June 2020

IMC12 2022

The 12th International Mycological Congress (IMC12) will be organized in Amsterdam, The Netherlands July 25-29, 2022. The last time this event was held in Europe was IMC9, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2010, which was a great success. Although 2022 seems far away, we are already working on the various aspects of the program. Six themes have been identified, namely

Theme 1: Cell biology, biochemistry and physiology;
Theme 2: Environment, ecology and interactions;
Theme 3: Evolution, biodiversity and systematics;
Theme 4: Fungal pathogenesis and disease control;
Theme 5: Genomics, genetics and molecular biology;
Theme 6: Applied Mycology; and
Theme 7: Nomenclature.

Each theme has three international chairs that will help us to develop the program [see below] together with an International Advisory Board, and input from the global mycologists’ community. Looking forward to see you all in Amsterdam in the not so far away future.

Pedro Crous, chair of IMC12
Teun Boekhout, coordinator scientific program IMC12

Chairs of each theme

Theme 1: Cell biology, biochemistry and physiology
Chair 1, Ida van der Klei, NL
Chair 2, Gregory Jedd, Singapore
Chair 3, Marcio Rodriques, Brazil

Theme 2: Environment, ecology and interactions
Chair 1, Lynne Body, UK
Chair 2, Duur Aanen, NL
Chair 3, Yu Fukasawa, Japan

Theme 3: Evolution, biodiversity and systematics
Chair 1, Jos Houbraken, NL
Chair 2, Ester Gaya, UK
Chair 3, Lei Cai, China

Theme 4: Fungal pathogenesis and disease control
Chair 1, Dee Carter, Australia
Chair 2, Martijn Rep, NL
Chair 3, Juan McEwen, Colombia

Theme 5: Genomics, genetics and molecular biology
Chair 1, Miia Mäkelä, Finland
Chair 2, Ronald de Vries, NL
Chair 3, Brenda Wingfield, South Africa

Theme 6: Applied Mycology
Chair 1, Lene Jespersen, Denmark
Chair 2, Nancy Keller, USA
Chair 3, Richard Belanger, Canada

Theme 7: Nomenclature
Chair 1, Tom May, Australia
Chair 2, Konstanze Bensch, Germany
Chair 3, Bevan Weir, New Zealand

Course Food and Indoor Fungi 2020 open for registration
5-9 October 2020, Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Even though we live in unusual times, we decided to go ahead and teach our course on Food and Indoor Fungi on October 5-9 2020. The course will be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and social distancing guidelines and hygiene measures applicable at that time will be followed. Due to these rules, we only have space for a limited number of participants and availability is based on a first-come, first-served basis.


CBS and NCCB Collection & Identification services back UP to speed!

Our customers can browse our strain catalogues and place orders online again! When you submit your order, our Sales team will contact you to inquire after your current situation and discuss with you how to best execute your order as soon as possible.
Email us: Sales@wi.knaw.nl

Service Unit identification services
The Service Unit, responsible for strain identification, contract research and sample analysis, wasn’t completely closed and remained opened for urgent analyses. Many companies were happy that we could help them with our expertise to answer questions on food spoilage and indoor fungal growth. The Service Unit is now fully opened again and happy to assist you!
Email us
: ServiceUnit@wi.knaw.nl

Brochure of our services
Find all information about what services the Westerdijk Institute can offer in our new full-colour downloadable brochure.

Fungal Systematics and Evolution ("FUSE")

FUSE in PubMed
Our journal Fungal Systematics and Evolution (“FUSE”) is now also indexed by PubMed (PMC)!

FUSE Vol. 5, June 2020, is available through Ingenta Connect. Twelve articles on a diverse range of subjects, describing numerous new taxa, are there for you to enjoy. FUSE has an Open Access publishing policy. FUSE is full colour, does not charge page charges nor colour plate charges, and there are no length restrictions.

The Atlas will appear in print again!

This Autumn the Atlas ofClinical Fungi will appear in print. With several thousands of pages in full colour on more than 700 fungi, the book provides a wealth of information on medical mycology. The several volumes are organized in analogy of the Fungal Kingdom, and because it includes numerous opportunists it is also useful for workers outside the medical area. Complementary to the search tools of the website, the book provides an overview of the rich data collected over 30 years of medical mycology, covering diagnostics, taxonomy, phylogeny, nomenclature, antifungals, and histopathology, validated by almost 8000 references. The layout is pleasant to read, and the photo plates are stunning, often showing unique features of the fungi. 
The Atlas of Clinical Fungi is a non-profit project and at € 250,- the book is reasonably priced. Please note that pre-ordering of the book is compulsory.


The Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute is now an ESCMID (European Society for Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases) Collaborative Center. This is a great honour, as there are only a few ESCMID ECC’s that have expertise in the field of mycology.


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