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Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Expansion of Biological Control to Manage Aflatoxin in Maize and Groundnut Using Regionally-Adapted Beneficial Fungi in Eastern & West Africa

Location: Food and Feed Safety Research

Project Number: 6054-42000-022-11
Project Type: Trust

Start Date: Dec 01, 2011
End Date: Jun 30, 2014

Objective:
Perform research to optimize biological control of aflatoxins and assist scientists based in Africa with the development of biological control for the management of aflatoxins in Ghana, Mali, Tanzania and Nigeria with the goal of optimizing the use of native microbials for the practical management of aflatoxin contamination.

Approach:
Potential biological control agents will be collected from soils and crops collected in the target countries. Techniques will be developed to provide information useful in selecting optimal biological control strains. Assistance will be provided for the training of African scientists in order to improve the capacity of the target nations to contribute improvements to biological control. Field and laboratory experience will be used to troubleshoot problems associated with adapting biological control to the target areas.

Last Modified: 11/24/2014
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