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The present work, planned to investigate the possibility of mycotoxins occurring in feed ingredients fed to poultry in Maine, was designed with the following objectives: (1) to isolate fungi from poultry feed ingredients; (2) to grow the m separately on corn (the carbohydrate source of poultry rations) for later mixing into the diets; (3) to test the variously infected lots of this corn substrate for mycotoxicity by feeding ducklings, a bioindicator for toxins; (4) to determine the effects of aflatoxin and other mycotoxins from feed ingredients, on the performance of commercial broiler chickens; and (5) to appraise this response as a measure of toxicity of the fungi found in feed ingredients.
Maine Agricultural Experiment Station
Poultry or Avian Science
Barden, E.S., H.L. Chute, D.C. O'Meara, and H.T. Wheelwright. 1970. The mycotoxic effects of fungi isolated from poultry feed ingredients: the response of ducklings and performance of commercial broiler chickens feed experimentally infected corn diets. Maine Agriculture Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 42.