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Why Advanced Multiple Mycotoxin Detection Matters

16 October 2015, at 1:00am

A new technology promises to revolutionize the simultaneous detection of mycotoxins and greatly expand our scientific knowledge. Several cases in the field along with the 2014 BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey results reveal the value of multiple mycotoxin detection in terms of understanding threats to livestock along with the direction of future research, write Christina Schwab and Paula Kovalsky.

The monitoring of fungal toxins has become indispensable in the feed industry and animal production.

Until recently, most of the available analytical methods only covered single classes of mycotoxins such as aflatoxins, type B trichothecenes or fumonisins. Over the past decade, the sensitivity of liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) has increased by 200 fold and it is quickly becoming the reference for multiple mycotoxin detection.

The tool’s power and accuracy allow for more refined detection of a greater number of mycotoxins and metabolites than ever before.

Available commercially for the first time in 2014, next-generation mass spectrometry provides a more detailed picture of the contamination of different feed materials using Spectrum 380® to measure more than 380 mycotoxins and other secondary metabolites in one go.

Better detection in the field

By offering more powerful and accurate mycotoxin detection, Spectrum 380® can help farmers to understand situations that they encounter in the field that are not readily revealed by traditional techniques. Two case studies illustrate the benefits of better detection.

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