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Can phenolic compounds be used for the protection of corn from fungal invasion and mycotoxin contamination during storage?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17367679     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The effect of natural phenolic compounds (vanillic and caffeic acid) and water activity (a(w)) on the growth and mycotoxin production on corn by Fusarium and Aspergillus isolates was investigated. Large differences were observed in the response of the Fusarium and Aspergillus isolates to the phenolic compounds, mostly determined by their genus. Generally for both F. verticillioides and F. proliferatum, an increase in concentration of either caffeic or vanillic acid resulted in a decrease in the colony growth rate and increase in the lag phase duration. Growth of the Fusarium isolates was not completely inhibited at the highest a(w) value evaluated of 0.967, with complete inhibition only being observed at combinations of high phenolic acid concentrations (> or =2000 microg g(-1)) and low a(w) values (0.948). Within the experimental limits investigated, growth of the Aspergillus species was not affected by the phenolic compounds. Application of the phenolic compounds significantly reduced fumonisin B(1) and aflatoxin B(1) production. Although the effects noted in artificial media appear to be carried over to corn, rather high concentrations are required to observe similar effects on corn and to completely inhibit growth where possible. This implies the occurrence of interactions of the phenolic compounds with some matrix components which may reduce their overall effectiveness.
S Samapundo; B De Meulenaer; D Osei-Nimoh; Y Lamboni; J Debevere; F Devlieghere
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2006-12-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Food microbiology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0740-0020     ISO Abbreviation:  Food Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2007 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-19     Completed Date:  2007-07-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8601127     Medline TA:  Food Microbiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  465-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratory of Food Microbiology and Food Preservation, Department of Food Safety and Food Quality, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Aspergillus / drug effects,  growth & development,  metabolism
Colony Count, Microbial
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
Food Contamination / prevention & control*
Food Microbiology
Food Preservation / methods*
Fusarium / drug effects*,  growth & development,  metabolism
Mycotoxins* / analysis,  biosynthesis
Phenols / pharmacology*
Species Specificity
Time Factors
Water / metabolism
Zea mays / chemistry*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Mycotoxins; 0/Phenols; 7732-18-5/Water

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