Kenyan scientist wins Borlaug research award

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A scientist from Kenya who helped discover a product that reduces the development of a toxic mold in corn will get a $10,000 award from the World Food Prize.

Charity Kawira Mutegi was named Thursday the recipient of the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. It was created in 2011 with a $1 million Rockefeller Foundation endowment.

Mutegi, who is 38, made a major breakthrough in combating aflatoxin, a corn mold fatal to animals and people consuming it.

Mutegi’s research into a 2005 outbreak in Kenya that killed 125 people led to the development of a non-toxic strain of the fungus. It can be spread on soil before a crop flowers preventing aflatoxin from developing.

Mutgi will be presented with the award on Oct. 16 in Des Moines.

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