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Sunday, 09 February 2020 15:14

Food and Indoor Fungi workshop 2020

The International Commision of Penicillium and Aspergillus is organizing a workshop on Food and Airborne fungi.

  • Date: 16.-18. Oct. 2020 (after IUMS 2020 congress).
  • Place: National Institute of Agricultural Science Jeonju, Korea (bus shuttle from IUMS venue Daejeon to Jeonju).
  • Attendance: max. 40 persons (placement on order of application received).
  • Language instructions: mainly English, but some Asian language used.
  • Entry fee: 400 USD/person (The fee includes the textbook Food and Indoor Fungi by Rob Samson et al., 2 days accommodations and 1 dinner & 2 lunches).
  • Instructors: Robert A. Samson, Jos Houbraken (Netherlands, Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute), Jens C. Frisvad (Denmark Technical Univ.), Takashi Yaguchi (Japan, Chiba Univ.), Amanda Chen (China, Moon Biotech Ltd), Cobus Visage (South Africa, Univ. Pretoria), Vit Hubuka (Czech Academy of Science), Seung-Beom Hong (Korea, National Institute of Agricultural Science).
  • Hosts: National Institute of Agricultural Science (NAS), ICPA (International Commission of Penicillium and Aspergillus).

 The course ‘Food and Indoor Fungi’ focuses on the classical detection and identification methods of food and airborne fungi including Aspergillus, Penicillium, Paecilomyces, Talaromyces etc. A hands-on training will be taught in phenotype based identification of common food- and air-borne contaminants

Tentative Programme

Friday, 16 October

12:00          Beom Hong              Move to NAS, Lunch (Group movement by bus)

13:00          Beom Hong              Welcome and general introduction

14:00          Robert Samson        Introduction to the taxonomy of the food and airborne fungi

15:00          Jos Houbraken          Detection, isolation and identification of food and airborne fungi

16:00          Break

16:30          Jens Frisvad              Mycotoxins and other safety aspects of food and airborne fungi

17:30          Workshop Dinner (Hanok Village)


Day 2. Saturday, 17 October

8:00           Beom, Cobus                               Taxonomy of Aspergillus

9:00           Beom, Cobus, Takashi, Rob     Hands on training: Aspergillus

13:00          Lunch

14:00          Jos Houbraken                           Taxonomy of Penicillium, Talaromyces and Paecilomyces

15:00          Jos, Cobus, Amanda, Rob       Hands on training: Penicillium, Talaromyces and Paecilomyces

18:00          Closure


Day 3. Sunday, 17 October

8:00           Jos Houbraken                               Molecular based identification of Fungi

9:00           Jos, Vit, Takashi, Rob                     Hands on training: Common food and airborne fungi

12:00         Closure and general remarks

Saturday, 08 February 2020 12:34

Food and Indoor Fungi workshop 2020

The NAS (National Institute of Agricultural Sciences) and  ICPA (International Commision of Penicillium and Aspergillus) are organizing a workshop Food and Indoor fungi after the IUMS 2020 congress on 16-18 October in Jeonju, Korea.

The number for participation is limited. Read further for the tentative programme and registration.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 14:59

IUMS outreach programma 2020

IUMS is organizing the sixth IUMS outreach programme in Yogyakarta (indonesia) on 20-21 February 2020 in collaboration with the Faculty of Agricultural Technology Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta Indonesia,  the Indonesian Society of Microbiology, the International Commission on Food Mycology (ICFM) and the International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene (ICFHM). For more details,registration and tentative programme click here.

Thursday, 06 June 2019 20:36

ICFM 2019 Freising Pictures-3

The International Workshop on Food mycology held in Feising from 13-15 June 2016 was a great success. 

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 20:35

ICFM 2019 Freising Pictures-2

The International Workshop on Food mycology held in Feising from 13-15 June 2016 was a great success.

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 17:41

ICFM 2019 Conference

The last ICFM workshop was held in Freising - Germany in 3-5 June 2019

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The ICFM workshop was held for the third time in Freising, which is well known for its rich ecclesiastic history and for its importance as a centre of food science and technology as well as beer brewing. The Freising Cathedral (built 1205) it is one of the two home churches to the archbishop of Munich and Freising, one of which was Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, who was elected pope Benedikt XVI in 2005. The workshop took place at the Pallotti House with lecture rooms and accommodation for participants. The meeting was open to participants from academia and industries. Current research was presented as oral or poster presentation.

For information on previous workshops (2010 and 2013) click here.

Thursday, 06 June 2019 17:38

ICFM 2019 Freising Pictures-1

The International Workshop on Food mycology held in Feising from 3-5 June 2019 was a great success.

