Morphological and molecular identification of fungi into air, water and food

Theoretical and practical course

Turin, Botanic Garden 20-22 June 2018

University of Turin, Mycotheca Universitatis Taurinensis (MUT) | 20-22 June 2018

The course is dedicated to the deepening of the main techniques for analysis, isolation, cultivation and identification by means of a polyphasic approach (which includes the analysis of the morphological and physiological and molecular characteristics) of fungi and yeasts, with particular reference to air polluting mushrooms in indoor environments, food (especially low water activity) and water.
Instructions will be provided for the preparation of mycological culture media best suited to the different types of sampling and the procedure for the fresh preparation of microscopic preparations for the recognition of yeasts and filamentous fungi will be shown.


Participants will try to identify the main fungal species involved in health problems and in the contamination of production environments and finished products (eg food and drugs), with particular attention to mycotoxin-producing fungi.
After contacting the MUT Manager, participants will be able to send samples of fungal isolates, which they consider to be of particular interest in their work, to the MUT by May 25, 2018. Among these will be chosen the most representative for a detailed discussion during laboratory exercises.

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