Effect of water activity and temperature on mycotoxin production by Alternaria alternata in culture and on wheat grain

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Magan, N., Cayley, G. R. and Lacey, J. 1984. Effect of water activity and temperature on mycotoxin production by Alternaria alternata in culture and on wheat grain. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 47 (5), pp. 1113-1117.

AuthorsMagan, N., Cayley, G. R. and Lacey, J.
Abstract

Both water activity (aW) and temperature affected the production of altenuene (AE), alternariol (AOH), and alternariol monomethyl ether (AME) by Alternaria alternata on wheat extract agar and wheat grain. Greatest production of all three mycotoxins occurred at 0.98 aW and 25 degrees C on both substrates. At 0.98 aW and 25 degrees C, a single colony of A. alternata grown on wheat extract agar produced 807 micrograms of AOH, 603 micrograms of AME, and 169 micrograms of AE ml in 30 days. However, production of all three mycotoxins at 0.95 aW was less than 40% of these amounts. Little toxin was produced at 0.90 aW. Changing temperature and aW altered the relative amounts of the different toxins produced on agar. At 15 degrees C and 0.98 aW, maxima of 52 micrograms of AOH and 25 micrograms of AME per ml were produced after 15 and 30 days, respectively, whereas AE continued to increase and reached 57 micrograms/ml after 40 days. At 15 degrees C and 0.95 aW, production was, respectively, 62, 10, and 5 micrograms/ml after 40 days. All three metabolites were produced at 5 degrees C and 0.98 to 0.95 aW and at 30 degrees C and 0.98 to 0.90 aW. On wheat grain at 25 degrees C and 0.98 to 0.95 aW, more AME was produced than AOH or AE, but at 15 degrees C there was less AME than AOH or AE. Only trace amounts of AE, AOH, and AME were found at 15 to 25 degrees C and 0.90 aW, but production of AME was inhibited at 30 degrees C and 0.95 aW or less.

Year of Publication1984
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Journal citation47 (5), pp. 1113-1117
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Publisher's version
PublisherAmerican Society for Microbiology
ISSN0099-2240

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