Special Issue "Coffee, Fungi, Mycotoxins, and Climate Change"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.
Interests: fungi; mycotoxins; climate change; fungal taxonomy; analytical chemistry; oil palm; Aspergillus; Penicillium; Ganoderma
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A Special Issue in Microorganisms on coffee, mycotoxins, and climate change is now open for paper submission from researchers. This is a natural progression from the successful review on the topic by Paterson et al. (2014) to which reference can be made. Coffee is one of the world's most traded commodities, and climate change (or the climate emergency) has at last become virtually the top public and scientific concern. Mycotoxins are of major relevance to the need for healthy and sustainable foods, again of primary importance to the world. Climate change has a major detrimental effect on the ability to grow coffee, and where it can no longer grow, there will be no mycotoxin problem. There will be regions of a marginal climate for growing coffee where the product will be more susceptible to mycotoxin contamination from fungi. Newly-planted coffee may have low levels of mycotoxins. The principal mycotoxin of concern is ochratoxin A, although others are becoming relevant. There are many countries now involved in coffee production, so what is the situation for each country? The taxonomy of the producing fungi is evolving, and we need to know the current state of the systematics of these groups. Are the analytical and taxonomic schemes suitable for the purpose, especially for Aspergillus, or are some too complicated for developing countries? Novel species may be emerging under climate change. What are the appropriate computer models for assessing climate change, coffee, and mycotoxins? The optimal methods for controlling mycotoxins in coffee, especially under climate change, require explanation. These are some of the questions we will address with this germane Special Issue, and we enthusiastically encourage you to submit research and review papers in these areas.
We are requesting papers in:
- Modeling the effect of climate change on coffee growing;
- Current and modeling future levels of OTA in coffee in Brazil;
- Current and modeling future levels of OTA in coffee in Colombia;
- Current and modeling future levels of OTA in coffee in Vietnam;
- Fungi involved in OTA production in Brazil;
- Fungi involved in OTA production in Colombia;
- Fungi involved in OTA production in Vietnam;
- Fungi involved in OTA production globally (apart from Brazil, Colombia, and Vietnam);
- Amelioration of climate change on coffee growing;
- Amelioration of OTA fungi growing on coffee;
- Other mycotoxins and fungi on coffee;
- The effect of coffee disease, e.g., rust fungus (e.g., Hemileia vastatrix) on mycotoxin levels of coffee;
- Effect of climate change on rust fungi, e.g., Hemileia vastatrix.
Paterson, R.R.M., Lima, N. & Taniwaki, M.H. (2014) Coffee, mycotoxins and climate change. Food Research International, 61, 1-15.
Prof. R. Russell M. Paterson
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- ochratoxin A
- climate change
- global heating