regulating interstate commerce.


Aflatoxin Production Maize Kernel Aflatoxin Contamination Aspergillus Parasiticus Group Isolate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Zummo
    • 1
  • G. E. Scott
    • 2
  1. 1.Crop Science Research LaboratoryUS
  2. 2.Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, P.O. Drawer PGMississippi State UniversityUSA

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