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Exploring fungal biodiversity in eastern Australia by Webmaster CBS News 12/07/2016 14:15:21
 

During the past week Pedro Crous and Mike Wingfield (FABI, University of Pretoria, South Africa) spent pursuing a long-term project to identify and compare pathogens of Myrtaceae and Proteaceae in Australia and South Africa. This project is part of a collaborative venture with colleagues Prof. Giles Hardy, Prof. Treena Burgess of Murdoch University (Perth, Western Australia) and supported financially in part by Sir Walter Murdoch Fellowships awarded to Pedro and Mike by Murdoch University. This mega-project includes numerous students and colleagues working in Australia and South Africa and has already included surveys in the western Cape of South Africa and western Australia.  The current survey has included the eastern seaboard of Australia between Sydney and Melbourne.  Many new discoveries, new disease problems and intriguing comparisons have already arisen from the work and these will continue to grow in coming years. From a biological invasions standpoint, a key area of interest lies in the native pathogens of the Proteaceae and Myrtaceae in the respective areas of study that deeply threaten congener plants where they could easily be (and some have already been) introduced. This also have significant value and importance to commercial industries reliant on planting Myrtaceae (eg. Eucalyptus) and Proteaceae (Protea cut flowers) in various parts of the world.

     
   

The CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre gives multiple guest lectures on universities throughout the Netherlands and abroad. On Monday the 5th of December Martin Meijer, technician in the Applied and Industrial Mycology Research Group of Dr. Jos Houbraken, presented a short lecture about fungi in the indoor environment and on food, to third-year biology and medical laboratory bachelor students of the Bachelor University in Leiden. The students follow a more medically based training and their teachers also want to show the positive and negative details of fungi outside the medical field. CBS-KNAW provides this special lecture every year.

     
 
Food spoilage by thermophilic micro-organisms by Webmaster CBS News 12/07/2016 09:54:41
 

CBS booth present at symposium “Food spoilage by thermophilic micro-organisms”
On Thursday December 1 2016, the foundation Food Micro organized the symposium “Food spoilage by thermophilic micro-organisms” in Hotel de Biltsche Hoek, De Bilt, the Netherlands. Around 100 people working in industry, trade and education participated (from the Netherlands and Belgium). Various topics were treated and one presentation was given by the CBS employee Jan Dijksterhuis. In his presentation he gave an overview of heat resistant fungi that can cause spoilage of food products after a pasteurization. The CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre was also present with a booth, which attracted many people. There were many questions from the participants and new potential collaborations were initiated. More information: www.foodmicro.nl (in Dutch).

     
 
Bioinformatician for the EU project FALCON by Webmaster CBS Vacancy 12/02/2016 08:16:06
 

Bioinformatician for the EU project FALCON
full time (1.0 fte)

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PhD student for the EU project FALCON by Webmaster CBS Vacancy 12/02/2016 08:13:45
 

PhD student for the EU project FALCON
full time (1.0 fte)

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Dissertation Award 2015/2016 by Webmaster CBS News 12/01/2016 07:24:53
 

PhD student Abdullah Al-Hatmi received the ‘Dissertation Award’ 2015/2016 of the mycology section of the Royal Netherlands Society of Microbiology for his thesis ‘Phylogeny, diagnostics and antifungal susceptibility of clinically relevant Fusarium species’. Also Sarah Ahmed, with her thesis ‘New insights into a disfiguring disease, eumycetoma’ ended at a high rank. Both candidates completed their work in the CBS medical mycology group.

