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Title: An interactive tool for the identification of airborne and food fungi
Authors: Varese, Giovanna Cristina
Anastasi, Antonella
Voyron, Samuele
Filipello Marchisio, Valeria
Keywords: Airborne fungi
food spoilage
fungal identification
indoor fungi
interactive keys
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Citation: Giovanna Cristina Varese [et al.], An interactive tool for the identification of airborne and food fungi, in Pier Luigi Nimis and Régine Vignes Lebbe (eds.): “Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems. Proceedings of the International Congress, Paris, September 20-22, 2010”, Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010, pp. 183-187.
Abstract: The growth of fungi may result in several kinds of food-spoilage: off-flavours, discolouration, rotting and formation of pathogenic or allergenic propagules. Moreover many foodborne fungi produce mycotoxins and thus fungal growth in foods and feeds should be avoided. Much interest has also grown for the fungi present in indoor environments, since exposure to airborne biological agents in both the occupational and residential environments could be associated with a wide range of adverse health effects with major public health impact, including infectious diseases, acute toxic effects, allergies and cancer. An interactive identification tool was created for food- and airborne microfungi at the genus and/or species level, based on morphological and physiological data, using the software FRIDA. The interactive key can also be stored on CD- or DVD-roms, or used on media such as PocketPCs of Smartphones. Our key allows the identification of 59 genera/groups and 217 species belonging mainly to Zygomycota and anamorphic and teleomorphic Ascomycota. The database comes with a set of detailed descriptions of each genus and species, a rich archive of images, a glossary of the most frequent mycological terms, and references to descriptions; in addition, culture condition requirements for identification are provided.
ISBN: 978-88-8303-295-0
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