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New Method to Protect Peanuts From Carcinogenic Mold

Readers of this site know that peanuts are commonly contaminated with a carcinogenic mold known as aflatoxin. Now it appears that peanut farmers have a biological pesticide for protecting their crops from fungi that produce aflatoxin. Researchers made the biological treatment from spores of a nontoxigenic strain of Aspergillus flavus that is applied to barley kernels. The kernels are then applied to the soil beneath the plant canopy, where the fungus colonizes the barley and establishes...

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