Corn producers to hold aflatoxin research update
Researchers, working to prevent health hazards and farmers' economic losses from aflatoxin, will be providing updates on their ongoing work on Feb. 26, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic.
The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. in the Sarasota 3 meeting room of the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Fla. The Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence is hosting the meeting, under the administration of the National Corn Growers Association's Mycotoxin Task Force, a subcommittee of the organization's Production and Stewardship Action Team.
The Texas Corn Producers is a partner in the AMCOE initiative, which is a collaborative effort of the respective corn producers' organizations of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas. The effort is under the direction of a steering committee comprised of representatives of each state, and chaired by Charles Ring, a farmer in Sinton, Texas, and a TCP board member.
"This meeting is meant to give everyone a report on the work done this far in regard to aflatoxin research impacting the corn industry," Ring said. "Farmers, especially in our region that are impacted by heat, drought and high humidity, face potentially significant losses year after year due to aflatoxin overwhelming their corn crop."
AMCOE funded $395,000 in research efforts for 2012-2013. The meeting will include updates from the seven research studies funded by AMCOE, including:
--Understanding biological control of aflatoxin contamination of corn, Kenneth Damann, Ph.D., with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center;
--Transgenic control of aflatoxin contamination in corn through host induced gene silencing, Zhi-Yuan Chen, Ph.D., with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center;
--A transgenic approach to improve aflatoxin resistance in corn; Ronald J. Sayler, Ph.D., with the University of Arkansas Department of Plant Pathology;
--Breeding and testing for aflatoxin resistance, Wenwei Xu, Ph.D., with Texas A&M AgriLife Research;
--Evaluation and optimization of the uses of smectitic clays, Youjun Deng, Ph.D., with Texas A&M AgriLife Research; and
--Enhancing the efficacy of biocontrol for the management of aflatoxin contamination in corn, Peter Ojiambo, Ph.D., with North Carolina State University.
The meeting is open to the public. For additional information, contact TCP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-647-CORN (2676).
The Texas Corn Producers serve the state's corn farmers through two organizations, the Texas Corn Producers Board and the Corn Producers Association of Texas.
For more information, visit www.TexasCorn.org.