[21 May/Food Navigator]

An international team of scientists from the Imperial College London and the University of Exeter have warned that growing levels of resistance to antifungal treatments could result in disease outbreaks that hit global food security. Crop destroying fungi were thought to account for a loss of 20 percent of global crop yields each year according to the study. They called the fungal threat under-recognised and under-appreciated. Professor Matthew Fisher said the threat posed by growing resistance to fungicides was not given the attention it deserved. The researchers linked the growing risk presented by the outbreaks to developments in the modern food system. There was a threat to global food security, and the resistance also posed a threat to animal and human health. Fungal pathogens were responsible for a broad range of infections in humans and animals.