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Mycotoxin Fact Sheet now Available


AMES, Iowa -- A fact sheet about mycotoxin contamination of corn is now available from the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University (ISU). John Patience, associate professor of animal science, said he hopes pork producers, nutritionists and veterinarians will find the fact sheet helpful in understanding what mycotoxins are and how their presence in corn can affect swine. You can see and download this pdf document  at http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/publications/IPIC12.pdf.

“The fact sheet explains the relationship between molds and mycotoxins, and provides vital information on how to detect, prevent, and in some cases, utilize contaminated corn,” Patience said. “We want to provide practical management recommendations for corn growers, swine producers, nutritionists and veterinarians in the pork industry.”

In the publication, Patience and Steve Ensley of ISU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine department explain how molds and mycotoxins can be related, and describe several common forms of each. A current listing of mycotoxin field test kit suppliers also is included.


Contacts :
John Patience, animal science, (515) 294-5132, jfp@iastate.edu
Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Pork Industry Center, (515) 294-4496, shoyer@iastate.edu