The Effects of Aflatoxin-Contaminated Corn on Brood Sows and their Litters from Farrow to Finish

  • C. R. McKnight
  • W. M. HaglerJr.
  • E. E. Jones
  • W. D. Armstrong
Part of the Biodeterioration Research book series (BIOR, volume 3)


Aflatoxins are a closely related group of secondary metabolites produced by the fungi Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus (Diener and Davis, 1969). The invasion of feed grains such as corn before, during, and after harvest by these fungi, coupled with poor drying conditions, insect damage and improper storage, promotes aflatoxin production. Aflatoxin contamination of corn has had a serious economic impact upon both the corn and swine producer in the southern and mid-west United States (Nichols, 1983). The greatest economic loss for the swine producer has been due to the adverse affects that the aflatoxins have on growth and feed efficiency, as well as, poor body condition and death (Smith et al., 1976).


Average Daily Gain Aspergillus Parasiticus Poor Body Condition Milk Diet Swine Producer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. R. McKnight
    • 1
  • W. M. HaglerJr.
    • 2
  • E. E. Jones
    • 3
  • W. D. Armstrong
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Animal ScienceNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Mycotoxin Laboratory, Department of Poultry ScienceNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Animal Science and BiochemistryNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  4. 4.Carl S. AkeyLewisburgUSA

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