National Hog Farmer

Significant Advances in Agricultural Biotechnology:

Revolutionizing Mycotoxin Remediation in Multiple Species

Buena Vista VA- In recent years, abundant research has been completed analyzing the ill effects of mycotoxins in animal feed. It comes as no surprise that veterinarians, nutritionists, educators, researchers, and agricultural producers are all desperately seeking better methods for alleviating symptoms of mycotoxicosis. The industry has been flooded with products aimed at easing the ramifications of commonly occurring toxins in livestock feed.

The most common approach, to this point, has been the inclusion of binders in an attempt to capture the toxin and prevent absorption. Unfortunately, the binding and removal of toxins remains only partially successful. Some mycotoxins retain their toxicity even when attached to a binding agent, while others do not bind efficiently. There are also questions regarding the amount of binders needed to provide adequate removal of toxins. A second approach includes the use of foodstuffs enzymes, or microorganisms, to breakdown mycotoxins. However, due to the dynamic equilibrium in the gastro-intestinal tract, this approach in isolation has not proven effective at reducing mycotoxin content sufficiently. This leaves a dire need for a product that will provide verifiable results for producers.

The recent issuance of European Patent No. 2094107 promises to fill this void. The International Patent Report has been published and examiners for the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) have verified the efficacy of the revolutionary science being utilized by Micron Bio-Systems, Inc. in the development of their mycotoxin remediation products, Mycotex and UltraSorb. Patents have been successfully obtained in Europe, South Africa, and Mexico, and are currently pending in The United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Micron's approach is unique in that it utilizes three major components: a microorganism, enzymes, and toxin binders. The use of these elements individually has been long accepted practice. However, a decade of use has given questionable results. The engineering of a product that capitalizes on the scientific combination of these components is ground-breaking. Micron has developed a method for employing the components together in specific formulations for both ruminant and monogastric animals. These formulations include not only the three components on their own, but each in specific combination with the other. The result is ultimate degradation of a wide array of toxins. The ability to provide such thorough and consistent results is like nothing ever seen before. The application of such astonishing science will alter producer expectations around the globe.

Dr. Stephen Mann will be available for further inquiries. Please call 877-264-2468.