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Huge quantities of food are wasted every year because they are invaded by toxic fungi or undesired fungal products, like “mycotoxins”. Mycotoxins can be produced on a wide range of agricultural commodities and under a diverse range of agronomic and ecological conditions worldwide. They have been estimated to affect a quarter of the world’s food crops, including many basic foodstuffs and animal feeds, as well as cash crops such as coffee having high economic value. Mycotoxins accumulation in foods and feeds represents a major threat to human and animal health as they are responsible for a variety of toxic effects including the induction of cancer, and digestive, blood and nerve defects.Because of the scale of the problem, a consortium of international experts in 2005 decided to found the “International Society for Mycotoxicology” in order to more effectively disseminate knowledge and skills on Toxigenic Fungi and Mycotoxins.The Society is registered as a non-profit association in accordance with the Italian law from which it derives all rights as a legal entity.

Why Choose ISM?

Courses and Conference

Among the activities of ISM, the organization and sponsoring of Courses and Conferences is one of the most fruitful and active ones. More than 10 training courses and about ten International Worskops and Conferences has been in charge of ISM in its first decade of activity.
The courses are mainly focused on new and traditional methods for mycotoxins detection and toxigenic fungi identification. They are usually addressed to young researchers or scientist interested to learn about the important topics of mycotoxins and toxigenic fungi, neither on new advanced and innovative methods. The Conferences usually dealing with different aspects related to toxigenic fungi and mycotoxins in relation to occurrence, contamination, ecology, biology, molecular and biochemical methods, crop protection and management, food safety aspect, etc..

FAC Journal

Food Additives and Contaminants publishes original research papers and critical reviews covering analytical methodology, occurrence, persistence, safety evaluation, detoxification, regulatory control, and surveillance of natural and man-made additives and contaminants in the food and animal feed chain.

Newsletter

The Mycotoxicology Newsletter (MTNL) is an international forum for the discussion of mycotoxins. It is published by VICAM since 1998 with I or II issues a year and since 2006 is an affiliated journal of ISM.