SYMPOSIA & CONFERENCES
INTERNATIONAL WORKING CONFERENCE ON STORED-PRODUCT PROTECTION,
to be held in Beijing, China from October 14-19, 1998, contains
a session on "Stored Products and Mycotoxins". Contact: 7th IWCSPP
Secretariat, 95 Huapaifang Street, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031, P.R.
China. Fax: +86-28-777-1523, E-Mail: email@example.com.
network on AGRICULTURALLY IMPORTANT TOXIGENIC FUNGI (COST action
835) was formed in March, 1998, as a concerted action to gather
researchers from European institutions which intend to cooperate
in this area. The network is coordinated by A. Logrieco of the CNR
Institute of Toxins and Mycotoxins, Bari, Italy (Fax: +39-80-548-6063,
ba.cnr.it) and involves working groups on: 1) Bio-diversity,
phylogeny and taxonomy of toxigenic fungi, 2) Genetics and physiology
of toxigenic fungi, 3) Ecology and pathogenicity of toxigenic fungi,
4) Biological and chemical characterization of toxic metabolites,
5) Toxigenic fungi in sustainable agriculture: biopesticides. The
1st ANNUAL WORKSHOP is being organized by E. Tjamos (Dept. of Plant
Pathology, Agricultural University, Athens. Fax: +30-1-529-4513)
and will be held in Athens, Greece, from October 29-31, 1998.
SYMPOSIUM ON MYCOTOXINS AND FOOD SAFETY will be held in Sydney,
Australia, from November 8-10, 1998. The scientific program includes
a series of symposia, some dealings with current issues in mycotoxicology,
and specific issues related to human food and animal feed safety.
Each session topic will be introduced by a multi-disciplinary plenary
presentation, followed by a limited number of formal platform presentations
and a display of posters related to the session topics. Both oral
and poster contributions will be published in the proceedings or,
possibly, in an international journal. Contact: W. L. Bryden, Dept.
of Animal Science, University of Sidney, Camden NSW 2570, Australia.
Fax: +61-246-550-693, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
FAO/WHO/UNEP INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MYCOTOXINS is expected
to be held in Tunis, Tunisia, from December 2-5, 1998. The 1st and
2nd Conferences on Mycotoxins, held in 1977 and 1987 respectively,
discussed different aspects of mycotoxin contamination prevention
and control. Furthermore, the conferences proposed a series of actions
aimed at minimizing the economic and health effects of mycotoxins
and enhancing preventive measures at all levels. These recommendations
were the basis for the development of national and international
programs to prevent mold growth and control mycotoxin contamination.
The objectives of the 3rd Conference are as follows: 1) To increase
the awareness of policy makers of the health risks and economic
impacts of mycotoxin contamination of foods and feeds; 2) To provide
a forum for food control officials, scientists, and policy makers
to exchange information and experiences on various aspects of mycotoxin
prevention and control, including post-harvest handling, processing,
transportation and storage, regulations, sampling, analysis, etc.;
3) To review current scientific knowledge related to mycotoxins
with particular reference to new emerging mycotoxins; 4) To promote
the harmonization of mycotoxin regulations and control procedures,
and facilitate international food trade based on sound scientific
principles and risk analysis; 5) To make recommendations on strategies
for further prevention and control of mycotoxin contamination while
minimizing food losses and ensuring the safety and wholesomeness
of food supply.
The 3rd Conference
will produce a report that will contain an overall review of the
current scientific knowledge on major mycotoxins and their impact
on human health, the environment, and the national economies of
developing countries. It will give particular attention to emerging
mycotoxins. The report will also contain internationally agreed
upon recommendations on strategies and programs for enhancing the
prevention and control of mycotoxin contamination. Contact: E. Boutrif,
FAO, Food Quality and Standards Service, Via Terme di Caracalla,
00100 Rome, Italy. Fax: +39-65-225-4593; E-Mail: Ezzeddine.Boutrif@fao.org.
AFRICAN ENVIRONMENTAL MUTAGEN SOCIETY (PAEMS) is organizing
a conference on "Susceptibility to Environmental Mutagens: Molecular,
Epidemiological and Public Health Aspects" to be held in Harare,
Zimbabwe, March 1-5, 1999. The deadline for completed abstract forms
is October 30, 1998. Contact: J. A. Hasler, PAEM 99, Dept. of Biochemistry,
University of Zimbabwe, P.O. Box MP 167, Mount Pleasant, Harare,
Zimbabwe. Fax: +2-63-433-3678, E-Mail: email@example.com.
in attending the 1999 GORDON CONFERENCE ON MYCOTOXINS AND PHYCOTOXINS
should contact M. Beremand, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Microbiology,
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. Fax: 409-685-6483,
INTERNATIONAL IUPAC SYMPOSIUM ON MYCOTOXINS AND PHYCOTOXINS,
organized by Myrna Sabino of the Adolfo Lutz Institute, Sao Paulo
(Fax: +55-11-853-3505, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org),
will be held from May 21-25, 2000 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The second
announcement, to be issued in February 1999 together with a call
for papers, can be received upon request to: Executive Secretariat,
R. Capitao Antonio Rosa, 376-1 andar, 01443-010 Sao Paulo Brazil.
E-Mail: eventosos@ complete.com.br.