Hettich UNIVERSAL 320 Featured in Mycotoxin Research on Agricultural Commodities
Rice samples and other agricultural commodities were tested in the 2013 PhD thesis entitled “Mycotoxins: Analytical and Metabolomics Approaches” by Natalia Arroyo-Manzanares of the Universidad de Granada. Centrifugation was essential to this study. Scientists used the Hettich UNIVERSAL 320 benchtop centrifuge for accurate and reliable results.
Mycotoxins are toxic natural secondary metabolites, produced by specific species of fungi on agricultural commodities in the field or during storage. The Hettich UNIVERSAL 320 was used for sample treatment and preparation of standard solutions during different stages of the research.
Agricultural commodities are prone to invasion by fungi and bacteria, particularly when farmers fail to adequately reduce the produces’ moisture content during the wet season. As a result, produce with high moisture levels entering storage systems are invaded by both field and storage fungi. These molds produce high amounts of mycotoxins during storage.
Mycotoxin levels in agricultural commodities are now closely monitored to ensure consumer safety. The PhD thesis is aimed to encourage the development of analytical methods for determining mycotoxins, and to study alternative sample treatments for mycotoxins. The sample treatments would then be evaluated for their efficacy, simplicity, versatility, precision and environmental impact.
Hettich’s comprehensive line of centrifuges enable scientists to conduct important testing and research, like Arroyo-Manzanares’ mycotoxin study. The Hettich UNIVERSAL 320 is a multifunctional, quiet, safe and reliable centrifuge that is suited for many applications in clinical, research, and industrial laboratory. Learn more about the Hettich UNIVERSAL 320 at http://www.hettweb.com/Products/hettich-universal-320-centrifuge.html.