IMI Courses 1997/8

"Janet Pryse ", Marketing Coord. J.PRYSE at
Mon Feb 24 11:00:42 EST 1997

Dear Colleague
Please forgive this intrusion but I hope you may find the following details 
of some interest.  We would be pleased to send you further information if 
required.  Thank you.


Training Courses 1997/8

Identification of Industrial & Food Spoilage Fungi
17 - 21 March 1997
This one week course will be of value to those working in food,
pharmaceutical and industrial manufacturing, and biotechnology
consultancy companies.  It will be of particular use to those involved
in quality assurance, clean room monitoring and microbiology services.

An introductory course to the groups of microfungi having the potential
to cause problems in the industrial situation and those that cause food 
Participants will have the opportunity to examine material of particular
relevance and make reference slides for future use.  Approximately 60%
of this course will be "hands on" practical work, the remainder of the
time being spent on lectures and demonstrations.  By the end of the course
you will be familiar with the identification of key fungi to generic level 
the most important ones to species level.  Other topics include basic 
and an introductory practice session looking at a whole range of different 
and several specialist lectures for either the food or 
situation where you chose the session of most relevance to you.  Planned 
choices are:
Detection & Quantification of Fungi     or   Clean room monitoring & QA for 
for the food industry         pharmaceutical and non-food industries
Mycotoxins: Significance, occurrence    or   The preservation of 
industrially important
& detection              fungi with brief visit to IMI collection

Course fee Pounds Sterling 600 which includes a course manual, coffee, tea 
cold buffet lunches.  The fee does not include accommodation.

Modern Techniques in the Identification of Bacteria and Filamentous Fungi
21 April - 2 May 1997
This two week course is designed to give microbiologists/plant pathologists
an introduction to modern techniques currently of use in microbial taxonomy. 

The course will include lectures and practical work, with opportunities for
gaining "hands on" experience of the techniques themselves.  Both molecular
biological and chemotaxonomic procedures will be used to study filamentous
fungi and bacteria of agricultural significance.  The course will be 
relevant to those who are considering introducing these techniques to their
own work or those who are relatively inexperienced in the techniques and
need further help.  It is not suitable for those who are already routinely 
these methods.  Topics to be covered include:
RFLP analyses
PCR detection and characterisation methods (including RAPD's)
Detection and identification techniques using serological methods
Characterisation of microorganisms by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis
including analysis of whole-cell proteins and extra- and intracellular 
isozyme patterns for identification
Identification of bacteria by quantitative fatty acid analysis
Analysis of isoprenoid quinones                        
Diagnostic uses of secondary metabolites (eg phytotoxins, mycotoxins) by 
Course fee Pounds Sterling 1450 which includes a course manual.

Identification of Aspergillus and Penicillium species
19 - 21 May 1997
A course for those working in the pharmaceutical, food technology,
mycotoxin research, stored products and medical and veterinary fields
who wish to become familiar with the identification of these two 
important genera.  Emphasis of the course will be on identification at 
level.  The course will include lectures, demonstrations and practical 
in culturing techniques, detailed examination of a range of different 
and guidance on mycotoxin production and other hazards.
Course fee Pounds Sterling 500 which includes a course manual, coffee,
tea and buffet lunches.

International Course on the Identification of Fungi of Agricultural
& Environmental Significance
11 August - 19 September 1997
The International Course at IMI has been running for 18 years with over
220 past from 65 different countries.  The course aims to give training in
the classification and identification of economically important groups of
microfungi.  Particular attention will be given to those that are commonly
found associated with plant diseases and are difficult to identify.  The
course will be organised to take account of both tropical and temperate
examples in all sections.  With prior notice of your particular interests,
we can normally provide additional coverage as required.  The course
will also be of value to those interested in a broad range of fungal
 identification, perhaps for environmental and biodiversity studies.
By use of additional sessions, a wider range of fungal groups can be
covered than is normally offered on the formal course.  Please contact
us to discuss how we can best suit your needs.  The training includes
lectures and informal discussions, but most of the time will be spent
in practical work.  An 'option' day enables participants to receive
 individual training and to specialize in certain aspects of the Institute's 
Course fee Pounds Sterling 3000 to include self catering accommodation
with private shower and toilet.  This course is held each year.

Mycorrhizas - Identification and Techniques
13-17 October 1997
This new 5 day course is designed to provide an introduction to
the isolation and preparation techniques for mycorrhizas and their
identification.  It will be of use to those involved in forestry, 
ecosystem and biodiversity surveys, environmental consultancy, bioaudits,
ecology and soil biology.  The course will cover ecto-, vesicular 
orchid and ericales mycorrhizas from both temperate and tropical areas.
 It comprises illustrated talks to include details of techniques, 
and ecology.  Practical laboratory sessions will be an important feature
of the course and participants will have the opportunity to practice both
techniques and identification for themselves.
Course fee Pounds Sterling 650 which includes a course manual, coffee,
tea and buffet lunches.

Culture Preservation Techniques for Filamentous Fungi and Bacteria
29-31 October 1997
A popular course aimed at microbiology technicians, laboratory managers
or others needing to maintain and preserve fungal and/or bacterial isolates. 

It will be suitable for those working in plant pathology, industry, food or
environmental mycology.
Methods examined for the long term preservation of living fungi and bacteria 

will include simple methods, freeze-drying and cryopreservation.  The 
of appropriate methods for different groups of fungi and the organisation 
management of collections will be discussed.  The importance of appropriate
preservation methods in the retention of fungal activities and properties 
will be
demonstrated.  There will be opportunities to see and work in the Genetic
Resources Collection, which holds over 18 000 strains of filamentous fungi,
over 1600 strains of bacteria and 250 yeasts and is one of the largest 
collections in the world.
Course fee Pounds Sterling 450 which includes a course manual, text book,
coffee, tea and buffet lunches.

PCR Fingerprinting and Characterization Techniques
17-21 November 1997
A new course designed to meet the needs of those who already have s
ome experience of working with a PCR technique but who need to know
more about the different applications and methods available for the
fingerprinting and characterization of filamentous fungi, bacteria and 
Examples used on the course will be fungi, bacteria and nematodes of
significance as plant pathogens, but the techniques themselves may be
of interest to those working in other fields.  Topics to be covered include
the applications of PCR, basic principles, practicalities of using the
technique, methodologies for DNA fingerprinting with arbitrary PCR,
targeted PCR (rDNA), taxon-specific primers, nested PCR, multiplex
PCR and AFLP, troubleshooting common problems, numerical analysis
of PCR data and internet resources for PCR research.  The course will 
of lectures, discussion groups, demonstrations and laboratory-based 
Course fee Pounds Sterling 900 which includes a manual, coffee, tea and 
buffet lunches.

Specialist Courses planned for 1998

In addition to our usual course programme, the following courses are planned 
for 1998.
If you are interested in being kept informed of these, please let us know.

Isolation & Identification of Fungi from Natural Habitats
Basic Mycological Techniques
Entomogenous Fungi

For further details and application forms for any of the above, please 
Mrs Stephanie Groundwater, International Mycological Institute, Bakeham 
Egham, Surrey TW20 9TY  UK
Tel +44 (0)1784 470111
Fax +44 (0) 1784 470909
Email s.groundwater at

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