Abstracts can be sent in for three different kinds of presentations:
1. Oral contribution, onsite
2. Oral contribution, online
3. Poster presentation

Prepare your abstract according to the format indicated below. The abstract needs to be sent by E-mail to Jos Houbraken (j.houbraken{at}wi.knaw.nl) and Rob Samson (r.samson{at}wi.knaw.nl). Please indicate ‘Abstract submission + name of the presenter’ as the subject of your E-mail. Also name the file of the abstract as ‘Abstract submission + name of the presenter’. Furthermore, indicate if you will be giving an oral presentation (onsite or online) or a poster presentation. All program presenters must register and pay for the symposium. If you do not register and do not inform the organization of your inability to register, your presentation may be withdrawn from the programme. The ICPA/ICFM will make the final decision as to whether the abstract will be accepted for presentation, with consideration given to the author's preference.


Example Abstract:

Efficacy of a fungal and bacterial antagonist for controlling growth, fum1 gene expression and fumonisin b1 by Fusarium verticillioides, on maize cobs of different ripening stages

Nik I.P. Samsudin1, Alicia Rodriguez1, Angel Medina1 and Naresh Magan1*

1Applied Mycology Group, AgriFood Theme, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Beds. MK43 0AL, U.K.

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Previous studies identified two biocontrol agents (Clonostachys rosea 016; gram negative bacterium) with potential for control of fumonisin B1 production in vitro and in stored maize under different water availabilities (Samsudin & Magan, 2016). These have now been complemented by studies of the efficacy of these two antagonists on maize cobs of different ripening stages: R3, Milk (0.985 aw); R4, Dough (0.976 aw); R5, Dent (0.958 aw). The cobs were inoculated with 50:50 mixtures of the pathogen:antagonist inoculum ratio and stored in environmental chambers to maintain these conditions for 10 days at 25 and 30oC. The growth rate of F. verticillioides, the relative expression of the FUM1 gene and fumonisin B1 (FB1) production were quantified. Water activity (aw)  temperature had significant impacts on growth, FUM1 gene expression and FB1 production by the strain of F.verticillioides on maize cobs of different maturities. The C. rosea 016 antagonist significantly reduced FB1 contamination on maize cobs by >70% at 25°C, and almost 60% at 30°C regardless of maize ripening stage. For the bacterial antagonist FB1 levels on maize cobs were significantly decreased in some treatments only. These results suggest that efficacy of antagonists to control mycotoxin production in ripening maize cobs needs to take account of the ecophysiology of the pathogen and the antagonist to ensure that effective control can be achieved.


Samsudin NIP & Magan N (2016). Efficacy of potential biocontrol agent thresholds for control of Fusarium verticillioides and fumonisin B1 production under different environmental conditions on maize-based medium. World Mycotoxin Journal 9: 205-213.