Mycotoxins in Animal Feeds

Mycotoxin is a toxin produced by an organism of the fungus kingdom, which includes mushrooms, molds and yeasts. Most fungi are aerobic (use oxygen). Fungi are found almost everywhere in extremely small quantities because of their spores, and are most commonly microscopically small. They consume organic matter, wherever humidity and temperature are sufficient. Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by certain species of fungi growing under specific environmental conditions.