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new Current and Future Research Trends on Medicinal Mushrooms, 2nd Edition, a Special Issue in Journal of Fungi, ISSN 2309-608X, CiteScore: 6.7 (2023, provisional), 78% percentile in Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, is now open for submissions. Prof. Giuseppe Venturella (Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy) serves as Guest Editor. The deadline for manuscript submissions is October 31, 2024. For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website. Keywords: medicinal mushroom, biodiversity, cultivation, industrial production, fermentation, biochemistry, pharmacology, active compounds.

Announcing the 12th International Mycological Congress (IMC12). Please click the banner on the right to visit the congress website for further details. The Congress also has a Twitter/X account.
This World congress, jointly organised by the International Mycological Association, the Dutch Mycological Society and the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, will take place on August 11-15, 2024, in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Keynote lectures, bridging sessions and workshops will cover six themes:

  1. Cell biology, biochemistry and physiology
  2. Environment, ecology and interactions
  3. Evolution, biodiversity and systematics
  4. Fungal pathogenesis and disease control
  5. Genomics, genetics and molecular biology
  6. Applied Mycology and Nomenclature
The third issue of the IMC12 Newsletter is out, and for the first time a detailed overview of the Programme and Keynote Speakers if offered, along with news of other mycological gatherings and recent publication highlights. The next deadline is for Poster abstract submissions (June 25th).

ICOM12, the 12th International Congress on Mycorrhiza, with the theme Bridging gaps in form, function and diversity, will take place 4-9 August 2024 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The full Scientific Programme is now available. Further updates will be made as we receive more news.

FunVision: Mycology Today is a series of open online scientific meetings devoted to vital mycological questions concerning different aspects of fungal diversity, interactions, key ecological functions and services, threats and conservation actions, and impact on human life and well-being. The webinars will take place every second month, alternating per year three Master Lectures by renowned guest speakers with three Early Career Presentations by young mycologists who are members of the EMA. All meetings are public, so everybody with an interest in Fungi is welcome. Feel free to share the details as they are announced here.
The first meeting of FunVision: Mycology Today took place on May 29th, featuring a unique Master Lecture Evolution of Fungal Lifestyles: Endophytes, Pathogens, or Latent Pathogens, by the esteemed Professor Pedro Crous, a world-renowned mycologist whose valuable research has revolutionized our understanding of microfungi and plant pathology.

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XIX Congress of European Mycologists

The Post-Congress meeting on the Cooperation of Mycological Groups & Societies in Europe promoted the exchange of experiences and ideas on this topic so paramount to Mycology. The meeting summary is available, and a list of Mycological societies is being built and can be viewed and commented on (for example, to suggest new entries).

Awards at the XIX Congress of European Mycologists:

All abstracts can be consulted here.

Governing Committee Dr. Izabela Kałucka has been reelected EMA President for the the new term 2023–2027, together with the following officers: Irmgard Greilhuber (Vice-President), Katerina Krusevska (Secretary), Giuseppe Venturella (Treasurer), Veronica Spinelli (Membership Secretary), Robert Logar (Meetings Secretary), Paulo Oliveira (Editor) and Susana C. Gonçalves (Conservation).

XX Congress of European Mycologists to take place in 2027, in Tartu, Estonia. See the presentation.

The XX International Botanical Congress will take place on July 21-27, 2024 in Madrid, Spain. Featuring 31 topics including Mycology and Lichenology, Ecophysiology, Conservation Biology, Ecology and Communities, Restoration Ecology, Global Change Ecology, Phylogenetics and Phylogenomics, and Comparative Genomics/Transcriptomics, there are plenty of points of interest for mycologists. Also of note is the Nomenclature Section preceding the congress, that will work on the revision of the Nomenclature Code (currently the Shenzhen Code, 2018). Please visit the congress website for further details.

Recently departed
Francesco Bellù, Italian taxonomist and educator, July 26th 2022. – Alexander Kovalenko, Russian mycologist and leading figure, December 10th 2021.

The EMA supports FaunaFloraFunga. It is a proposal to perceive fungi, animals and plants with equal status in legal frameworks for agriculture and conservation. The FFF website has the full statement and a form to sign up in support.

We are unthinkable without fungi, yet seldom do we think about them. It is an ignorance we can't afford to sustain.
The statement originators are Giuliana Furci (Fungi Foundation, Harvard University Associate, IUCN SSC Fungal Conservation Committee), Merlin Sheldrake (author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, & Shape Our Futures) and César Rodríguez-Garavito (New York University School of Law).



earlier announcements


The EMA has the following objectives defined in its Constitution:

  • to promote study of fungi;

  • to disseminate knowledge and information about fungi;

  • to promote conservation of fungi;

  • to promote socially responsible handling of fungi (for example in medicine, plant and animal pathology, quarantine and pharmaceutical research);

  • to establish and foster relations between those working towards such objectives, through meetings, electronic media, publications, and by promoting personal contacts, collaboration and the exchange of ideas and information;

  • to improve the infrastructure of mycology within Europe;

  • to provide European-level input to the International Mycological Association, and other international bodies and initiatives.


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