Myco Globe Structure

The MycoGlobe project consists of six Work packages (WPs), whose activities and objectives are detailed below and involve eight participants (Table 1, Fig. 1): WP1. Steering Committee (SC).

WP2. Conference on "Integration of Mycotoxin and Toxigenic Fungi European Research for Food Safety in Global System" (October 22, 2004, Brussels). WP3. Conference "Learning from the EC: Reducing Impact of Mycotoxins in Tropical Agriculture with Emphasis on Health and Trade in Africa" (September 13-16, 2005, Accra, Ghana). WP4. Conference "Advances in Genomics, Biodiversity and Rapid System for Detection of

Toxigenic Fungi and Mycotoxins" (September 26-29, 2006, Monopoli, Bari, Italy). WP5. Workshop/Training course on "Mycotoxins and Toxigenic Fungi Detection Methods" (October 2-6, 2006, Bari, Italy). WP6. Bilateral workshops with Australia and USA, respectively, Sydney (February 15-17, 2006) and New Orleans (July 5-7, 2005). The Steering Committee has a key-role in: i) the selection of speakers and session chairpersons for the conferences; ii) preparation and production of the final report; and iii) ensuring the consistency of the scientific programs of the conferences and documents delivered as a result of the project.

All the conferences follow a similar outline: a series of presentations including keynote lectures, oral presentations grouped in different sessions and poster sessions. In each case, the goal is to coordinate research and exchange information at an international level on research in mycotoxins and toxigenic fungi. Conference sessions and discussions are targeted towards European scientists and key international scientists in the public and private sector, decision-makers and stakeholders. Special emphasis is placed on the new EU Member States, candidate countries and countries that have signed exchange agreements with the EU, as well as international organizations and research centers.

The kick-off conference in Brussels focused on the dissemination of the outcome of the Mycotoxin Prevention Cluster and other related projects of FP5 and FP6. Selected speakers from all continents provided a worldwide summary of research on mycotoxins and toxigenic fungi. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Mycotoxin Cluster dissemination meeting that was held the day before at the same location. A CD with pdf files con-

Table 1. Partners' expertise and role in the MycoGlobe project

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