     
 
Schimmels in de klas by Webmaster CBS News 11/18/2016 09:12:50
 

Op 8 november 2016 bezochten 2 medewerkers van het Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (“CBS-KNAW”) groep 6A van de Regenboog uit Gorinchem. De leerlingen kregen een workshop over schimmels en mochten zelf aan de slag met microscopen, gehuld in echte doktersjassen. Het was een geweldig leuke en leerzame middag, zowel voor de leerlingen als voor de medewerkers van het CBS-KNAW. Naar aanleiding van het bezoek schreven de leerlingen zelf nog een berichtje:

De schimmel les
Op 8 november 2016 kregen wij een hele leuke schimmel les.
Met een microscoop en nog veel meer…
Het is echt een aanrader om een workshop aan te vragen.
We mochten zelfs in onze eigen klas een schimmel maken!
Maar er was na een week geen schimmel te zien dat was jammer!
Want we hadden een speciaal schimmel bakje gekregen met voer voor de schimmel!
We vonden het eerst wel stinken omdat er schimmelkaas lag!
Maar daarna roken we het gelukkig niet zo goed meer.
Maar we hebben er sowieso veel van geleerd.
En schimmels doen gelukkig ook goede dingen voor mensen en de natuur!
We zouden zeker nog een keer een workshop willen krijgen!

TOPPIE!
Groetjes GROEP 6A van de Regenboog

     
 
CBS-ISHAM Workshop dermatophytes by Webmaster CBS News 12/07/2016 14:18:45
 

On 30 and 31 October 2016 the CBS hosted a workshop of the ISHAM Working Group on Dermatophytes entitled 'Developments in Clinical and Fundamental Aspects of Dermatophytes'. With 80 participants from 26 countries the workshop was very successful, with stimulating presentations and in a pleasant ambiance. Many of the 28 lectures were on biodiversity, novel diagnostic methods and epidemiology of dermatophytes, but also virulence factors were discussed. An abstract booklet is available soon. We are grateful to ISHAM for providing a nice dinner for participants at the Utrecht University campus. At the occasion of the Workshop, an open access special issue on dermatophytes was published by the journal Mycopathologia. The next Workshop of the Working Group will be organized as a pre-congress activity of the 20st ISHAM Congress in Amsterdam, June 2018.

     
 
CBS Course Medical Mycology last October 2016 by Webmaster CBS News 11/09/2016 15:52:07
 

The CBS Course Medical Mycology 2016 was given 17-28 October 2016 at the CBS complex in Utrecht for 25 participants from 13 countries. The course treated about 80 pathogens and opportunists that are dispersed over the entire fungal Kingdom. Recent changes in nomenclature were explained, and numerous novelties in phylogenetic classification in, for example, the systemic pathogens, the black yeasts, in Sporothrix, and in agents of mycetoma. The dermatophytes underwent drastic changes, and a special CME day was devoted to these organisms. The course was theoretical as well as hands-on with microscopy, molecular methods, and Maldi-tof demonstrations. Participants received a free subscription to the Atlas of Clinical Fungi.

     
 
New 3-year IS0 9001 certificate by Webmaster CBS News 11/02/2016 14:29:55
 

On November 1st 2016, the CBS Collection acquired a new 3-year IS0 9001 certificate under the recently published new version of this norm for quality management systems, 9001:2015. CBS has been continuously ISO 9001 certified since it acquired ISO 9001:2000 in 2007. Staff of the CBS Collection department, and of supporting services of CBS and Hubrecht Institute, who contribute to maintaining the quality management system, gathered to celebrate. In the photo the new certificate is presented by Head Curator of Collection Gerard Verkley, flanked by Yeast Curator Marizeth Groenewald (left) and HI /CBS Managing Director Mariëtte Oosterwegel (right).

 

     
 
Radio interview Jose van Dijck by Webmaster CBS News 11/18/2016 08:22:44
 

NPO Radio 1 “Het allerbeste”; een interview met Hoogleraar José van Dijck, President van de KNAW en verkozen tot meest invloedrijke vrouw van 2016. In het programma vertelt José van Dijck over de Biografie over Johanna Westerdijk, een bijzondere vrouw. Het boek “Een beetje opstandigheid”, geschreven door Patricia Faasse, is buitengewoon interessant om te lezen, ook voor geïnteresseerden in de geschiedenis van de wetenschap. Johanna Westerdijk was de eerste vrouwelijke hoogleraar in Nederland. Op 10 februari 1917, zij was toen 34 jaar, hield zij haar oratie. Dat was heel bijzonder voor die tijd! Een echte belevenis, deze eerste vrouwelijke “hooglerares” zoals dat toen nog genoemd werd. Westerdijk geldt nog altijd als een rolmodel voor vrouwen in de Wetenschap.

