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Molecular Biology of Food and Water Borne Mycotoxigenic and Mycotic Fungi

ISBN 9781466559868
Published June 24, 2015 by CRC Press
638 Pages 89 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A part of the Food Microbiology Series, Molecular Biology of Food and Water Borne Mycotoxigenic and Mycotic Fungi reveals similarities between fungi present in/on food and water and those that cause human fungal diseases. The book covers food borne mycotoxigenic fungi in depth and examines food borne fungi from the standpoint of mycoses (i.e. fungal growth on humans) as well as mycotoxin diseases and includes contributions from a wide range of international experts in food borne fungal pathogens research.

Designed to be a single source on food borne human fungal pathogens including mycotoxigenic fungi, the book presents:

  • Basic concepts of developments in nomenclature and bar coding
  • Authoritative description of key molecular techniques applicable to food borne fungal pathogens research
  • State-of-art review of molecular biology, genome structure, epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, control, and prevention of major food borne fungal pathogens
  • Thorough discussion of alternative methods to those involving nucleic acids

The book provides higher-level knowledge of which foods and water can contain potentially dangerous fungi. It includes background information on basic mycology, covers identification methods, and discusses molecular biological and other biochemical methods, and supplies information on vaccines against fungi. It is a reliable roadmap to future developments in improved, innovative molecular methods.

Table of Contents

R. Russell M. Paterson and Nelson Lima
Mycotoxin-Producing and Clinically Important Fungi: Their Classification and Naming
David L. Hawksworth
Phylogenetic Analysis Especially in Relation to Fungi
Anna Muszewska and Krzysztof Ginalski
Fungal DNA Barcoding
Robert, G. Cardinali, B. Stielow, T.D. Vu, F. Borges dos Santos, W. Meyer, and C. Schoch
Metabolomics in Food- and Waterborne Fungal Pathogens
Danny Alexander, Adam D. Kennedy, Nalini Desai, Elizabeth Kensicki, and Kirk L. Pappan
Systems Biology in Fungi
Oscar Dias and Isabel Rocha
Brief History of Fungal Genomics from Linkage Maps to Sequences
Kevin McCluskey and Scott E. Baker
Recommendations for Quantitative PCR Aspergillus Assays
Stéphane Bretagne, Odile Cabaret, and Jean-Marc Costa
Richard C. Summerbell and James A. Scott
Alternaria Mycoses
Giuliana Lo Cascio and Marco Ligozzi
Alternaria spp. and Mycotoxins
Miguel Ángel Pavón, Isabel González, Rosario Martín, and Teresa García
Aspergillus and Aspergillosis
Malcolm D. Richardson and Riina M.K. Rautemaa
Aspergillus Mycotoxins
János Varga, Sándor Kocsubé, Gyöngyi Szigeti, Nikolett Baranyi, and Beáta Tóth
Hasima Mustafa Bamadhaj, Giek Far Chan, and Noor Aini Abdul Rashid
Candida as Foodborne Pathogens
Sónia Silva, Cláudia Botelho, and Mariana Henriques
Vit Hubka
Claviceps: The Ergot Fungus
Janine Schürmann and Paul Tudzynski
Jeannette Guarner
Carmen del Águila de la Puente, Soledad Fenoy Rodríguez, and Nuno Henriques-Gil
Olga Matos and Maria Luisa Lobo
Mycotoxins of Fusarium spp.: Biochemistry and Toxicology
Anthony De Lucca and Thomas J. Walsh
Lichtheimia (ex Absidia)
Volker U. Schwartze and Kerstin Hoffmann
Sean P. Abbott
Luis Zaror, Patricio Godoy-Martínez, and Eduardo Álvarez
Paecilomyces: Mycotoxin Production and Human Infection
Cintia de Moraes Borba and Marcelly Maria dos Santos Brito
Penicillium Mycotoxins: Physiological and Molecular Aspects
Rolf Geisen
Phoma as Opportunistic Fungal Pathogens in Humans
Mahendra Rai, Vaibhav V. Tiwari, and Evangelos Balis
Yeasts Previously Included in the Genus Pichia
Volkmar Passoth
Medically Important Rhodotorula Species
Sahar Yazdani, Audrey N. Schuetz, Ruta Petraitiene, Malcolm D. Richardson, and Thomas J. Walsh
Saccharomyces and Kluyveromyces Infections
Firas A. Aswad, Vibhati V. Kulkarny, Kingsley Asare, and Samuel A. Lee
Trichoderma Mycoses and Mycotoxins
Christian P. Kubicek and Irina S. Druzhinina
Trichosporon, Magnusiomyces, and Geotrichum
Guillermo Quindós, Cristina Marcos-Arias, Elena Eraso, and Josep Guarro
Janja Zajc, Sašo Jančič, Polona Zalar, and Nina Gunde-Cimerman
Vaccine Development against Fungi
James I. Ito
Fungi in Drinking Water
Ida Skaar and Gunhild Hageskal

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Dr Paterson has a BSc Honours (2:1) in Applied Microbiology from the University of Strathclyde, UK. His MSc and PhD were in Chemistry from the University of Manchester, UK. He undertook a 2.5 year postdoctoral appointment at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, New York, USA. Dr Paterson worked at the Centre for Industrial Innovation, Strathclyde University for 2 years before being employed at the international non-governmental organization, CABI, UK where he was the Senior Scientist researching Fungal Natural Products. He was awarded the IOI Professorial Chair in Plant Pathology at the Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia in 2008. Currently, he is employed as a researcher at the Centre for Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal. He has worked in many countries particularly in S. E. Asia and was central to a fungal bioprospecting project in the Iwokrama rain forest of Guyana. The European Research Council confirmed that he is an External Reviewer of Projects (2012, 2013). He was coordinating editor of Mycopathologia, and is an editor of Current Enzyme Inhibition, Journal of Earth Science & Climatic Change, and Current Opinion in Food Science. He has written numerous papers, books and chapters on heath aspects of fungi towards humans, particularly in relation to mycotoxin and fungal contamination of food and drinking water. He has a total publication list of c. 200.

Nelson Lima earned his PhD in engineering sciences (biotechnology) from the University of Minho, Portugal, in 1993 and has been a full professor of the University of Minho since March 2004. His primarily research is related to food and environmental mycology with the integration of polyphasic approaches for fungal identification. He has also been involved for more than 25 years in the educational research field, mainly in science and environmental promotion and education. Since 1996, he is head of the fungal culture collection, Micoteca da Universidade do Minho (MUM). He was member of the executive board of the World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC) from 2007 to 2010 and the collection officer of the European Culture Collections’ Organisation (ECCO) from 2003 to 2006. Currently he is the president of ECCO. He has been the evaluator or consultant of different funding agencies such as in Chile (CONICYT), Brazil (FINEP), Belgium (BELSOP), and the European Commission. He has been partner of several EU and Brazilian research funding projects, as well as coordinator or partner of several Portuguese research projects. In Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, and Chile, he has supervised 21 PhD and 28 master’s theses.


"This major text is designed to bring together in a single place the latest information on food borne human fungal pathogens, including mycotoxigenic fungi. At the same time it provides background to our knowledge of the fungi involved, especially in the light of molecular systematic studies. This combination is especially welcome as applied mycologists do not always have ready access to explanations of current methodologies and procedures for the naming and characterization of fungi.... This book merits a place in all laboratories dealing with aspects of food spoilage and clinically important fungi, and is also a source of much other information on the genera treated that will be pertinent to those working with them in other areas of applied mycology, especially biodeterioration, food spoilage, and postharvest losses."
IMA Fungus, Vol. 6, No. 2