Nordic-Baltic Fusarium seminar

Mar. 9 - 10, 2017 in Riga, Latvia

Fusaum wheat


Fusarium head blight is one of the most important diseases in small grain cereals. This plant disease, which is caused by fungal species within the genus Fusarium, may have a negative influence on yield and grain quality. Mycotoxins produced by Fusarium species, accumulate in grains and may cause adverse health problems when consumed by human and animals.

Organizing committee

Biruta Bankina, Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvia

Regīna Rancāne, Latvian Plant Protection Research Centre, Latvia

Līga Feodorova – Fedotova, Latvian Plant Protection Research Centre, Latvia

Scientific committee
Ingerd Skow Hofgaard, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway

Ulf Thrane, DTU Bioengineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Thomas Börjesson, Agroväst, Sweden

Päivi Parikka, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland

Skaidre Suproniene, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Lithuania

Biruta Bankina, Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvia

Heino Lõiveke, Estonian Crop Research Institute, Estonia


Official seminar language is English.


Seminar partner

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1. Plant - Fusarium interactions (including Fusarium biology and disease resistance)

Invited keynote speaker: Thomas Miedaner

2. Management of Fusarium and mycotoxins

Invited keynote speaker: Susanne Vogelgsang



NJF Seminar 494

Nordic-Baltic Fusarium seminar

Riga, 9-10 March 2017

Bellevue Park Hotel Riga, Slokas iela 1, Riga, LV-1048



9 March

Plant - Fusarium interactions (including Fusarium biology and disease resistance)






Welcome and introduction



Keynote lecture

Thomas Miedaner

University of Hohenheim, Germany


Genomics and genetics of Fusarium resistance and aggressiveness in small-grain cereals.


Morten Lillemo

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Norway

New insights into the genetic architecture of Fusarium head blight resistance in Nordic spring wheat through genome-wide association mapping with SNP markers.


Juho Hautsalo

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Finland

How to improve Fusarium resistance in oats?


Coffee break



Tatiana Yu. Gagkaeva

All-Russian Institute of Plant Protection (VIZR), St-Petersburg, Pushkin, Russia

Factors affecting the growth and morphology of Fusarium langsethiae strains on culture media.


Heidi Udnes Aamot

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Norway

The epidemiology of Fusarium langsethiae in oats.


Ingerd Skow Hofgaard

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Norway

Resistance to Fusarium langsethiae in Norwegian oats – SafeOats.





Poster session (presentations, 5 min each)



Ruth Dill-Macky

University of Minnesota, USA

Fusarium head blight: understanding the saprophyte, controlling the pathogen.


Neringa Rasiukeviciute

Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Lithuania

Fusarium species on non-graminaceous plants and Fusarium graminearum pathogenicity.


Coffee break



Tapani Yli-Mattila

Department of Biochemistry, University of Turku, Turku, Finland

Fusarium graminearum trichothecene genotypes in Europe and Russian far east.


Paula Persson

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Fusarium graminearum spores in the air – when do they occur and what does it mean?


Anastasia S. Hole

 Nofima, Norwegian institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture research, Norway

Deoxynivalenol, deoxynivalenol-3-glucoside and 3-acetyldeoxynivalenol in processed oat: effect of steaming, flaking and cooking on mycotoxin level.


Teis Søndergaard

Aalborg Universitet, Denmark

Bio-guided screening.


Conference dinner

Restaurant Kliversala at the Castle of Light, Mukusalas iela 3, Riga, LV-1048

An excursion at the Castle of Light before dinner.

10 March

Management of Fusarium and mycotoxins


Keynote lecture

Susanne Vogelgsang

Agroscope, Switzerland


Reducing the risk of Fusarium head blight and mycotoxins in cereals.


Hanna Friberg

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Environmental and agricultural factors affecting Fusarium community composition in wheat kernels


Veli Hietaniemi

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Finland

The Fusarium Mycotoxins in Finnish Cereal Grains: How to Control and Manage the Risk.


Coffee break



Päivi Parikka

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Finland

Does zero-tillage increase mycotoxins in oats and barley?


Anne-Grete Roer Hjelkrem

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Norway

Associations between fusarium mycotoxin accumulations in oats and weather conditions.


Thomas Börjesson

Agroväst Livsmedel AB, Sweden

Weather-based models to predict DON in oats in the western parts of Sweden.





Poster session (presentations, 5 minute each)



Skaidre Suproniene

Institute of Agriculture, Lithuanian Researche Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Lithuania

Diversity of FHB causing Fusarium species from weeds of non-cereal crops.


Guro Brodal

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety, Norway

Comparison of mycotoxins in organically and conventionally grown crops in temperate regions.




Practical info

Registration fee

NJF members before 09.01.2017: 280 EUR

Students before 09.01.2017: 180 EUR

Others before 09.01.2017:  330 EUR

NJF members after: 09.01.2017:  330 EUR

Students after 09.01.2017: 230 EUR

Others after 09.01.2017:  380 EUR


Seminar venue: Bellevue Park Hotel Riga, Slokas iela 1, Riga, LV-1048, Latvia

It is recomended to stay at Bellevue Park Hotel Riga for seminar price. https://www.hotelbellevue.lv/en 

To book the room you should write an e-mail to reservations@bellevue.lv until 09.02.2017. Please mention the key word: Nordic-Baltic Fusarium seminar in your letter to get the discount.

If you need help with room reservation or you want to stay in other hotel please contact the seminar secretary - liga.f.fedotova@laapc.lv


Travel information

More information about Riga Airport: http://www.riga-airport.com/en

There are several ways how to get from the airport to the hotel/seminar venue:

  • By taxi


  • By public transport (22 bus)


Approximate length of a drive from the airport until hotel: 20-25 minutes depending from the traffic. It is possible to buy tickets for public transport in Narvesen (kiosk at the airport) or to the driver inside of the bus. You should leave the bus at the stop Uzvaras bulvāris. To reach the hotel you should go back (5-10 minutes) through the park.

Important dates

Important deadlines
- Proposal for posters and papers: 09.09.2016
- Notification of acceptance for oral and poster presentations: 09.11.2016
- Submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations: 09.01.2017

Call for papers and posters:
Please send a summary of max 250 words of your proposed poster or oral presentation
to seminar secretary liga.f.fedotova@laapc.lv : 09.09.2016

- Early registration: 09.01.2017
- Late registration: 09.02.2017


Abstract format

Title of presentation (in Verdana 12 pt)

First name Last name1, Second Author2

1First Institute, address, telephone, e-mail

2Second Institute, address

Add full names of authors separated by commas on the first row and addresses after a blank row each starting from new row. Use subscripts after the name to indicate who is from which institute.

Add address of each author and telephone number and e-mail of the corresponding author. All in Verdana 10 pt italic.

Abstract body text – should fit in 1 page (2 pages acceptable if necessary) in Verdana 10 pt including references. Use line spacing 1. Page margins – top and bottom 2,54 cm, left and right 3,15 cm.

Name the file with the surname of the presenting author.

Abstracts will be published in abstract book.

Poster size A0.