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The fungal threat to global food security
- Avery, Simon V., Singleton, Ian, Magan, Naresh, Goldman, Gustavo H.
- Fungal biology 2019 v.123 no.8 pp. 555-557
- climate change, food availability, food safety, food security, fungal growth, fungi, human population, secondary infection, socioeconomics, spoilage
- Fungi threaten the security of food supply to human populations on several fronts. They destroy up to 30 % of crop products through disease and spoilage processes, while mycotoxin-producing fungi and opportunistic pathogens endanger food safety. Control of these fungi is vital for improving food security, but current measures are inadequate and further challenges due to human-population growth and climate change are escalating. Investment and innovation in research on strategies to control fungal growth, harnessed through international, inter-disciplinary collaboration across socio-economic boundaries, provides one key to rising to this challenge.