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Molecular Biology of Food and Water Borne Mycotoxigenic and Mycotic Fungi

1st Edition

Edited by R. Russell M. Paterson, Nelson Lima

CRC Press

638 pages | 89 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

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

About the Editors

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.

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