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During the Westerdijk Anniversary Year the Utrecht University organizes lunchtime lectures, an interesting insight into an aspect of microbiology or Westerdijk, combined with culinary lunch bites. On May 22nd Pedro Crous will talk about the legacy of Johanna Westerdijk.

In 1904 Prof. Frits A.F.C. Went received permission from the International Botanical Society to initiate an international culture collection for microbes. The Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (now Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute) was founded shortly thereafter. In 1907, Johanna Westerdijk (23 years old at the time) became the first director of the institute.

The collection started to expand drastically; many strains were submitted by phytopathology students or international colleagues that Westerdijk approached herself. Over the past 117 years, the collection has grown into the world’s largest living fungal collection. But what is Westerdijk’s real legacy? Is it in today’s vast number of strains, or are there other more memorable milestones?

Culinary event
During this lunchtime lecture, chef Ruud Klapmuts will hold a culinary event outside the Westerdijk Institute (Uppsalalaan 8, USP De Uithof). On the spot he will prepare hot and cold fungi snacks, such as stir-fried mushrooms. From 11:00 till 12:00 hrs and from 13:00 till 13:30 hrs you are welcome to enjoy a variety of edible fungi.

Register via Westerdijk@uu.nl. Lunch will be provided.

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