May 2015

Report CBS Symposium Week 2015
April 20-24 2015

The Second International Workshop on Ascomycete Systematics

The Second International Workshop on Ascomycete Systematics was recently held in Amsterdam (April 22-24), organised by the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre. The first two days were at the premises of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (“KNAW”) and the final day was held in a beautiful meeting room at Artis Zoo. There were 150 attendees and speakers from all over the world, including 50 Postdocs and students. All participants look back on a highly successful meeting with many interesting talks and speakers and time for networking. All attendees were also invited to visit MICROPIA, the new exhibition at the Artis Zoo, to “meet their microbes”, a wonderful experience. As part of our mission to promote mycology and share this important meeting with the global community, all talks were captured digitally. Talks from those mycologists that gave permission for their presentations to be shared, can now be viewed on youtube:  The topic of next year’s symposium is: Fungi and One Health. This symposium will focus on plant, animal and human health, also underlining the industrial applications emerging for fungi. Dates: 14 and 15 April, 2016. Mark your agenda!


Report Genomics of Neglected Pathogens

As a Satellite of the CBS Spring Symposium Week, a workshop Genomics of Neglected Pathogens was organised at the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre on 20-21 April, 2015. With close to seventy participants, human pathogens and opportunists like Coccidioides, Sporothrix, black yeasts, and other significant but frequently overlooked fungi were put in the spotlight. Genomes of several opportunists often with fascinating natural ecologies have recently become available or will be sequenced in near future. Joint initiatives were started as outcome of the workshop to analyse these data. A selection of papers from these initiatives has been agreed upon to be published in journals like Studies in Mycology, PLoS Genetics and others. The workshop was organized by Sybren de Hoog, Benjamin Stielow, Anne van Diepeningen, and Bert Gerrits van den Ende. We thank the sponsors of this workshop ISHAM, ECMM, Astellas and Elsevier.


Report Yeasts Taxonomy Workshop

About 30 yeast taxonomist from all around the globe gathered at CBS on April 20 and 21 to discuss how to implement an updated taxonomy based on DNA data. The current classification at the genus level is still largely based on morphology and secondly the separate classifications for asexual and sexual names needs to be combined in one. This will have major implications for some of the most important clinical yeasts, such as some candida and Cryptococcus species, but this is also highly important for the biotech/food industries, as well as for ecologists in their metagenomics studies. Good progress was made and priorities were set in order to have these reclassifications done at the end of 2015.

DNA Barcoding Conference 3 June 2015

For 5 years Naturalis and CBS-KNAW have co-operated with actual and potential users, taxonomists and dedicated laboratories to built up an extensive reference database of DNA Barcodes of groups including fungi of medical and quarantine importance and invasive plant species of the Netherlands. The collaboration between all partners has proven to be extremely successful. The knowledge base is now ready for use in all domains where reliable species identification is essential, including forensics, medical entomology, and ecosystem studies using metabarcoding. The activities were all facilitated by a grant of the Fonds Economische Structuurversterking to Naturalis and CBS-KNAW.

The results of the project and prospects for future use of DNA barcoding will be the topic of a one-day symposium to be held on 3 June 2015 in the Jaarbeurs Utrecht.

For more information on the programme go to: dna barcoding programme Participation is free, but advance registration is compulsory. To register for the conference, please click here

Questions or cancellation of registration, please send an E-mail to

logo klokhuisStudies in Mycology No. 80
Hypocrealean lineages of industrial and phytopathological importance

Editors: L. Lombard, J.Z. Groenewald and P.W. Crous.
Details: 245 pp., fully illustrated with colour pictures (A4 format), paperback, 2015.
Price: € 70,-

ISHAM 2018

CBS-KNAW congratulates ISHAM on choosing Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as the venue for the 20th Congress of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology on 2-6 July 2018.


Winner of YOUNG ISHAM poster

Abdullah Al-Hatmi, PhD student at the medical mycology group (The Fungal Biodiversity Centre (CBS), University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) won the prize for best young ISHAM poster at this year’s ISHAM 2015 Conference (ISHAM2015) in Melbourne, Australia. The winning poster “Emergence of fusarioses in a university hospital in Turkey during a 20-year period” was selected from a set of excellent candidates based on technical evaluations and the award committee vote. Abdullah was awarded his prize during the ISHAM2015 closing plenary session on 8th of May 2015.