Westerdijk was ook Directeur van het Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (CBS-KNAW) en bijzonder gemotiveerd voor haar wetenschappelijk werk. Daarnaast was zij een vrolijk, gezellig iemand. Haar motto “Werken en Feesten Vormt Schone Geesten” staat nog steeds op de muur van het CBS-KNAW .

Destijds was Westerdijk de 1e vrouw in toga. Trekken we dat door naar deze tijd, dan is ook nu nog maar 17% van de hoogleraren een vrouw. Hier wil José van Dijck aandacht voor vragen. Op 10 februari 2017 is het precies 100 jaar geleden na haar oratie. Op die datum start het Johanna Westerdijk jaar, op de plek waar zij  destijds haar oratie hield. Westerdijk is een lichtend voorbeeld voor de nieuwe generatie vrouwelijke onderzoekers.

Luister uitzending terug

 

     
   

CBS-KNAW congratulates Luana Rossato from the Research Group Medical Mycology of Prof. Dr. Sybren de Hoog with her top-3 oral presentation at the 6th Asia Pacific Society for Medical Mycology, which took place at Bali, Indonesia from 20-22 October 2016!

http://insham.org/apsmm2016/

     
 
Studies in Mycology No. 83 by Webmaster SIM 10/05/2016 12:53:07
 
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Regular issue
Editors: Robert A. Samson
Details: 234 pp., fully illustrated with colour pictures (A4 format), 2016.

ISSN 0166-0616



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The role of melanin pathways in extremotolerance and virulence of Fonsecaea revealed by de novo assembly transcriptomics using illumina paired-end sequencing
X.Q. Li, B.L. Guo, W.Y. Cai, J.M. Zhang, H.Q. Huang, P. Zhan, L.Y. Xi, V.A. Vicente, B. Stielow, J.F. Sun, G.S. de Hoog. Studies in Mycology 83: 1-18

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Take-all or nothing
M. Hernández-Restrepo, J.Z. Groenewald, M.L. Elliott, G. Canning, V.E. McMillan, P.W. Crous. Studies in Mycology 83: 19-48

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All that glitters is not Ramularia
S.I.R. Videira, J.Z. Groenewald, U. Braun, H.D. Shin, P.W. Crous. Studies in Mycology 83: 49-163

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The divorce of Sporothrix and Ophiostoma: solution to a problematic relationship
Z.W. de Beer, T.A. Duong, M.J. Wingfield. Studies in Mycology 83: 165-191

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Phylogeny and taxonomic revision of Microascaceae with emphasis on synnematous fungi
M. Sandoval-Denis, J. Guarro, J.F. Cano-Lira, D.A. Sutton, N.P. Wiederhold, G.S. de Hoog, S.P. Abbott, C. Decock, L. Sigler, J. Gené. Studies in Mycology 83: 193-233

     
 
CBS Symposium Week 2017 by Webmaster CBS Meetings 11/02/2016 14:47:38
 
August 28-1 2017 CBS Symposium Week 2017 Registration

Venue: CBS-KNAW, Utrecht Uithof.
Registration for the full week: € 260,--

CBS Symposium Week 2017

Previous important and successful CBS Symposia had a great impact on the mycological community. The CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre has now started planning the 2017 Symposium week, consisting of three symposia, which will take place from Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September 2017. The week will kick off with the “2nd Symposium on Plant Biomass Conversion by Fungi” (28-29 August), a public symposium, “Fungi and Quality of Life” (evening 28 August), followed by the “Leading Women in Fungal Biology” (30-31 August), and a final symposium “Cryptic Speciation in Classifications” (1 September). The week will close with the opening of the new Building of the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre in Utrecht, and a fungal barbeque.

