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April 14-15 2016 CBS Spring Symposium Week 2016 Registration
Venue: Trippenhuis, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam
(Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam)
 Registration: € 250,- (includes coffee/tea, lunches and cocktail party)
“The registration fee applies to all participants and speakers"

Previous important and successful CBS Spring Symposia, One Fungus = One Name (2011), One Fungus = Which Name (2012) and One Fungus = Which Genes (2013), Genera and Genomes (2014), and the Second International Workshop on Ascomycete Systematics (2015) had a great impact on the mycological community. The CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre has now started planning the 2016 Spring Symposium, “Fungi and Global Challenges” which will take place on 13-15 April 2016. One of the main topics of the symposium will be on how global and climate change impact on fungi, specifically those involved with plant and human diseases, as well as food and forest security. This meeting will also see the launch of the International Fusarium Research Centre (IFURC), and several talks will focus on Fusarium systematics, impact, and relevance. In addition new developments on fungal taxonomy, as well as novel and emerging fungal applications, will also be considered.

Contributed papers are welcome, and they will be selected for either oral or poster presentations. Abstracts for poster oresentation should be submiited before March 21 2016. For submission and information contact Rob Samson

Tentative programme

April14 2016



Thursday, 14 April

10.00 Opening

10.30-12.30 Session 1 Fungi, global and climate change. Chair: Pedro Crous

10-30-11.00: Mike Wingfield et al. (S. Africa): Fungal tree diseases: can we rise above the gathering storm?
11.00-11.30: Sarah Gurr (UK): The Global Movement of Fungal Pathogens Challenges Food Security
11.30-12.00: Naresh Magan & Angel Medina (UK): Climate change, mycotoxins and food security: do we know enough?
12.00-12.30: Geoff Gadd (UK): Geomycology: Fungal metal and mineral transformations.

12.30-13.15 Lunch

13.15-15.00 Session 2: Fungi and human health.Chair: Sybren de Hoog

13.15-13.45: David W. Denning (UK): The recent revolution in fungal disease diagnostics.
13.45-14.15: Marc Stadler (Germany): Recent discoveries of antibiotics and other useful secondary metabolites from fungi.
14.15- 14.45: Paul Verwey (Netherlands): Fungicide driven azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus: have we reached the point of no return?
14.45-15.00: Wieland Meijer et al. (Australia): Dual DNA barcode system for human/animal pathogenic fungi.

15.00-15.30 Coffee break

15.30- 17.30 Session 3: Taxonomic challenges in Fusarium. Chair: Rob Samson

15.30-15.45: Kerry O’Donnell et al. (USA): The future of Fusarium molecular phylogenetics.
15.45-16.00: David Geiser et al. (USA): Give the people what they want: integrated classification and identification tools for Fusarium.
16.00-16.15: Keith Seifert (Canada): Bridging the past and the future of Fusarium taxonomy.
16.15-16.30: Takayuki Aoki (Japan): Enjoying morphology of Fusarium – the need for studying phenotypic data.
16.30-16.45: Balazs Brankovics (Netherlands): Evolution of Fusarium mitochondrial genomes.
16.45-17.00: Nani M. Martawi et al. (Netherlands): Diversity of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense in Indonesia.
17.00-17.15: Cees Waalwijk Theo van der Lee (Netherlands): The genomics era in Fusarium: one chromosome, one contig.
17.15-17.30: Martijn Rep (Netherlands): Accessory chromosomes in the Fusarium oxysporum species complex


17.30-17.45: Ulf Thrane (Denmark): Fusarium – a toxic beauty
17.45 Reception: Launch of the International Centre for Fusarium Research (ICFUR)
19.00 Speakers dinner at restaurant in Amsterdam

April15 2016



Friday, 15 April

8.30 Johanna Westerdijk & Josef von Arx Awards
9.00-10.30 Session 4: Fungi and food production.Chair: Mike Wingfield

9.00-9.25: David Miller (Canada): Changing populations of Fusarium graminearum and management of their toxins.
9.25-9.50: Gert Kema (Netherlands): The Clonal Clash: how Panama disease affects global banana production.
9.50-10.15: Francine Govers (Netherlands): Phytophthora: global plant destroyers.
10.15-10.40 André Lévesque et al. (Canada): Quarantine pathogens – Challenges and opportunities with new sequencing technologies.


10.40-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-12.30 Session 5: New developments in fungal nomenclature and taxonomy part 1.Chair: Keith Seifert

11.00-11.15: Joey Tanney (Canada): Needles in a haystack: species  identification of conifer endophytes.
11.15-11.30: David McMullin (Canada): Natural product diversity of conifer endophytes from the Acadian forest.
11.30-11.45: Amanda Chen et al. (China): Aspergillus section Nidulantes (formerly Emericella): Polyphasic taxonomy, chemistry and biology.
11.45-12.00: Fahimeh Jami et al. (S. Africa): Revising the taxonomy of the genus Cytospora.
12.00-12.15: Emma Steenkamp & Brenda D. Wingfield (S. Africa): Comparative genomics and the evolution of the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex.
12.15-12.30: Margarita Hernandez-Restrepo et al. (Netherlands): Gaeumannomyces redefined.
12.30-12.45: Kathrin Wittstein et al.(Germany): Novel antimicrobial and neurotrophic compounds from basidiomycetes.

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.30 Session 6:  Fungi, novel and emerging applications. Chair: Teun Boekhout

13.30-14.00: Anton Sonneberg (Netherlands): Edible fungi: more than just a side dish.
14.00-14.30: Patricia Wiltshire and David Hawksworth (UK): Forensic Mycology: A new weapon against crime
14.30-15.00: Jack Pronk (Netherlands): Engineering Saccharomyces cerevisiae for production of fuels and chemicals.
15.00-15.30: Corné Pieterse (Netherlands): Fungi in the root microbiome and plant health.

15.30-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-17.00 Session 7:  New developments in fungal nomenclature and taxonomy part 2. Chair Ewald Groenewald

16.00-16.15: Xuewei Wang et al. (China): Chaetomium is not what your think  it is.
16.15-16.30: Alejandra Giraldo Lopez et al. (Netherlands): Genera of Plectosphaeriaceae.
16.30-16.45: Lorenzo Lombard et al.(Netherlands): Is Stachybotrys the real boogieman?
16.45-17.00: Yanping Jiang et al. (Netherlands): Recent developments in systemic Onygenales.

17.00 Closing remarks