In the battle against crop pests, scientists must take advantage of all available resources. In the case of a novel piece of research by IITA against the whitefly Bemisia tabaci, this means learning about the way insects use their sense of smell.
Making Crops Healthy
Aflatoxins are cancer-causing, growth-retarding, and immune system-suppressing poisons produced by Aspergillus molds during crop growth or in storage. When aflatoxin-contaminated food and feed are ingested, aflatoxins severely affect human and animal health. Children under five years are particularly vulnerable, with aflatoxin exposure stunting their growth and development and damaging their immune system.