There are scores of excellent books and monographs dealing with the different aspects of rice, an important crop of India. However, no books are available dealing with the theme of the present book. Incidence of molds and mycotoxins on stored grains is a neglected area when compared to other-aspects of crops. It did not receive the attention as it deserved. The present book: Moulds and Mycotoxins of Paddy: Incidence, Impact and Management is an authoritative and research based book on the subject. It is the outcome of extensive research work carried out by the authors over the past few years. It primarily deals with the extent of incidence of molds and mycotoxins and their impact on quality of rice and management practices to be adopted in Andhra Pradesh. Special emphasis is given to territrem B mycotoxin incidence and its biological effects. Efforts are made to devise suitable preventive and control measures of paddy moulds and mycotoxins. Information embodied in this book will be useful to researchers working in this area, policy – makers, agriculture scientists, extension workers, ware-house managers, farmers and also consumers.
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Dr. M. Surekha, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, Kakatiya University, received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mycology and Plant pathology from Kakatiya University. She has a teaching experience 20 years and research experience for 25 years. Her core area of research is mycology and mycotoxins with special emphasis on animal feeds and fodders and has been working in this area for last 20 years. She has guided three students for their Ph.D degrees and presently four are working; published 40 research papers in international and national journals of repute and contributed three chapters in books published by Springer, Elsevier and CAB. Currently, she is working as Principal Investigator for the UGC funded project.
S. Ram Reddy
Dr. S.M. Reddy, Professor Emeritus (UGC), Department of Botany, Kakatiya University, is a recipient of Best Teacher Award by the Govt. of A.P. He authored/edited about 15 books of university education. His research work spans over wide areas of microbiology right from microbial diversity to microbial biotechnology. He guided 40 students for the Ph.D. degrees and published more than 400 original research papers in national and international journals. Successfully completed nearly 20 research projects sponsored by different funding agencies. He is a fellow of many academic societies and an active member of several academic bodies.