Community Talk: Mycotoxins, an insidious problem for human health in Northern Uganda



Mycotoxins: an insidious problem for human health in Northern Uganda



  • Prof. Geert Haesaert, Ghent university, faculty of bio-engineering
  • Prof Richard Echodu, Associate Professor; Molecular Biology/Genetics and Director, Multifunctional  Research Laboratories, Gulu University  
  • MS Godfrey Wokorach, PhD student, Gulu University

What are Mycotoxins?

Mycotoxins are fungal metabolites produced by some species of fungi. Exposure to these fungal metabolites can cause failure of the liver, brain, kidney, reproductive organs, endocrine organs, and immune systems. 

Why is this a problem for sub-Saharan Africa?

In sub-Saharan Africa, exposure to mycotoxins is perennial.  Poor pre-harvest and post-harvest activities among farmers catalyse mycotoxins contamination of food. In this study, food samples were collected from households in northern Uganda and were evaluated for mycotoxin contamination.