April 14, 2011
Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger. In many cases, grain
grown to feed a population is readily available, but with extended
drought stress and inadequate storage facilities, fungal growth can
make the grain toxic to animals and humans. Research conducted at
the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences is advancing ways to help make this food safe for
Alflatoxin is a toxic product of fungal growth that can be
harmful to animals and humans in heavily contaminated food
supplies. Recent studies at Texas A&M have demonstrated that a
clay material can be added to contaminated food and will bind with
the aflatoxin to safely remove it from the digestive system. This
strategy allows contaminated grain to be consumed safely by animals
Picture of a kernel of corn infected by the fungus that produces
aflatoxin. Fungal infection of corn can occur in the field
(especially during periods of drought), or in storage.
The purpose of this endowed chair is to provide an endowment
that will support meaningful research efforts directed at solving
world hunger and environmental health problems by ensuring
Corn is often dried above the ground or on the hot pavement of
roads before being processed and used for food.
a safer food supply for both humans and animals. Holders of this
prestigious faculty chair will have shown significant progress and
promise in the field of food safety and environmental health
through their previous and ongoing research efforts.
Through your support of the Endowed Chair in Food Safety, and
Environmental Health you can make a difference by assisting efforts
to provide a safe food supply to people and animals around the
world. Gifts of $1-3 million will provide an endowment that will
support and enhance the research efforts of scientists whose
research is on the front lines of the battle against hunger. A gift
of $4 million provides full support for a researcher in this field
to include an associated laboratory.
Contributing to the Endowed Chair in Food Safety and
Environmental Health at the College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences makes you a valuable part of the team that is
working to improve animal, public, and environmental health around
the world. We would be very pleased to have you visit us and our
research scientists for a personal tour of their laboratories to
learn more about their efforts.
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