Food Science and Technology Department


Date of this Version

July 1996


Published in J. Agric. Food Chem. 1996, 44, 1984-1987.


Fusarium moniliforme, a prevalent fungal contaminant of corn, has been implicated in several animal diseases including equine leukoencephalomalacia (ELEM) (Thiel et al., 1991), porcine pulmonary edema (PPE) (Harrison et al., 1990), liver toxicity and liver cancer in rats (Voss et al., 1993), and esophageal cancer in humans (Sydenham et al., 1991; Rheeder et al., 1992). The fumonisins, which are secondary metabolites of F. moniliforme, are believed to be responsible for many of the toxicological effects in animals and humans (Marasas et al., 1988; Wilson et al., 1992; Colvin et al., 1993, Gelderblom et al., 1991; Sydenham et al., 1991).

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