Contributed papers are welcome, and they will be selected for either oral or poster presentations. A special volume of Studies in Mycology, based on invited papers from women first authors, will be published following the various presentations.


August 28 2017 Fungi and Quality of Life Registration

Monday 28 August (7:30–9 pm)
Keynote lectures open to the general public
Venue: Academy Building, Domplein 29, Utrecht University, Utrecht.
Registration is free but compulsory
August 28-29 2017 2nd Symposium on Plant Biomass Conversion by Fungi Registration

Venue: CBS-KNAW, Utrecht Uithof.
Registration Price for Industry € 100,- Price for Postdoc / Academic staff € 70,- Price for PhD students € 50,-


August 30-31 2017 Leading Women in Fungal Biology Registration

Venue: CBS-KNAW, Utrecht Uithof.
Registration € 150.- (includes coffee/tea, lunches, cocktail party and fungal BBQ)


August 30 2017 Official opening of the Westerdijk Building
Venue: CBS-KNAW, Utrecht Uithof.



August 31 2017 Fungal barbeque
Venue: CBS-KNAW, Utrecht Uithof.



September 1 2017 Cryptic Speciation in Classifications Registration

Venue: CBS-KNAW, Utrecht Uithof.
Registration € 40.-


September 2 2017 Meeting of the IMA Executive Committee 2017
Venue: CBS-KNAW, Utrecht Uithof.



     
 
Meeting of the IMA Executive Committee 2017 by Webmaster CBS Meetings 11/02/2016 10:34:10
 
September 2 2017 CBS Symposium Week 2017
Venue: CBS-KNAW, Utrecht Uithof.

Fungal barbeque
2017 CBS Symposium Week

Previous important and successful CBS Symposia had a great impact on the mycological community. The CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre has now started planning the 2017 Symposium week, consisting of three symposia, which will take place from Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September 2017. The week will kick off with the “2nd Symposium on Plant Biomass Conversion by Fungi” (28-29 August), a public symposium, “Fungi and Quality of Life” (evening 29 August), followed by the “Leading Women in Fungal Biology” (30-31 August), and a final symposium “Cryptic Speciation in Classifications” (1 September). The week will close with the opening of the new Building of the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre in Utrecht, and a fungal barbeque.

Contributed papers are welcome, and they will be selected for either oral or poster presentations. A special volume of Studies in Mycology, based on invited papers from women first authors, will be published following the various presentations.

     
 
Fungal barbeque by Webmaster CBS Meetings 11/02/2016 10:53:56
 
August 31 2017 CBS Symposium Week 2017
Venue: CBS-KNAW, Utrecht Uithof.

Fungal barbeque
2017 CBS Symposium Week

Previous important and successful CBS Symposia had a great impact on the mycological community. The CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre has now started planning the 2017 Symposium week, consisting of three symposia, which will take place from Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September 2017. The week will kick off with the “2nd Symposium on Plant Biomass Conversion by Fungi” (28-29 August), a public symposium, “Fungi and Quality of Life” (evening 29 August), followed by the “Leading Women in Fungal Biology” (30-31 August), and a final symposium “Cryptic Speciation in Classifications” (1 September). The week will close with the opening of the new Building of the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre in Utrecht, and a fungal barbeque.

Contributed papers are welcome, and they will be selected for either oral or poster presentations. A special volume of Studies in Mycology, based on invited papers from women first authors, will be published following the various presentations.

     
 
Official opening of the Westerdijk Building by Webmaster CBS Meetings 11/02/2016 10:54:20
 
August 30 2017 CBS Symposium Week 2017
Venue: CBS-KNAW, Utrecht Uithof.

