ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Occurrence of Fusarium Fungi and Mycotoxins in Marketable Asparagus Spears
Agnieszka Waśkiewicz1, Lidia Irzykowska2, Jan Bocianowski3, Zbigniew Karolewski2, Marian Kostecki1, Zbigniew Weber2, Piotr Goliński1
 
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1Department of Chemistry, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Wojska Polskiego 75, 60-625 Poznań, Poland
2Department of Phytopathology, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Dąbrowskiego 159, 60-594 Poznań, Poland
3Department of Mathematical and Statistical Methods, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Wojska Polskiego 28, 60-637 Poznań, Poland
 
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2010;19(1):219–225
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Fusarium oxysporum and/or F. proliferatum were isolated from all asparagus spears with brown spots (which indicate an infection) and from almost all spears without spots. The presence of Fusarium spp. and their toxins in the basal parts of asparagus spears was analyzed. Fumonisin B1 (FB1) and moniliformin (MON) were found in spears with brown spots and those without disease symptoms. FB1 was determined in the concentration range 0.16-152.68 ng g-1 (mean 7.52), while moniliformin was detected in the range 15.30-585.00 ng g-1 (mean 121.00). Only in 10% analyzed spears were metabolites not detected.
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