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 12:51

Programme ICFM workshop 2-5 June 2019

Sunday, 2 June 2016

16.00-18.00     Registration

18.00 Get together at “Keller-Stüberl” bar at Pallotti-Haus (drinks and finger food)


Monday, 3 June 2019

08.00-09.00     Registration continued

09.00   Ludwig Niessen: Opening of the workshop

09.00-09.30 John I. Pitt: A short history of food mycology

Session 1: Heterogeneity of food borne fungi (chair Ludwig Niessen)

09.30-09.55 Jan Dijksterhuis: Heterogeneity of stress-resistance of fungal conidia

09.55-10.20 Maarten Punt: Heterogeneity in conidia of the spoilage fungi Penicillium roqueforti

10.20-10.45 Tom van den Brule: Strain variability in three strains of the food spoilage fungus Paecilomyces variotii

10.45-11.10 Sjoerd Seekles: Heterogeneity in food spoiler Aspergillus niger, the effect of spore age and cultivation conditions on conidial heat resistance

11.10-11.30 Coffee break

Session 2: Biodiversity and taxonomy of food borne fungi (chair Robert A. Samson)

 11.30-11.55 Évelin Wigmann: MALDI-TOF MS based differentiation and identification of 49 species within the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex

11.55-12.20 Mohamed Fathi Abdallah: Biodiversity of mycotoxigenic fungi and their secondary metabolites isolated from sugarcane juice

12.30-13.30 Lunch at Pallotti-Haus

13.30-13.55 Miloslava Kavkova: The evidence of common species of the opportunistic fungal pathogens in dairies and bioptic samples

13.55-14.20 Jos Houbraken: Taxonomy of Aspergillus section Flavi and their production of aflatoxins and other mycotoxins

Session 3: Influence of environmental factors on food borne fungi (chair Naresh Magan)

14.20-14.45 Abigail Snyder: Association of fungal genera from spoiled processed foods with physicochemical food properties and processing conditions

14.45-15.10 Esther Garcia Cela: Modelling the effect of temperature and water activity on the growth boundaries of Fusarium graminearum in stored wheat

15.10-15.40 Coffee break

15.40-16.05 Oceane Savary: Comparative study of Bisifusarium spp. growth patterns by laser nephelometry automated microplate system

16.05-16.30 Andrea Patriarca: From field to process: how storage selects toxigenic Alternaria spp. in apples

16.30-16.55 Frank Segers: The physiology of food-borne fungi and organic acid production in response to environmental conditions

17.00-18.30 Poster session (meet presenters at their poster)

19.00    Dinner at Pallotti-Haus


Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Session 4 Control and biocontrol of food- and airborne fungi, mycotoxin producers and heat resistant moulds (chair Emilia Rico-Muñoz)

08.30-08.55 Sofia Chulze: Biocontrol of Fusarium graminearum and deoxynivalenol accumulation during the micromalting process

08.55-09:20 Alejandro Gimeno: Suppressing Fusarium graminearum and mycotoxins by application of microbial biopesticides on infested crop residues

09.20-09.45 Dimitrios Drakopoulos: Chasing Fusarium graminearum throughout its entire life cycle with botanicals: An in vitro approach

09.45-10.10 Markus Schmidt-Heydt: Zero Aflatoxin – Development and implementation of antifungal strategies to increase food safety in sub-saharan Africa

10.15-10.35 Coffee break

10.35-11.00 Naresh Magan: Fungal diversity and biocontrol of aflatoxins in GM- and Non-GM maize cultivars

11.00-11.25 Juliane Lane P. dos Santos: Controlling the spoilage of fruit purees by heat-resistant moulds (HRMs): Diversity of HRMs during processing and inhibition of their growth during storage

11.25-11.50 Emmanuel Coton: Potential of antifungal lactic acid bacteria combinations as bioprotective cultures in pilot scale dairy products

11.50-12.15 Vasilis Valdramidis: Design and up-scaling of filters coated with zinc oxide nanoparticles in pear warehouses

12.30-13.30 Lunch break at Pallotti-Haus

Session 5: Mycotoxinogenic fungi and mycotoxins (chair Rolf Geisen)

13.30-13.55 Brigitte Andersen: Mycotoxins in animal feed

13.55-14.20 Jens C. Frisvad: Comparative mycology and chemistry of apple and citrus fungi

14.20-14.45 Marta H. Taniwaki: A "snapshot" of Biodiversity of Aspergillus section Flavi in Brazilian foodstuffs

14.45-15.10 Maria Laura Ramirez: Fumonisin occurrence in wheat and wheat by products

