M.Cp.0008 Mycotoxins and Fungal Virulence Factors (6 ECTS / 4 SWS)

Prof. Dr. P. Karlovsky
Department of Crop Sciences, Division of Molecular Phytopathology and Mycotoxin Research


Student Workload – 180h ( 56 h contact time)

Type of instruction Lecture and Practical

Frequency (WS/SS) ---- WS,

Duration --- one semester

The most important mycotoxins will be presented and described, concepts to determine the toxicity and procedures to develop legal maximum values will be discussed, and the risk for consumers and animals will be judged. The ecological importance of mycotoxins will be discussed, methods of mycotoxin identification will be explained and methods to reduce the mycotoxin contents of plant products will be presented.
Selected phytoalexins and phytohormons playing a role as a factor of virulence or pathogenecity in plant diseases will be introduced.
In the practical students will process plant material and use different methods for analysis of mycotoxins.

Students will realize the importance of secondary metabolites produced by fungi in plant production. They will be able to compare and rate the significance of natural toxins and anthropogenic substances and to classify different food contaminations according to their toxicology
In the laboratory students will acquire practical knowledge of chemical- analytical methods, so they will be able to select the optimum analytical method.

Exam requirements
The most important mycotoxins in plant production,; methods to analyze the toxicity, development of legal maximum values; methods of mycotoxin identification; factors determining mycotoxin content of plant products; role of phytoalexins and phytohormones as factors of virulence and pathogenicity.

Examination --- Oral examination, 20 minutes

Entrance requirements --- none

Number of students ----12