Systems Research to Assess Risk of Preharvest Aflatoxin Contamination and to Develop Technologies to Reduce Aflatoxin Contamination of Peanut
University of Georgia
Aflatoxin contamination reduces peanut quality and value, and may adversely affect the health of consumers, both human and livestock. In human health, aflatoxin consumption may cause liver disease or may exacerbate the effects of other hepatic illnesses. Unfortunately, many people in West Africa are unaware of the dangers of aflatoxin contamination in peanut and other crops. Farmers in particular, need to know what crop management practices can reduce the risk of aflatoxin contamination in their crops.