15.10-15.35 Xenia Pascari: Transfer of deoxynivalenol and deoxynivalenol-3-glycoside from barley to boiled wort

15.40-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-16.25 Monika Coton: Production and migration of ochratoxin A and citrinin in Penicillium verrucosum molded Comté cheese

16.25-16.50 Endang S. Rahayu: Quality control of mycotoxin producing fungi contamination in cocoa beans and its product: Case study in Indonesia

17.30-19.00 ICFM committee meeting (closed meeting)

19.30 Foot walk to “Hofbrauhaus-Keller Freising”

20.00 Dinner at “Hofbrauhaus-Keller Freising”, traditional Bavarian restaurant/beer garden, downtown Freising


Wednesday, 5 June, 2019

Session 6: Sanitation of food spoilage fungi (chair Rolf Geisen)

08.30-08.55 Marina Venturini Copetti: Adequate sanitizers for controlling food spoilage fungi

08.55-09.20 Elettra Berni: Sanitization by hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid: are heat resistant moulds the best choice for bio-validations of food packaging and machineries?

09.20-09.45 Emilia Rico-Muñoz: Mold spoilage of heat-processed/heat-filled beverages: when everything goes wrong!

Session 7: Fungal genetics and genomics (chair Jos Houbraken)

09.50-10.15 Alicia Rodriguez: Changes in the expression of a gene involved in cell wall integrity are related to mycotoxin production in filamentous fungi in food

10.15-10.40 Rolf Geisen: Regulation of mycotoxin biosynthesis by Penicillium expansum as an important determinant of the colonization capacity

10.40-11.10 Coffee break

11.10-11.35 Gemma Castella Gómez: Genomic diversity in ochratoxigenic and non- ochratoxigenic strains of Aspergillus carbonarius

11.35-12.00 Ludwig Niessen: PCR-based distinction of high and low toxic S-type strains in Stachybotrys chartarum

12.00-12.30 Final discussions, closing of the conference

12.30   Lunch at Pallotti-Haus, Checkout


Poster presentations:

Shaimaa Abdelmohsen: Solute and matric potential stress and Penicillium verrucosum: impacts on growth, gene expression and ochratoxin A production

Diyaa Al-Jaza: Effect of SO2 (NaMBS) on in situ populations and AFB1 production of A. flavus isolated from chillies

Abdelilah Amrouche: In vivo test for modulation of mycotoxin effects by oils extracted from medicinal Algerian plants on Wistar rats

Rachel Bertoldo: Aspergillus section Nigri in onions bulbs – Occurrence, identification and production of fumonisin B2 and ochratoxin A

F. Javier Cabañes Sáenz: Aspergillus welwitschiae isolated from grapes produce ochratoxin A

Carla Cervini: Impact of interacting climate change factors on the ecophysiology, toxin gene expression and ochratoxin A production by Aspergillus carbonarius

Emmanuel Coton: Identification and quantification of metabolites produced by antifungal bioprotective cultures in dairy products

Liliana de Oliveira Rocha: Diversity of Fusarium spp. and detection of seventeen mycotoxins in Brazilian brewing barley

Jan Dijksterhuis: The preservative propionic acid differentially affects survival of conidia damages germ tubes of feed spoilage fungi

Jan Dijksterhuis: Inactivation of stress-resistant ascospores of Eurotiales by industrial sanitizers

Jan Dijksterhuis: The shelf life of daily fresh bread is markedly enhanced after short, intense UV treatments

Soňa Felšociová: Occurrence of Penicillium species in healthy grapes for wine production

Lisa M. Frisch: Development and optimization of a group-specific loop-mediated isothermal  amplification (LAMP) assay for the detection of patulin-producing Penicillium species

Ana Isabel Galván Romero: Mycotoxins and toxigenic fungi in dried figs from different farming systems

Jos Houbraken: Recent developments in the (infrageneric) classification of Aspergillus and Penicillium

Hyun Jung Lee: Reduction of Ochratoxin A in Oats during Roasting with Reducing Sugars

Ligia Manoel Martins: Influence of peanut harvest date on Aspergillus section Flavi infection and fatty acid composition

Alberto Martin: Antifungal capacity of phenolic acids against fungal postharvest pathogens

Zuzana Maŝková: Occurrence of Ascosphaera apis in fermented bee pollen

Angel Medina Vaya: Transcriptomic and metabolomic shifts on Aspergillus flavus during maize storage at different climate change environmental conditions

Almudena V. Merchán: Screening for detection of autochthonous yeast with antagonist activity against spoil molds from raw ewe’s milk cheese

Nicolas Nguyen Van Long: Intraspecific variability in cardinal growth temperatures and water activities within a large diversity of Penicillium roqueforti strains

