Course Fungal Biodiversity 2019 by Webmaster Courses 2018-09-28 14:10:08
February 4-15 2019 Registration

Venue: Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, 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

Outline of the topics treated in this course:

  • General Introduction  
  • General methods: Aseptic working, media and incubation, microscopic examination of Fungi
  • Introduction to the Fungal Kingdom with examples: Oomycota, Zygomycota, Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, deuteromycetes, yeasts
  • Oomycota and Chytridiomycota with examples
  • Zygomycota (Mucoromycotina)
  • Nomenclature of Fungi
  • Conidiogenesis with examples
  • Aspergillus, Penicillium, Paecilomyces and sexual morphs with examples
  • Ascomycota
  • Basidiomycota (Pucciniomycotina, Ustilaginomycotina, Tremellomycetes )
  • Isolation techniques (soil, plants and dung)
  • Trichoderma, Fusarium, Cylindrocladium and Cylindrocarpon
  • Fungal ecology
  • Coelomycetous asexual morphs
  • Genera with septate and pigmented poroconidia (Alternaria, Bipolaris, Cladosporium, Curvularia)
  • Basidiomycota (Agaricomycetes, incl. wood decay fungi)
  • Molecular methods for identification such as DNA-barcoding and phylogenetic inference
  • Yeasts: biology, phylogenies and polyphasic identification
  • Polyphasic identification and other aspects of bioinformatics
  • Nagoya protocol (Access and benefit Sharing)
  • Diagnostics of plant pathogens
  • Preventing the spread of plant pathogens
  • Life-cycles of obligate biothrophic plant pathogens (Uredinales, Ustilaginales, Erysiphales)
  • Introductory lecture on material available living plants with disease symptoms
  • Ecology of extremophilic  and clinical fungi 
  • Fungi in our daily life 
  • Demonstrations: CBS collection (lyophilization, liquid nitrogen)

Course leaders:
Prof Dr Pedro Crous and Dr Gerard Verkley
Topical lectures will be presented by specialists from the Westerdijk Institute and invited speakers

Language of instruction:
The course is given in the English language, but several other languages are spoken (Dutch, German).

The course will take place at Westerdijk Institute, Utrecht, Uppsalalaan 8, the Netherlands

Course fee:
€ 2000 (accommodation and food not included).

Lunches and the Course book Laboratory Manual Series I: Fungal Biodiversity by Crous et al. are included in course fee. Accommodation excluded.