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Natural Occurrence of Fumonisins in Rice with Fusarium Sheath Rot Disease

January 1998 , Volume 82 , Number  1
Pages  22 - 25

H. K. Abbas , USDA-ARS, SWSL, Stoneville, MS 38776 ; R. D. Cartwright , CES, University of Arkansas, Little Rock 72203 ; W. T. Shier , College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55455 ; M. M. Abouzied and C. B. Bird , Neogen Corp., Lansing, MI 48912 ; L. G. Rice and P. Frank Ross , USDA-APHIS, NVSL, Ames, IA 50010 ; G. L. Sciumbato , Delta Research and Extension Centers, Stoneville, MS 38776 ; and F. I. Meredith , USDA-ARS, RB Russell Agricultural Research Center, Athens, GA 30604

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Accepted for publication 22 September 1997.

Twenty samples of rough rice (Oryza sativa) (unpolished kernels) collected during the 1995 harvest season from Arkansas (seven samples) and Texas (13 samples) were obtained from rice fields known to include plants with symptoms of Fusarium sheath rot putatively caused by Fusarium proliferatum. Samples were analyzed for fumonisin B1 (FB1) at three laboratories using three different extracting solvents by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) methods. Forty percent of the samples were positive for FB1 at levels ≤4.3 μg/g by HPLC. The same samples contained FB1 at ≤3.6 μg/g when measured by an ELISA method. Most samples that were positive for FB1 were positive for fumonisin B2 (FB2) and fumonisin B3 (FB3) by HPLC at levels ≤1.2 μg/g. Very good agreement was obtained among the two laboratories using HPLC methods and the third using ELISA. Shelling of the unpolished rice results in hull and brown rice fractions. In a sample that contained 4.3 μg/g in whole kernels, the fumonisin level was very high in hulls (≤16.8 μg/g) and low in brown rice (≤0.9 μg/g). Milling of brown rice results in bran and white rice fractions. Fumonisins were found in bran at a level of ≤3.7 μg/g but were below the level of detection by HPLC in white rice. The presence of fumonisins (FB1, FB2, and FB3) was confirmed by fast atom bombardment/mass spectrometry. This is the first report of fumonisins in naturally contaminated rice in the United States.

Additional keyword: mycotoxins

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