(Posted Mon. Feb 23rd, 2015)

The Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence Research Steering Committee will meet at Commodity Classic tomorrow to hear updates on the nine research projects that received grants to focus on solving aflatoxin issues. These grants were designed by Southern corn checkoff boards to bring a unified approach to funding research projects across the region. The committee will also discuss the current and future direction of AMCOE.


“The unified approach AMCOE, its affiliate states and the National Corn Growers Association bring to aflatoxin research brings us closer to getting real results that farmers want to see in their fields,” said AMCOE Chair Charles Ring, a corn grower in Texas. “While corn farmers in Southern states experience aflatoxin challenges every year, these challenges have the potential of cropping up in any corn region of the United States when the crop comes under stress.  For this reason, the benefits of the seven priority areas of AMCOE research are truly national in scope.”


AMCOE grant recipient projects represent more than 50 researchers from approximately 15 universities including Auburn University, Iowa State University, North Carolina State University, Penn State University, Tuskegee University and the University of Arizona. USDA Agricultural Research sites in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina, as well as Texas State Chemists Lab, all also have researchers involved with grant-recipient projects.


Projects funded for 2015 focus on biological control, especially atoxigenic strain development; deployment technology and increased utilization; transgenic modification for improved aflatoxin resistance and breeding for aflatoxin resistance; amelioration technology for aflatoxin-contaminated grain; best management strategies for reducing aflatoxin; improved testing procedures; and improved information transfer.