Fungi and mycotoxin contamination of agricultural commodities is a major problem in Indonesia as well as in other tropical countries. High temperature and humidity of the region favor the growth of fungi and their subsequent toxin production. The fungal infestation and toxin contamination plaque the commodities that render them unsafe for both human and animal consumption. Corn and peanut are commodities that observably the most affected by this problem, especially when they are harvested in the rainy season and not properly handled regarding the drying, packaging and storage. Other commodities, if not handled properly, though not noticeable, may carry the toxin in minute amount that unacceptable in the world trade newer regulation. Failure in preventing the contamination obviously may pass both food safety reduction and loss in economical profitability.
CEMycoS, acronym of Center of Mycotoxin Studies, is a melting pot of activities engage in education, research, and public services concerning the prevention and reduction of fungal infestation and mycotoxin contamination. The study may start from identification of the occurrence, toxin analysis, method of prevention, both on farm and during prostharvest handling, and marketing chain. People from several different areas of expertise are expected to contribute to the Center’s activities in communicating their research findings, collaborate in research and other activities, giving advise to those in need, or just simply responding to the Center’s communication forum. The Center is situated in the Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia that can be access in cemycos.tp.ugm.ac.id Fig. 1. Corn is contaminated with Aspergillus, photos’s of Aspergillus with the enlargement of 100x and 1000x, and chemical structure of aflatoksin B1.