November 2016

Course Fungal Biodiversity 2017
You can still register !
CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, Utrecht, Uppsalalaan 8, The Netherlands.
Price: € 2000,-

This two week course provides a concise overview of the biodiversity of organisms making up the Kingdoms Fungi and Chromista. The course focuses on systematics and general ecology of fungi, as well as related topics such as soil mycology and diagnostics of plant pathogens. Both visual and molecular recognition methods will be discussed and practical hands-on experience will be gained in the morphological recognition, isolation and cultivation of fungi. The course is intended for (micro)biology students, PhD students, technicians and scientists/students who would like to obtain a fundamental understanding of fungi

P. W. Crous and G.J.M. Verkley
Course assistant: Arien van Iperen

Language of instruction:
The course is given in the English language, but several other languages are spoken (Dutch, German, French).
Topical lectures will be presented by specialists from CBS and invited speakers

Course Book:
CBS Lab Manual I: Fungal Biodiversity. Handouts of several lectures will be provided during the course.
Course book included in the course fee!

New 3-year IS0 9001 certificate

On November 1st 2016, the CBS Collection acquired a new 3-year IS0 9001 certificate under the recently published new version of this norm for quality management systems, 9001:2015. CBS has been continuously ISO 9001 certified since it acquired ISO 9001:2000 in 2007. Staff of the CBS Collection department, and of supporting services of CBS and Hubrecht Institute, who contribute to maintaining the quality management system, gathered to celebrate. In the photo the new certificate is presented by Head Curator of Collection Gerard Verkley, flanked by Yeast Curator Marizeth Groenewald (left) and HI /CBS Managing Director Mariëtte Oosterwegel (right).

Meeting Reports

CBS Course Medical Mycology (17-28 October 2016)

CBS-ISHAM Workshop dermatophytes (30-31 October 2016)

KNPV working group on Fusarium (26 October 2016)

NHMRC grant application for fungal DNA barcoding

Closing the gap in early diagnostic capabilities for mycoses - DNA barcoding to combat an emerging global health problem

With this international project granted for 3 years by NH&MRC (Australia) and led by Prof. Wieland Meyer (Sydney, Australia), the aims are to build a reference database of a secondary barcode locus for pathogenic fungi and the establishment of an online reference database allowing to identify all known pathogenic fungi and to reduce turnaround time to 24-48h. The expected outcomes of the project are:

  1. Creation of a standardized, extensive, accurate, curated and universally accessible online database of barcodes for all pathogenic fungi, linked to all public sequence databases, which will form the basis for molecular identification using current and future DNA-based technologies.
  2. Establishment of the superiority of the dual-locus DNA barcode scheme for fungal ID compared with current diagnostic techniques and the feasibility to its transfer into both routine and reference mycology laboratories.
  3. Establishment of a “bench-to-bedside” test applicable to both clinical specimens and pure cultures, with a reduced turnaround time for fungal ID from the current 1-4 weeks to 24-48 hours, enabling earlier initiation of therapy and significantly improved patient outcomes.
  4. Enhanced capability in DNA technologies amongst present and future laboratory scientists.

Vincent Robert, Bioinformatics group leader at the CBS, is one of the five principal investigators of this project together with Wieland Meyer (Sydney, Australia), Sharon Chen (Sydney, Australia), Tania Sorrell (Sydney, Australia) and Paul Hebert (Guelph, Canada). His team will be in charge of data analysis, databasing and the creation of the efficient and scalable identification pipeline and website


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