|MadSci Network: Microbiology|
Hi Chong, This is a good idea, but keep in mind that not all molds that grow on bread produce mycotoxins. For those that do, they often don't start producing mycotoxins until they are well established and conditions are just right. Detection of low levels of mycotoxins usually requires fairly sophisticated equipment. There are antibody-antigen based detection kits on the market, but their limits of detection are may not be low enough for what you are proposing. It may be much more practicle to detect other indicators of mold than the mycotoxins themselves. The Europeans have a good website with discussions on mycotoxins and links to information on detection and quantification methods. This can be found at http://www.lfra.co.uk/eman2/index.asp Hope that helps.
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