Bacteria Suppress Fusarium Mycotoxin Production In Corn

luke-curtis
Many stored grains and legumes can be contaminated with mycotoxins from common fungi such as Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Fusarium. Mycotoxin contamination is especially common in peanuts or maize (corn) stored under wet conditions. Fusarium graminearum is a common fungus which infects ears of corn and produces the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol- also known as DON or vomittoxin.  

{flike}

Walae Mousa et al. Bacterial endophytes from wild maize suppress Fusarium graminerarum in modern maize and inhibit mycotoxin accumulation. Frontiers in Plant Science. October 2015;6: Article 805,, doi:10.3389/fpls.2015.00805

Deoxynivalenol (DON) can cause many adverse health effects in humans and domestic animals including vomiting, weight loss, headaches, and neurological problems.

Endophytes are defined as microbes which inhabit plants without causing disease. A recent study of 215 maize bacterial endophytes reported that 4 bacteria were very effective in suppressing Fusarium graminearum growth in both modern maize (corn) and ancestral corn (teosinte). The four bacteria were 3 strains of Paenibacillus polymyxa and one strain of Citrobacter. Greenhouse testing in 2013 reported that treatment of maize with these 4 endophytic bacteria reduced growth of Fusarium graminearum by 59 to 84%.

DON contamination in the maize grain was reduced by an average of 97% in the corn strains treated with the 4 endophytic bacteria. More research is needed to develop bacteria that can reduced fungal and mycotoxin contamination in grain.

 

{flike}
 

Related Articles and videos
{module Related Articles}

{fcomments}

Share on facebook
Share on Facebook
Share on reddit
Share on Reddit
Share on email
Share via Email
Share on twitter
Share on Twitter

Leave a Reply

Recent Articles

Featured Sponsor

Watch Us

Follow Us

Doug's Books

Doug Kaufmann has written many books that cover a full range or health issues. Find out which of his books best suits you by clicking the button below.

The Kaufmann Diet

Doug Kaufmann developed his diet after years studying the clinical effects of pathogenic fungi on the body. Fungi and yeasts can become parasitic organisms on and inside our body, causing health problems that can be difficult to diagnose. Learn more about the Kaufmann Diet, change your life and know the cause.

The Science of Fungus

We encourage all visitors to this site to take some time and study these technical articles prior to initiating lifestyle changes, including dietary changes and to do so with their physician’s awareness and approval. The articles posted in this link are scientific and with few exceptions are taken from medical journals familiar to healthcare workers.

Our Healthy Recipes

Looking for help assembling antifungal Kaufmann Diet approved recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner? We have several videos, books and recipe write ups here on Know the Cause that will help your health journey. The recipes in this section are so good, you’ll feel like you’re indulging. No sacrifice needed! Enjoy.

Sign-up for our newsletter and get the latest content from Know the Cause.