Theme: impact of mycotoxins on animal health

Overview of the most important mycotoxins for the pig and poultry husbandry

  • M. Devreese
  • P. De Backer
  • S. Croubels


Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by fungi, which may be present on a variety of crops. They are considered a major issue worldwide because of their harmful effects on animals. These contaminants lead to great economic losses, especially in pig and poultry husbandry. Over 400 mycotoxins have been identifi ed. However, only few of them have a signifi cant toxic effect and are of major concern. In this paper, the most important mycotoxins are described, including deoxynivalenol (DON), T-2 toxin (T-2), zearalenone (ZON), fumonisin B1 (FB1), ochratoxin A (OTA) and afl atoxin B1 (AFB1). For each toxin, its chemical structure, mode of action and symptoms of acute and chronic toxicity in pigs and poultry are discussed.

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Devreese, M. & De Backer, P. & Croubels, S., (2013) “Overview of the most important mycotoxins for the pig and poultry husbandry”, Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 82(4), 171-180. doi:

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Published on
29 Aug 2013
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