Indian Journal of Advances in Chemical Science Volume: 5, Issue 4: , September 2017


ISSN No.: 2320-0898 (Print); 2320-0928 (Electronic)

DOI:  10.22607/IJACS.2017.504016



Research Article


      Screening of Millets for the Natural Occurrence of Aflatoxin B1 and their Susceptibility in Samples Collected during Pre-harvesting, Harvesting and
Post-harvesting Conditions
J. Ajani, K. Vali Pasha*

Aflatoxin contamination of food and feed have global concerns because of potential threat to human and animal health as a result many countries have regulatory guidelines on its level in food and feed. Screening of minor or small millets and pearl millet showed no natural occurrence of aflatoxin B1 in pre-harvesting, harvesting, and post-harvesting conditions. Upon Aspergillus flavus infestation under controlled conditions millets show varying response. In post-harvest (market) samples AFB1, production was seen in finger millet, foxtail millet, pearl millet, and sorghum while little and kodo millet showing no response with respect to aflatoxin contamination in all the conditions studied indicating small millets as low-risk agriculture commodity.


Key words: Aflatoxin B1, Minor or small millets, Pearl millet, Aspergillus flavus, Sorghum.



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