One Molecule to Rule All Fungi: University of Arizona Discovers Molecule to Save Crops


Did you know one tiny molecule can save an entire harvest from being destroyed?

Aflatoxin is a toxic substance that comes from fungi on crops. This element can destroy entire harvests due to its dangerous impact on humans as it can stunt children’s growth or increase susceptibility to HIV.

University of Arizona researchers, however, have discovered a naturally occurring molecule that will prevent fungi on crops from producing aflatoxin. The molecule will need to be tested and approved for widespread use, but if it succeeds, it can save producers, and consumers, plenty of headaches.

The discovered molecule can also be used in developing countries, who may not test for aflatoxin yet – read more about the impact here.


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