Ergot and ergot alkaloids in cereal grains intended for animal feeding collected in Slovenia : occurrence, pattern and correlations
ID Babič, Janja (Author), ID Tavčar-Kalcher, Gabrijela (Author), ID Celar, Franci Aco (Author), ID Kos, Katarina (Author), ID Červek, Matjaž (Author), ID Jakovac-Strajn, Breda (Author)

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This four-year study reports the occurrence of ergot alkaloids (EAs) in cereals intended for animal feeding collected in Slovenia. A total of 517 samples of cereals were analysed using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for the presence of EAs. The sample set included wheat, rye, triticale, oat, spelt and barley. The study revealed that 17% of the analysed cereal samples were contaminated with at least one ergot alkaloid. EAs have two epimeric forms: -ine and -inine. The incidence rates of the -ine and -inine forms in the analysed samples were 16% and 15%, respectively. The highest contamination rates were observed in rye (54%), oat (50%) and spelt (30%), where the highest mean concentrations of total EAs were also determined (502 µg/kg, 594 µg/kg and 715 µg/kg, respectively). However, the highest concentrations of total EAs were found in wheat and rye (4217 µg/kg and 4114 µg/kg, respectively). The predominant EAs were ergometrine, ergosine and ergocristinine. The occurrence of six or more ergot alkaloids was observed in 49% of the positive samples. A weak correlation (p = 0.284) in the positive samples was found between the mass of sclerotia and the total concentrations of EAs using the Spearman correlation coefficient.

Keywords:animal feed, analysis, toxicity, ergot alkaloid occurrence, cereals, LC-MS/MS, correlation, survey, sclerotia, alkaloids, edible grain, questionnaires
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:VF - Veterinary Faculty
BF - Biotechnical Faculty
Publication status in journal:Published
Article version:Publisher's version of article
Number of pages:18 str.
Numbering:Vol. 12, iss. 11, art. 730
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-122358 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:2072-6651
DOI:10.3390/toxins12110730 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:40459011 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:03.12.2020
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Title:Toxins. Elektronski vir
Shortened title:Toxins
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Licensing start date:21.11.2020


Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:V4-1403
Name:Pojavljanje novih toksičnih substanc v slovenski krmi

Funder:Drugi - Drug financer ali več financerjev
Funding programme:Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:P4-0092
Name:Zdravje živali, okolje in varna hrana

Funder:EC - European Commission
Funding programme:H2020
Project number:871083
Name:METROFOOD-RI Preparatory Phase Project

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