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First portable low-cost device developed for rapid detection of aflatoxins

On 26 July 2016, the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) launched a new technology that detects aflatoxins on location, can save lives and open export markets for African and Asian countries. The rapid test kit device is also affordable at under US$ 2. This exciting advancement combined with a mobile extraction kit that will be ready in two months, will be the first portable cost-effective way for farmers and others to detect aflatoxins instantly.

With funding from the McKnight Foundation and in collaboration with partners including the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi-NASFAM, Farmers Union Malawi (FUM), Kamuzu Central Hospital and Nkhoma Hospital, Malawi, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) developed the rapid test kit for aflatoxins. It is a simple non-laboratory based kit that can be used directly by non-technical people such as farmers, agro-dealers and food processors. Currently, the test can be applied to detect aflatoxin in groundnuts.

Read more here and watch an explanatory video.

For contacts:

Showkat Rather +91 8978882187 or r (dot) showkat (at) cgiar (dot) org

Anitha Seetha at +265994081714 or s (dot) anitha (at) cgiar (dot) org

Amit Chakravarty at +91 40 3071 3241 or A (dot) Chakravarty (at) cgiar (dot) org


Photo: Dr Anitha Seetha, Scientist, ICRISAT, Malawi explaining the new technology © ICRISAT