Fungal infections in plants have been on the rise for many years. What’s more, fungal species are becoming less predictable. There are many possible reasons for these phenomena. Global warming is blamed for both droughts and flooding, which can result in high levels of mycotoxins at harvest time. Increased global trade and human mobility spread fungi beyond their original range.
Transportation and storage of grains provides opportunities for fungi to grow even in years when levels are low at harvest time. None of these factors are likely to be reversed in the near future. We need to plan for an ongoing struggle with mycotoxins.
Dr. Johanna Fink-Gremmels of Utrech University has studied fungi and mycotoxins for much of her career. In this brief video she comments on some of the many factors that may be responsible for the recent and ongoing rise in fungal infections and talks about genetic changes in fungi that are exacerbating the problem.
Dr. Fink-Gremmels spoke at Alltech’s first ever Mycotoxin Management Summit held recently in Lexington, Kentucky. To learn more about the mycotoxin problem attend the “Mycotoxins and Much More” session at Alltech’s 29th Annual Symposium, May 19 – 22, 2013.