Hassen training1Making use of the training he received through the Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab, Ethiopian graduate student Abdi Hassen recently taught the aflatoxin detection technique he learned in the U.S. to supervisors and colleagues in his home country.

Hassen, who is expected to receive a PhD later this year, worked with PMIL scientist Renee Arias at the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Peanut Research Laboratory (USDA NPRL) in Dawson, Ga. His work in Georgia involved analyzing 400 isolates of Aspergillus, a mold that can create aflatoxin in groundnuts, maize and other crops, that were collected in Ethiopia.

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