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Modulation of Aflatoxin B1 production by Aspergillus flavus

Verheecke, Carol. Modulation of Aflatoxin B1 production by Aspergillus flavus. PhD, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, 2014

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Mycotoxins are toxic contaminants of foodstuffs produced by a wide range of fungal species. Aflatoxins are the only mycotoxins carcinogenic for humans. They are mainly produced by the Aspergillus genus and can be found at each step of the agrofood chain (e.g. field, storage, process). Due to climate changes, France is starting to be exposed to aflatoxins. In order to limit the consumer exposure, many prevention or decontamination techniques have been developed. To this aim, we started the development of a biocontrol against aflatoxins accumulation for maize field application. Actinomycetes, are soil-borne bacteria that has already been commercialized as biocontrol. In Petri dishes, we studied the in vitro interaction between some actinomycetes and Aspergillus flavus, the main aflatoxins producer. We revealed that the interaction reduced the aflatoxins content (monitored by HPLC). Moreover, some bacterial isolates were able to reduce pure-aflatoxin B1 added in the medium. To understand this mechanism, adsorption tests has been conducted. Otherwise, RT-qPCR methodology was used to study the impact of Streptomyces-Aspergillus sp. on aflatoxin gene expression. Finally, the current knowledge of the impact of environmental factors (temperature, water activity and incubation time) on aflatoxins production was supplemented.

Item Type:PhD Thesis
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
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Mathieu, Florence and Liboz, Thierry
Deposited On:02 Jul 2015 21:58

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