To the Global Mycological Community:

IMC 10 will open on 3 August 2014 in Bangkok, see here
We have invited the keynote and 8 plenary speakers see here
There are 55 symposia with 226 speakers see here
Abstracts (poster and oral presentation) have been submitted by 249 of the 766 additional mycologists who have signed up.

Each of the 55 symposia will add two speakers from the abstracts.

Now is the time to submit your own abstract, with a deadline of 30 April 2014 at see here

We are happy to announce that from the 1st of May 2014, Dr Ronald de Vries will be appointed as professor at Utrecht University for a period of five years. The special chair ‘Fungal Molecular Physiology’ will be an integral part of the research group Molecular Plant Physiology and the Institute of Environmental Biology in the Department of Biology.

Ronald joined the CBS in 2009, where he heads up the ‘Fungal Physiology’ programme, which in a relatively short time period has grown to more than 20 members of staff, including postdocs, students and technicians, which in turn has placed strain on the already limited space available in CBS. The acquisition of a new research wing for industrial mycology will accommodate Ronald’s group, as well as a new group on novel product discovery, and ML3 laboratories for the collection and medical mycology. We herewith congratulate Ronald with his appointment as professor, and wish him much success for the years to come.

Diversity and Barcoding of Medical Fungi:
Novel Achievements and Masterclass

A meeting of the ISHAM Working Groups on Barcoding and Scedosporium

On April 22 and 23, 2014 a special type of workshop on Fungal Barcoding will be organized. A set of model strains of two species (complexes) has been sent out to potential speakers who will present their methods, with hypotheses, limitations, calibrations, pitfalls etc. using to this same set of strains. With this innovative approach we plan to devote an entire day to state-of-the-art methodologies in mycology. The methods presented are highly diverse and include phylogeny, immunology, virulence factors, antifungal susceptibility, several types of animal models, and others. The second workshop day will be available for free communications.

The workshop takes place directly after Eastern, and in the middle of the tulip season in The Netherlands. It is therefore recommended not to wait too long with booking your flight and hotel. The workshop is free of charge and you will get free dinners in the historical centre of Utrecht, but we will be unable to sponsor hotels and flight tickets. Registration is compulsory. Free before 15 April. For on-site registration and no-show €100,- will be charged.

CBS Spring Symposium:
Fungal Genera and Genomes

Previous important and successful CBS Spring Symposia, One Fungus = One Name (2011), One Fungus = Which Name (2012) and One Fungus = Which Genes (2013) had a great impact on the mycological community. The CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre has now started with the preparation of the 2014 Spring Symposium, “Genera and Genomes” which takes place on 24-25 April 2014. The main topic of the symposium will be on how to integrate multigene DNA and genome data to make informed decisions about generic limits, and how to merge asexual and sexual generic names following changes to the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants. Furthermore, procedures to fix the genetic application of generic names by obtaining ex-type or ex-epitype isolates for whole genome analysis need to be addressed. Subsequent genomic data will provide reference information for a stable taxonomic system to understand how fungi interact in natural and synthetic communities.