PhD research: Identification and toxicological assessment of Aspergillus flavus resistant local maize varieties in Kenya

Date
January 2017 to December 2021
Countries
Keywords
maize varieties
aflatrem
aflatoxin
aflavinine
toxicology
zebra fish
Aspergillus flavus
Research fields
Agriculture and Food Sciences
Medicine and Health Sciences

The aflatoxin issue in Kenya will be tackled by the identification of Aspergillus flavus resistant local maize varieties. The planting of resistant maize will offer an immediate strategy to reduce chronic aflatoxin exposure to humans. The toxicological assessment of other secondary mycotoxin metabolites such as aflavinine and aflatrem will be examined by the use of state-of-the-art in vivo zebra fish models.

Fieldwork/Training/Topics

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