Agriculture, Aflatoxins and Aspergillus

  • P. J. Cotty
  • P. Bayman
  • D. S. Egel
  • K. S. Elias
Part of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies Symposium Series book series (FEMS, volume 69)


Human activities affect both the size and structure of fungal populations. Construction, war, recreation, and agriculture disrupt large expanses of vegetation and soil; disruption causes redistribution of fungal propagules and makes nutrients available to fungi. Many fungi, including the aspergilli, exploit these human engineered resources. This results in the association of large fungal populations with various human activities, especially agriculture. When crops are grown or animals raised, fungi are also grown. From a human perspective, most fungi associated with cultivation increase inadvertently. Human activity, however, partly dictates which and how many fungi occur and the fungi, both directly and through fungal products, influence human activities, domestic animals, and even humans themselves.


Fungal Population Crop Development Aflatoxin Production Aflatoxin Contamination Strain Isolate 
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  • P. J. Cotty
    • 1
  • P. Bayman
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  • D. S. Egel
    • 1
  • K. S. Elias
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  1. 1.Southern Regional Research Center, Agricultural Research ServiceUnited Stated Department of AgricultureNew OrleansUSA

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