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Aflatoxin B1 has been considered as the most potent liver carcinogen for humans. One factor that stimulates the production of aflatoxins in oilseed products, such as sesame seeds and their products is the presence of high levels of fatty acids. This work presents further evidence that sesame is a favorable substrate for aflatoxin B1 production by Aspergillus parasiticus. Moreover, the use of wild artichoke (Cynara cardunculus L.) extract was examined showing inhibition of aflatoxin B1 production in both sesame and yeast extract sucrose medium, inoculated with A. parasiticus. More specifically, the inhibition of aflatoxin B1 production by A. parasiticus in sesame seeds paste was 99.6% and in yeast extract sucrose medium it was 99.4%.

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Why is it important?

How plant extract can inhibit aflatoxin b1 production in sesame.


Plant extracts are important on how they can inhibit aatoxin b1 production in foods.

Dr Charalampos Proestos
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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This page is a summary of: Inhibitory effect of Cynara cardunculus L. extract on aflatoxin B1 production by Aspergillus parasiticus in sesame (Sesamum indicum L.), International Journal of Food Properties, September 2016, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/10942912.2016.1206928.
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