victoriousvocabulary:

MYCOTOXIN

[noun]

(from Greek μύκης (mykes, mukos) “fungus” and Latin (toxicum) “poison”) a toxic secondary metabolite produced by organisms of the fungi kingdom, commonly known as moulds. The term ‘mycotoxin’ is usually reserved for the toxic chemical products produced by fungi that readily colonise crops. One mould species may produce many different mycotoxins, and the same mycotoxin may be produced by several species.

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