EUROPEAN MYCOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
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newFollowing up on the founding edition in 2021, the 2nd International Conference on Botany and Mycology in Sofia, Bulgaria, has been announced for September 19–20, 2022. It is organized by the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and MYCOBIOTA, and will take place virtually. The conference topics are: Plant Systematics, Floristics, and Vegetation Science; Applied Botany; Plant Conservation; Fungal Taxonomy and Phylogeny; Fungal Conservation; Sustainable Use of Plants and Fungi; and Current Research Projects in Botany and Mycology. Further information on the conference website.
newA recent campaign by IN-PART Discover, to connect academic researchers with industry R&D teams for filamentous fungi fermentation (running until March 28) has called our attention to the important topic of University-Industry collaboration. A reading of Elsevier's comprehensive assessment is highly recommended, and we are compiling a list of web addresses relevant to this topic in the Resources section. Comments and suggestions to the Webmaster are welcome.
new16th European Conference on Fungal Genetics (ECFG16) will take place in Innsbruck, Austria on March 5–8, 2023. Since the last ECFG conference held in Rome in 2020, the conference will provide an excellent opportunity to present and discuss progress and latest advances in the field, with three plenary and twelve parallel sessions as well as several satellite meetings. Main topics: Biodiversity and Molecular Taxonomy, Evolution, Cell Biology and Development, Genome Function and Epigenetics, Metabolism and Metabolites, Sensing and Signaling, Molecular Tools and Synthetic Biology, Fungal Interactions (Pathogens and Symbionts), Antifungal Compounds, Fungal Biotechnology. The venue, Congress Innsbruck, is ideally located next to Innsbruck’s Old Town with its numerous historical sights and lots of restaurants and bars, while enjoying the alpine-urban flair of Innsbruck, a city often called “the capital of the Alps”. Visit the conference web site for more information and updates.
Protected Fungi of Poland. Distribution, Threats, Conservation Recommendations [Grzyby chronione Polski. Rozmieszczenie, zagrożenia, rekomendacje ochronne] is Poland’s first comprehensive and extensive monograph covering all fungal species currently protected in the country. The monograph, the result of a project under the auspices of the Polish Mycological Society and produced by a team of twenty authors, compiles as much information as possible about the 117 species of fungi which currently enjoy legal protection in Poland. For each species, the history of its protection in Poland and the Polish Red List threat category are presented. The account also identifies the most important current threats affecting the species and includes recommended conservation measures. In addition, there is more general advice about identification of species, documentation and a uniform system for reporting and recording the localities in which they occur. In the cases of the 90 rarer species, distribution maps using the ATMOS square system (10 km by 10 km) are provided. The book addresses a wide audience of individuals and institutions involved in management and protection of Poland’s natural resources. These include governmental administration, State Forests, national and landscape parks, nature NGOs and their members, teachers, educators, students, amateurs, and all who care about protection of fungi and nature in Poland and beyond. It is written in Polish and can be downloaded here. Further details are available in the English summary of the Introduction, by co-editor Izabela Kałucka.
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).
The European Fungal Red List Initiative has a roster of 280 fungi and lichen species since December 2019, and gathered support from the IUCN to organise a second workshop next April. This initiative is a community effort largely depending on the contributions by motivated mycologists, and assessment leaders get a publication credit. More details in the ECCF website (Activities section).
Recently departed – Francisco de Diego Calonge, Spanish taxonomist and communicator, November 5th 2019. – Stanley John Hughes, Welsh-Canadian developmental biologist and taxonomist, November 7th 2019.
XVIII Congress of European Mycologists in Poland, what an event! The XVIII Congress of European Mycologists was held in Warsaw and Białowieża from 16-21 September 2019. This was the first time this Congress returned to a country which had already hosted an earlier Congress in the series, this second visit to Poland being 53 years after the first. In 1966, the Congress was held entirely in Warsaw. This time, there was an additional location giving participants a wonderful opportunity to visit and reflect on the unique Białowieża National Park.
This eighteenth Congress may well have been the largest in the series to date, with almost 300 participants and accompanying persons, with 273 actually presenting their work. Participants came from 52 countries (Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Macedonia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, United States), easily exceeding the XV St Petersburg Congress’ previous high of 40. Prof. Magdalena Frąc, President of the Polish Mycological Society, welcomed the congress participants. Dr Marta Wrzosek was Chair of the Organizing Committee, and the Congress was presided over by EMA President Dr David Minter.
Participants started to register at the Warsaw venue on Sunday the 15th, and on the 16th the proceedings started with an opening ceremony where the Congress was formally dedicated to the memory of Prof. Alina Skirgiełło, the great Polish mycologist and first Honorary Member of the EMA . After that, the main programme started, comprising invited keynote lectures and two and a half days of lectures and presentations in a mixture of plenary and parallel sessions, and poster sessions.
On the Monday evening, there was a Congress welcoming reception at Warsaw’s Botanic Garden, where a garden bench bearing a commemorative inscription honouring Prof. Skirgiełło was unveiled. The General Assembly of the EMA was convened on the Tuesday afternoon, and this was followed in the evening by a highlight of the Congress: the public lecture on forensic mycology given by Dr Patricia E.J. Wiltshire in Warsaw’s superbly modern Copernicus Science Centre. On Wednesday afternoon, participants were transported by coaches to Białowieża National Park, on the border with Belarus, where the scientific programme resumed for another two and half days.
In Białowieża, in parallel with the plenary sessions and two workshops, there was a programme of visits to the National Park, including the chance to take part in guided tours to the Strict Reserve part of the Park. This is an amazing area of primaeval old-growth natural mixed lowland forest which has remained almost entirely undisturbed by human activities since the last glaciation melt, even surviving the huge threats of the 20th century’s two world wars. Friday morning was dedicated to forays in different parts of the surrounding Białowieża forest, with the choice for participants to be in specialist tours (parasitic micromycetes, polypores, macromycetes) or on a 'miscellaneous' tour. Online sharing of photographic field observations was enabled by an iNaturalist project named XVIIICEM.
The congress dinner took place on Thursday in a spacious restaurant in Białowieża village, and the social programme included a final campfire gathering in nearby Topiło on the Friday evening. These occasions were infused with a delicious atmosphere that illustrated the sense of a family gathering in these congresses, so aptly pointed out by one of the participants in the General Assembly. A full report of the event is in preparation and will appear in the Association's next Newsletter.
Visitors in this website can access the XVIII Congress of European Mycologists Book of Abstracts.
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.