June 18th, 2020: Innovative animal nutrition firm Biomin has released the results of statistical analysis revealing that many parts of Europe can expect potentially harmful levels of mycotoxin contamination in the upcoming 2020 corn (maize) and wheat harvest.
One major trend identified in the firm’s first-ever forecast of mycotoxin occurrence is that deoxynivalenol, or vomitoxin, has a high probability to exceed a risk threshold level of 150 parts per billion (ppb) in corn in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, and a similarly high probability to exceed 150 ppb in wheat in Northern Europe. The forecast is based on a proprietary mycotoxin prediction tool that delivers daily assessments of expected mycotoxin levels in corn and wheat harvests.
The science of mycotoxin prediction
‘Our aim with the Biomin Mycotoxin Prediction Tool is to provide an assessment of likely mycotoxin occurrence as accurate as your daily weather forecast,’ explained Dr Timothy Jenkins, Development Scientist at Biomin.
The Mycotoxin Prediction Tool uses sophisticated algorithms that draw upon 15 factors and the extensive proprietary data set compiled through the Biomin Mycotoxin Survey, the longest running and most comprehensive survey of mycotoxin occurrence in animal feed worldwide.
‘Weather is the single most important factor in terms of predicting mycotoxin occurrence, and it dominates the reasons for year-to-year fluctuations in mycotoxin patterns we observe in a given region,’ stated Dr Timothy Jenkins, Development Scientist at Biomin.
The value of prediction
The Mycotoxin Prediction Tool can be useful for feed and animal protein industry professionals, including integrators, nutritionists, crop farmers, livestock growers, raw commodity purchasers and quality assurance and control professionals, by offering an early indication of the risk of mycotoxins in crops and feed.
‘Since 2004, customers have been highly appreciative of the service and insights that the Biomin Mycotoxin Survey represents,’ noted Ms Ursula Hofstetter, Head of Global Product Management Mycotoxins at Biomin.
“Leveraging our unmatched data set to help customers be better prepared is a logical extension of our commitment to delivering the best mycotoxin risk management anywhere,” noted Ms Hofstetter.
‘The new Mycotoxin Prediction Tool, along with the Biomin Mycotoxin Survey and Mycofix®—the most scientifically advanced mycotoxin-deactivating feed additive— all serve to help our clients stay naturally ahead of mycotoxins,’ added Ms Hofstetter.
Mycotoxin prediction updates through harvest
Based on the tool, weekly updates on the risk of mycotoxins in European region will be available HERE. The Mycotoxin Prediction Tool generates predicted risk of fumonisins, aflatoxin, deoxynivalenol and zearalenone in corn and deoxynivalenol and zearalenone in wheat.