Monica Olsen: Is it safe to scrape the mould off your food and eat what’s underneath it? The example of growth and mycotoxin production of Penicillium expansum on apple jam and P. verrucosum on crème fraiche at 4, 8 and 15°C

Laís T. Ono: Fungi and toxins in cassava: from the field to consumer

Gabriela A. Pena: Effect of ZnO-Nanoparticles on Aspergillus flavus and Fusarium proliferatum growth on maize grains under environmental interacting conditions

Adriana R. Persson da Silva: Toxigenic fungi and mycotoxins in black pepper

Eva-Maria Priesterjahn: Development of new avoidance strategies for aflatoxin contamination in maize grains in the framework of AflaZ, a new project to control aflatoxins in food

Andrew L. Robinson: Forecasting shifts in Fusarium culmorum population densities in Pacific Northwest soils under climate change

Alicia Rodríguez: Volatile organic compounds produced by yeasts inhibit mycotoxin production by postharvest pathogenic moulds

Cindy J. Romero: Mycobiota and mycotoxin occurrence in chickpea produced in Argentina

Davide Sardella: Predictive models for quantitative assessment of antifungal activity of nanoparticles (NPs)

Nicoletta Scaramuzza: Heat-resistance of Humicola fuscoatra and Talaromyces wortmannii, two fungal species contaminating industrial packaging materials

Alexandra Schamann: Inhibition of the aflatoxin biosynthesis of A. flavus by arginine

Josué J. Silva: Analysis of genetic diversity in the Aspergillus niger clade

Dana Tančinová: The effect of selected essential oils on the growth of Botrytis cinerea

Tran Trang: Difference in local pre-harvest practices linked with the occurrence of Fusarium species in maize grown by two farmer groups in Vietnam’s central highlands

Susanne Vogelgsang: An eight-year survey of wheat shows distinctive effects of cropping factors on different Fusarium species and associated mycotoxins

  1. Opening of 11th Commission meeting

Present: Ludwig Niessen (chair), Rob Samson (vice chair), Javier Cabañes, Sofia Chulze, Jens Frisvad, Rolf Geisen, Jos Houbraken, Su-lin Leong, Naresh Magan, Giancarlo Perrone, Emilia Rico-Munoz (Treasurer), Dojin Ryu, Marta Taniwaki

  1. Apologies were received from Elisabeth Fredlund & Ulf Thrane
    • Commission Members – Elisabeth Fredlund has resigned due to duties taking her away from food mycology.
    • Acceptance of previous minutes – agreed
  2. Change of statutes / New members. The current statutes state ‘Membership shall be limited to 15 persons’. Two alternative changes were proposed: ‘…limited to 16 persons’ (proposed by Rob), or ‘…up to 20 persons’ (proposed by Naresh). A majority voted that the statutes be changed to ‘Membership shall be up to 20 persons’.

Voted to invite Feng Yang Bai, Emmanuel Coton, and Endang Rahayu to join the Commission.

