On the occasion of the International Conference of the DGfM (Mettlach, Germany, Sep 29-Oct 5, 2014) , Konstanze Bensch (née Schubert) was awarded the prestiguous Oskar-Brefeld Award of the German Mycological Society for her outstanding scientific accomplishments, including the monographs on Cladosporium and Fusicladium under supervision of Uwe Braun and Pedro Crous, as well as in her current appointment as an expert on biodiversity informatics at the Botanische Staatssammlung, Munich.
The de Bary Medalis awarded to an individual who has made outstanding, career contributions to mycological research. Robert Samson is best known for polyphasic systematics of Aspergillus and Penicillium. However, his breadth of mycological research is far greater than these two genera. For example, his text on food and airborne fungi (just one of his 41 books) is in its eighth edition, has sold more than 11,000 copies and has been translated into several Asian languages. It has been cited more than 1000 times, and his nearly 400 other publications have been cited more than 15,000 times. Samson has served as Secretary General of the International Union of Microbiological Societies and, currently, is Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Mycology. Among his many other honors are: recipient of the USFCC/J. Roger Porter award by the American Society of Microbiology, honorary doctorate from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and election to Honorary Membership in the Hungarian Society for Microbiology and the Mycological Society of America.
In celebration of Carolus Linnaeus' birthday (23 May), the SUNY-ESF International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) have released their list of the Top 10 species described in 2013. The list includes Penicillium vanoranjei, which was described here at CBS-KNAW and named in honour of King Willem-Alexander to coincide with his inauguration. Penicillium vanoranjei was chosen by an international committee of taxonomists and related experts from an approximate 18000 new species described in 2013. For more, please follow the link to the official website hosted by SUNY-ESF (http://www.esf.edu/top10/)