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Spoiling for a Fight With Mold

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Science  12 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5967, pp. 807
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5967.807

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Mold spoils some 10% of the world's annual harvests. And perhaps more significantly, many fungi produce mycotoxins, poisonous chemicals that can accumulate in human tissues. The most dangerous is aflatoxin, which is elevating rates of liver cancer and likely stunting childhood growth in Africa, Southeast Asia, and China. Mycologists are studying a possible solution that involves introducing spores of a benign fungus into the soil in hopes it will outcompete and drive out the aflatoxin-producing strain.