Mycology Course

Rob Samson Samson at
Tue Apr 7 02:18:19 EST 1998

Datum:            Mon, 06 Apr 1998 10:42:13 -0400
Course Announcement 

a course in fungal identification 

Sponsored by: 

Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures
Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research
Centre, Research Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 

Date and Location: 22-26 June 1998, Ottawa, Canada

More than 100 mould and yeast species common in indoor air and on food
will be examined, including important species of Penicillium,
Aspergillus, Fusarium Trichoderma, Cladosporium, Mucor, Rhizopus,
Alternaria and Scopulariopsis.  This 5 day course is appropriate for
those interested in food spoilage, indoor air quality, industrial
hygiene, mycotoxins, pharmaceuticals, biodeterioration, etc.

R. A. Samson, Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures   
Ellen Hoekstra, Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures   
Keith Seifert, Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre   
John Bissett, Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre 


Moulds on food or in indoor air are becoming increasingly important.
In food, moulds and yeasts cause spoilage or produce toxic compounds
that induce serious health problems in man and animals. The important
role of moulds as allergens or biological agents producing toxins in
indoor air is now recognized.  

The course will consist of lectures to introduce fungal groups and
discuss methodology and other relevant topics.  Extensive practical
sessions provide hands-on experience in fungal identification.
Demonstrations of critical species using video-microscopy,
computerized identification keys, biochemical identification
procedures and other 'expert systems' for identifying fungi are also
planned. There will be ample opportunity for consultation with the
specialists teaching the course. 

The course is appropriate for personnel from educational, research or
industrial settings with an interest in food spoilage, indoor air
quality, industrial hygiene, biodeterioration etc.  Some familiarity
with basic microbiological techniques is assumed, but not a
requirement. There are a limited number of places available and early
enrollment is recommended. 

Although we recommend that students bring their own compound
microscope, we have good quality microscopes available for students
who do not wish to travel with their own microscope. 

Other information 

Course schedule:   
22 June: Introduction + Zygomycetes   
23 June: Aspergillus + Ascomycetes   
24 June: Penicillium + Yeasts   
25 June: Fusarium and other Deuteromycetes   
26 June: Deuteromycetes and closing  

Cost: The course fee is CDN $1400 prior to 24 April 1998, and CDN
$1600 after that date, payable to 'Centraalbureau voor
Schimmelcultures'.  Employees  of the Government of Canada qualify for
a discount.     

Text book:   Introduction to Food-Borne Fungi, 5th edition, by R. A.
Samson, E. S. van Reenen-Hoekstra , J. C. Frisvad and O. Filtenborg
(included in course fee).  The text book can be purchased separately
from the Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (Netherlands)

Course site: The course will be held on the campus of the University
of Ottawa, a 10-15 minute walk from downtown Ottawa.  The teaching lab
is a modern, air-conditioned facility.  

Accommodation:   Students are expected to arrange their own
accommodation:  Costs are not included in the course fee. The
organizers will arrange a block of rooms at a downtown hotel
(approximately CDN $90 per night) for course participants.  Cheaper
accomodation (approximately CDN $35 per night)  is available at the
University of Ottawa Student Residences. Specific information on
accomodation will be provided to those who register for the course.

Language of instruction:  English. 

For more information, or to preregister ... 

Keith A. Seifert, Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre,  William
Saunders Bldg., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,  Ottawa, Ontario K1A
0C6  CANADA Phone: 613-759-1378 Fax: 613-759-1599  Email:
seifertk at   

Dr R A Samson                            Email SAMSON at CBS.KNAW.NL
Head of Services and Applied Research
Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures     Phone + 31 35 5481234 
P.O. Box 273, 3740 AG BAARN              Fax   + 31 35 5416142 
The Netherlands                             

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