May 2018

Director Pedro Crous appointed as KNAW member

Our director Pedro Crous has been appointed as one of the 21 new members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The KNAW has approximately 550 members. They are chosen on the basis of high-quality scientific performance. Members are appointed for life.
Pedro: 'It is a great honour for me that the KNAW has granted me membership. This is not only a personal recognition, but it also emphasizes the importance of our institute and the role of fungi in society. '

'Ambassador of Fungi'
For the Westerdijk Institute, this means taking an even greater role in making visible the important function that fungi play in our lives. 'Fungi represent an untapped resource that can significantly improve our quality of life. Think of new antibiotics to better industrial processes, or even better tasting wine or beer’, says Pedro. Now more than ever we can fulfil our role as 'Ambassador of Fungi'. 

Benefits of a rich biodiversity
In addition, educating people on the role of biodiversity is an important element of life says Pedro: ‘Making people aware that our abundant fungal diversity is a great treasure. Any loss of biodiversity on the planet, be it plants or animals, also relates to a loss of fungal biodiversity. We need to educate the general public about the value of our unseen wealth - fungi are in fact a new cryptocurrency – that is largely invisible but very valuable. The citizen science project that we have done during the past year in collaboration with the University Museum Utrecht is a good example of this. In the coming years we aim to expand our citizen science project to schools globally.'


Paul Hebert, the father of DNA barcoding, was just awarded the Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences!

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the 2018 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences (USD 200,000) to Paul Hebert, Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity at the University of Guelph (Canada).

Studies in Mycology No. 89

Leading women in fungal biology

Edited by Robert A. Samson
Volume 89, Pages 1–301 (March 2018)

Phylogenetic classification and generic delineation of Calyptosphaeria gen. nov., Lentomitella, Spadicoides and Torrentispora (Sordariomycetes)
M. Réblová, A.N. Miller, K. Réblová, V. Štěpánek Studies in Mycology 89: 1-62

Naming names: the first women taxonomists in mycology
Sara Maroske, Tom W. May Studies in Mycology 89: 63-84

RXLR effector diversity in Phytophthora infestans isolates determines recognition by potato resistance proteins; the case study AVR1 and R1
Y. Du, R. Weide, Z. Zhao, P. Msimuko, ... K. Bouwmeester Studies in Mycology 89: 85-93

Temporal variation of fungal diversity in a mosaic landscape in Germany
S. Rudolph, J.G. Maciá-Vicente, H. Lotz-Winter, M. Schleuning, M. Piepenbring Studies in Mycology 89: 95-104

Two different R gene loci co-evolved with Avr2 of Phytophthora infestans and confer distinct resistance specificities in potato
C. Aguilera-Galvez, N. Champouret, H. Rietman, X. Lin, ... V.G.A.A. Vleeshouwers Studies in Mycology 89: 105-115

Fungus wars: basidiomycete battles in wood decay
J. Hiscox, J. O'Leary, L. Boddy Studies in Mycology 89: 117-124

Novel and interesting Ophiocordyceps spp. (Ophiocordycipitaceae, Hypocreales) with superficial perithecia from Thailand
J. Luangsa-ard, K. Tasanathai, D. Thanakitpipattana, A. Khonsanit, M. Stadler Studies in Mycology 89: 125-142

Deconstructing the evolutionary complexity between rust fungi (Pucciniales) and their plant hosts
M.C. Aime, C.D. Bell, A.W. Wilson Studies in Mycology 89: 143-152

Phylogeny of dermatophytes with genomic character evaluation of clinically distinct Trichophyton rubrum and T. violaceum
Zhan, K. Dukik, D. Li, J. Sun, ... G.S. de Hoog Studies in Mycology 89: 153-175

Cladosporium species in indoor environments
K. Bensch, J.Z. Groenewald, M. Meijer, J. Dijksterhuis, ... R.A. Samson Studies in Mycology 89: 177-301

Course Food and Indoor Fungi 2018

8-12 October 2018

Course Food and Indoor Mycology and Course Introduction to novel identification methods

Two courses on different, but connected topics are given in this week: “Food and Indoor Mycology” (3 days) and “Introduction to novel identification methods of food- and indoor fungi” (2 days). This course in the identification and detection of food- and indoor fungi is unique in the world. It is packed with background information on several subjects, such as the recognition, detection, occurrence and impact of these fungi on food products and in human dwellings. After completion of both courses, you will also be up to date in detection and identification of food- and indoor fungi. We aim to teach broad audience including people that work in food and indoor related companies, (routine) laboratories, academia and research institutes who would like to exp and their knowledge on fungi occurring on food and in indoor environments.

Location: Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Utrecht, Uppsalalaan 8, The Netherlands.
Registration € 1949,-


International Mycological Congress (IMC12) coming to Amsterdam!
Mark the date as it will be a life changing experience!

25-29 July 2022!


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