Mycotoxins are substances (secondary metabolites) that are synthesized and excreted during the growth of a particular fungus (fungus). This substance is actually a defense of plant or plant seeds from parasitic attacks. If the fungi (fungus) die, then the production of mycotoxins will stop, but mycotoxins that have been formed are not lost. Mycotoxins are chemicals that are stable and can last for a long time. Mycotoxins are harmful substances because only a very small amount alone can cause some harm. Mycotoxicosis is a disease caused by toxins produced by fungi that are ingested together with contaminated feed ingredients.
Of the more than 100,000 known fungus species (fungi), only a few can produce mycotoxins. Some fungi (fungi) that are known to produce very dangerous mycotoxins in agriculture and livestock are Fusarium, Aspergillus, and Penicillium sp. It is also known that 1 species of fungus can produce more than 1 type … Read More