Fusarium head blight and mycotoxins in wheat: Prevention and control strategies across the food chain

Paola Battilani, A. M. Torres, S. A. Palacios, N. Yerkovich, J. M. Palazzini, J. F. Leslie, A. F. Logrieco, S. N. Chulze

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With 744 million metric tons produced in 2017/2018, bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) and durum wheat (Triticum durum) are the second most widely produced cereal on a global basis. Prevention or control of wheat diseases may have an enormous impact on global food security and safety. Fusarium head blight is an economically debilitating disease of wheat that reduces the quantity and quality of grain harvested, and may lead to contamination with the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol, which affects the health of humans and domesticated animals. Current climate change scenarios predict an increase in the number of epidemics caused by this disease. Multiple strategies are available for managing the disease including cultural practices, planting less-susceptible cultivars, crop rotation, and chemical and biological controls. None of these strategies, however, is completely effective by itself, and an integrated approach incorporating multiple controls simultaneously is the only effective strategy to limit the disease and reduce deoxynivalenol contamination in human food and animal feed chains. This review identifies the available tools and strategies for mitigating the damage that can result from Fusarium head blight.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)333-355
Numero di pagine23
RivistaWorld Mycotoxin Journal
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2019


  • Deoxynivalenol
  • Disease management strategy
  • Fusarium graminearum
  • Integrated pest management
  • Post-harvest
  • Preharvest
  • Zearalenone

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