  1. Update on the Freising meeting 2016
  • Increase in number of participants (61 registered with 2 cancellations, from 22 countries) compared with the 2013 meeting (50 participants from 14 countries).
  • 70% more posters were presented. The number of oral presentations was about the same as in 2013, as this is limited by the time available.
  • More industry participants than last time.
  • We were able to avoid penalty payments for accommodation, due to having earlier deadlines for registration.
  1. Past conferences with ICFM involvement
  • Latin American Congress on Mycotoxicology 2013, Argentina (Sofia)
  • IUMS Montreal 2014, breakout session
  • ICM 2014, Bangkok (Rob, Food Mycology)
  • 12th Latin American congress 2014, Iguazu (Marta)
  • Latin American Fusarium workshop 2014 (Sofia)
  • IUMS Outreach, Yogyakarta 2014 (Endang and Rob)
  • IAFP 2015, Portland (Emilia). Well-attended by industry participants.
  1. Business arising from minutes of the meeting held in Freising, 4th June, 2013
    • Advertising ICFM meeting in Food Industry journals. Sofia passed on the information to a journal in Latin America, but is not sure if it published. We are all encouraged to do what we can to raise the profile of ICFM. Action: Sofia to write a report for Argentinean Society for Microbiology bulletin. All – contact the learned societies of which we are members, to add the ICFM activities to their calendar of events.
    • The FAQ section for the website was discussed, and although there are some questions that would be useful to answer, e.g. “What is food mycology?” “Can I use Sabourauds agar?”, it was decided that for the moment this information can be made available in other ways. Information on food mycological methods available in books. Action: Rob to put used methods from the books onto the ICFM website. Other information to consider for the website in future are: a Glossary of important terms (e.g. fungal infection, not infestation); a Table of which anamorph/teleomorph names take precedence for species relevant to food mycology. Giancarlo is a guest editor for the food mycology issue of Current Opinion in Food Science in 2017. Action: Su-lin to write an overview article titled ‘The importance of food mycology’ for that issue, listing some key books and recent articles. Contributions from other Commission members are also welcome. Publication of food mycology methods in a journal where they can be available open access was also discussed.
    • ICFM flyer is printed by a company in Potsdam. It was distributed at IAFP meeting. Not sure how effective flyers currently are, as Social media is now possibly a more important means of getting information out (Twitter, Facebook, blogging, etc). Action: Rob and Emilia to explore if LinkedIn is a useful channel for spreading information about ICFM events.
    • Sponsorship for the 2016 meeting was generously provided by BCN labs, and IUMS. For future meetings, we can apply to learned societies to sponsor the costs for guest speakers. Action: Naresh can explore funding opportunities from UK societies.
    • The ICFM website was hosted on CBS server, but has now migrated to new server. Rob been solely responsible for the website, which IUMS has commended for its quality and usefulness in conveying information. Joomla software is currently used for the website. 2-3 persons are needed to help Rob, to whom he can eventually handover responsibility. Action: Jos and Giancarlo to help Rob with the necessary changes and updates to the website. Jens to coordinate collecting links to important publications in food mycology which can be listed on the website (updated quarterly).
    • Young scientists from developing countries – no spontaneous applications were received to attend the 2016 workshop. For the 2019 meeting, we agreed to offer partial bursaries for up to five PhD students (not masters, or undergraduates) from low to middle income countries, who should apply to ICFM with an abstract of their proposed presentation. The bursary covers accommodation and food, but students are responsible for organising their own travel support.
    • Compendium of Methods – see 6.2.
  2. Discussion of Commission and Statutes
    • Amendments to Statutes. Note that the Mycology Division of IUMS has changed name to the Mycology and Eukaryotic Microbiology Division (MEM). This change should be reflected in the ICFM statutes. Action: Naresh and Rob to review the statutes, and see which points need updating. Proposed changes will be circulated and approved by members electronically. Discussed that sub-committees within ICFM could be a useful form for delegating tasks and achieving specific goals.
    • Continuing / new members – All current members are happy to continue on the Commission. New members were discussed in 2.
  3. Future meetings with ICFM involvement. Please report these opportunities to Ludwig.
  • IUMS 17-21 July 2017 Singapore. Topic: Food Mycology and Mycotoxins in South East Asia symposium. Action: Rob to propose to the IUMS organising committee.
  • IUMS Outreach in Yogyakarta. January 2017.
  • IAFP Tampa 9-12 July 2017.
  • Latin American Congress on Mycotoxicology, Mexico 2017
  • A Myco Key conference could include a session on food mycology related to mycotoxins. Action: Giancarlo to ask Antonio Logrieco. [Further details from a follow-up email – Myco Key EUROPE conference ‘MycoKey: a new approach for mycotoxin management’ will be co-organized by CNR and UGENT in Ghent, Belgium, end of September/October 2017.]
  1. Next ICFM workshop in 2019. The current venue will be under renovation in 2019. Discussed that Freising is centrally located with good flight connections from most parts of the world to Munich, and is relatively inexpensive. Easy for students to attend. Rob and Ludwig have a template to organise the meeting here in Freising. Different venues were presented, and it was decided to book the venue-option where we hire the complete facility with accommodation and meeting rooms for our own use. Proposed dates Mon 3-Wed 5 June, 2019. Su-lin proposed a pre-workshop session for interested participants on ‘Teaching food mycology’, to be organised with Laura Ramirez and Angel Medina.
  2. Any other business
    • The ICFM Budget was presented, and the Commission is in a good position financially.
    • Sofia and Marta described their industry contacts, for whom they run consultancy, training and workshops in food mycology. This is also a way to promote ICFM, and using the ICFM logo in connection with such events is supported.
    • Discussed if the Commission should be ‘…for Food Mycology’ (focus on service of the discipline) vs ‘…on Food Mycology’ (focus on leadership, expert body). Agreed that the correct name is the International Commission on Food Mycology.

The meeting finished at 19:10.

Thursday, 16 June 2016 16:04

ICFM 2016 Freising Pictures-3

The International Workshop on Food mycology held in Feising from 13-15 June 2016 was a great success. 


Here are some images from the meeting.

Please note that there are more images on ICFM 2016 Freising Pictures-1 and ICFM 2016 Freising Pictures-2

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