By J. I. Pitt, R. A. Samson (auth.), Robert A. Samson, John I. Pitt (eds.)
In our view, the 1st overseas Penicillium and Aspergillus Workshop held in Baarn and Amsterdam in might, 1985, was once an outstanding good fortune. The meeting in a single position of such a lot of experts in those genera produced either fascinating viewpoints and full of life discussions. yet extra really, a awesome team spirit of principles emerged, borne basically of the realisation that taxonomy has handed from the palms of the solitary morphologist. the way forward for taxonomy lay in collaborative and multidisciplinary stories embracing morphology, body structure and more recent methodologies. Penicillium and Aspergillus Workshop was once borne logically the second one overseas from the 1st, and used to be held in Baarn on might 8-12, 1989. It was once attended by means of 38 scientists from sixteen nations. At this Workshop we have now tried to maneuver additional into new tools, in particular by way of bringing jointly molecular biologists, scientific and foodstuff mycologists and biochemists in addition to extra conventional taxonomists. We consider that the assembly contributed vastly to discussion among taxonomists, and likewise primary and utilized mycologists. on the assembly, we grew to become acutely aware that the method of taxonomy of those genera is now changing into extra pragmatic, with an expanding emphasis on consensus, and on balance of names. it is a noteworthy improvement, which we, as editors, welcome. such a lot of species in Penicillium and Aspergillus are economically very important in biotechnology, meals and drugs, and sensible, sturdy taxonomy is of significant value. those complaints include forty papers divided into nine chapters.