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Wed Oct 27 00:45:47 EST 1993

                         Course Announcement
                      Food- and Air-Borne Fungi
                         30 May - 3 June 1994
           Central Plant Health Laboratory, Ottawa, Canada
                            Sponsored by: 
   Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, Baarn, Netherlands
   Centre for Land and Biological Resources, Research Branch,
   Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
   Central Plant Health Laboratory, Food and Animal Health
   Directorate, Food Production and Inspection Branch,
   Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Nepean. 
   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 major part of the course will be devoted to recognition
   and identification of the most common fungal species found
   as food contaminants, used in food processing, or occurring
   in indoor air. More than 100 mould and yeast species will
   be available for examination. Students will learn to
   identify several important species of the genera
   Penicillium, Aspergillus Fusarium, Cladosporium, Mucor,
   Rhizopus, Alternaria and Scopulariopsis and representative
   species of many other genera of food- and air-borne fungi. 
   The course will consist of lectures to introduce the 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 personel from educational,
   research or industrial settings.  Some familiarity with
   basic microbiological techniques is assumed, but not a
   Course instructors: R. A. Samson, Ellen S. van
   Reenen-Hoekstra (CBS), Keith A. Seifert and John Bissett
   (CLBRR). All of the instructors are experts on the taxonomy
   of microfungi, with specialization in the groups covered in
   the course.
   Text book: Introduction to Food-Borne Fungi, 4th edition,
   by R. A. Samson and E. S. van Reenen-Hoekstra (included in
   course fee).
   Accommodation: Hotel accommodation in downtown Ottawa and
   daily transportation to the course venue can be arranged by
   the course organizers. Accommodation costs are not included
   in the course fee.
   Language of instruction: English. Individual assistance in
   French will be possible.
   There are a limited number of places available and early
   enrollment is recommended. Students are encouraged to bring
   their own compound microscopes if possible.
   For details contact:
   Keith A. Seifert or John Bissett,
   CLBRR, William Saunders Bldg.,
   Agriculture Canada,
   Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6
   Phone: 613-996-1665 ext. 7364
   Fax: 613-943-0953
   or Dr. R. A. Samson,
   Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, 
   P. O. Box 273, 
   3740 AG Baarn
   Fax: (31-)2154-16142
   Phone: (31-)2154-81234
   Email: surf280 at KUB.NL

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