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Welcome

Dear Colleagues

We have the pleasure to invite and welcome you to participate in a joint meeting of the 10th International Symposium on Poisonous Plants (ISOPP) and the International Society of Mycotoxicology (ISM) that is taking place on the beautiful Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from 2-5 October 2017. It would be great if you could join us for this exciting conference.

The secondary metabolism of plants and fungi results in the production of a diverse array of compounds with the capacity to contaminate food and feed supply chains.  Of the phytochemicals produced by plants some are potentially toxic substances often referred to as “anti-nutritional factors” but many affect different body systems resulting in impaired growth, reproduction, immunity and even death.  Furthermore, cereals, legumes and grasses may become infected with fungi during crop development or during storage of harvested or processed grain. Many fungi synthesize toxic secondary metabolites or mycotoxins.

Plant toxins and mycotoxins are conventionally considered to be distinct groups of compounds because of their different biological origins but neither are a single homogeneous group.  Both groups of toxins have many parallel features that raise similar research questions, have consequences for food safety and impact on global food security.     

To address these important issues, the key themes of the conference include

  • Global impact of plant toxins and mycotoxins in the 21st century
  • Implications for human, animal and environmental health
  • Bioactive potential of plant and fungal toxins
  • Analytical approaches to toxin detection and occurrence
  • Genomic and other mitigation strategies
  • Contemporary regulatory issues and trade
  • Emerging toxins in a changing environment.

The Conference will provide a forum for exchange of ideas with keynote speakers and leading scientists and experts from around the globe.  The conference program will include plenary presentations, panel discussions, concurrent and poster sessions. There will also be an opportunity for industry to provide information on products, equipment and services.

International Symposium on Poisonous Plants (ISOPP)

Historically, the ISOPP series began as a joint venture between the USA and Australia with the original founders – Dr. Lynn F. James, Research Leader of the USDA-ARS Poisonous Plant Research Lab in Logan, Utah, Dr. Selwyn Everist, Australian and Professor Alan Seawright from the Queensland Poisonous Plants Committee – as organizers. This joint venture was called the US-Australian Symposium on Poisonous Plants and was first held in Logan, Utah, June 19-24, 1977. The next three symposia were held in Brisbane, Australia in 1984, Logan, Utah in 1989, and Fremantle, Australia in 1992, respectively. It was at the 4th symposium that Dr. Peter Dorling proposed the name “International Symposium on Poisonous Plants” and the acronym ISOPP®. Following this meeting, the symposium truly became an international event with conferences in the USA, Scotland, Brazil and China. It is a venture that brings scientists, students, and others with an interest in poisonous plants together for scientific meetings followed by tour events to reinforce the educational experiences.

International Society for Mycotoxicology (ISM)

Huge quantities of food are wasted every year because of toxigenic fungal invasion or contamination with mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can be produced on most agricultural commodities and under a diverse range of agronomic and ecological conditions worldwide. The global scale of the problem, prompted a group of international scientists in 2005 to form ISM (http://www.mycotox-society.org/), in order to more effectively disseminate knowledge and skills on toxigenic fungi and mycotoxins through membership networking, scientific meetings, symposia, discussions, technical courses and publications.  The overall aim of the Society’s activities is the reduction of mycotoxins in the food and feed chains. To this end, ISM has a multidisciplinary membership including; chemists, mycologists and  fungal biologists, plant pathologists, toxicologists, food technologists, nutritionists,  plant breeders, veterinarians and physicians. The Society is governed by a Council which may include representatives of other regional Mycotoxin Societies, and/or Continental Representatives. 

We look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful part of Australia in October.

Professor Wayne Bryden
Chair, Conference Organising Committee