More information will follow later
2017 CBS Symposium Week

Previous important and successful CBS Symposia had a great impact on the mycological community. The CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre has now started planning the 2017 Symposium week, consisting of three symposia, which will take place from Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September 2017. The week will kick off with the “2nd Symposium on Plant Biomass Conversion by Fungi” (28-29 August), a public symposium, “Fungi and Quality of Life” (evening 29 August), followed by the “Leading Women in Fungal Biology” (30-31 August), and a final symposium “Cryptic Speciation in Classifications” (1 September). The week will close with the opening of the new Building of the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre in Utrecht, and a fungal barbeque.

Contributed papers are welcome, and they will be selected for either oral or poster presentations. A special volume of Studies in Mycology, based on invited papers from women first authors, will be published following the various presentations.

     
 
Cryptic Speciation in Classifications by Webmaster CBS Meetings 11/02/2016 10:54:36
 
September 1 2017 CBS Symposium Week 2017 Registration

Venue: CBS-KNAW, Utrecht Uithof.
Registration € 40.-
The symposium discusses speciation in fungi, and naming entities below the species level. In the past, these were dealt with as formae, formae specialis, varieties, races, subspecies and pathovars. Given novel information about hybridisation, disposable chromosomes, toxins and gene flow, the question now arises how to recognise and name species and intraspecies variation. The symposium includes keynote lectures by prominent scientists, as well as selected talks from abstracts, and poster presentations.

2017 CBS Symposium Week

Previous important and successful CBS Symposia had a great impact on the mycological community. The CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre has now started planning the 2017 Symposium week, consisting of three symposia, which will take place from Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September 2017. The week will kick off with the “2nd Symposium on Plant Biomass Conversion by Fungi” (28-29 August), a public symposium, “Fungi and Quality of Life” (evening 29 August), followed by the “Leading Women in Fungal Biology” (30-31 August), and a final symposium “Cryptic Speciation in Classifications” (1 September). The week will close with the opening of the new Building of the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre in Utrecht, and a fungal barbeque.

Contributed papers are welcome, and they will be selected for either oral or poster presentations. A special volume of Studies in Mycology, based on invited papers from women first authors, will be published following the various presentations.

     
 
Leading Women in Fungal Biology by Webmaster CBS Meetings 11/02/2016 10:55:02
 
August 30-31 2017 CBS Symposium Week 2017 Registration

Venue: CBS-KNAW, Utrecht Uithof.
Registration € 150.- (includes coffee/tea, lunches, cocktail party and fungal BBQ)

The most devastating disease of elms, “Dutch elm disease” was coined this name because most of the important discoveries were made by a team of Dutch women, led by Johanna Westerdijk, who was also the first director of the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, and the first female professor in the Netherlands, appointed at Utrecht University in 1917. This symposium is thus a celebration of her life and career, and her struggle to empower female mycologists. Speakers at this symposium are restricted to female mycologists, although males are encouraged to attend. The symposium consists of seven sessions, covering fungal applications, medical mycology, ecology, evolution, genomics, plant pathology and biodiversity. Each session consists of talks, with numerous leading female speakers from around the world presenting keynotes, and additional presentations selected from submitted abstracts.

The tentative list of international female speakers include: Joan Bennett, Lene Lange, Lynne Boddy , Meredith Blackwell, Linda Kohn, Amy Rossman, Isabelle Benoit, Joanna Freeke, Francoise Dromer, Katja Sterflinger, Paola Bonfante, Nina Gunde-Cimerman, Regine Kahmann, Eva Stukenbrock, Brenda Wingfield, Francine Govers, Vivianne Vleeshouwers, Jennifer Luangsa-Ard, Karen Hansen , Birgitte Andersen, Jolanta Miadlikowska, Heide-Marie Daniel, Josepa Gené , Treena Burgess.



2017 CBS Symposium Week

Previous important and successful CBS Symposia had a great impact on the mycological community. The CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre has now started planning the 2017 Symposium week, consisting of three symposia, which will take place from Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September 2017. The week will kick off with the “2nd Symposium on Plant Biomass Conversion by Fungi” (28-29 August), a public symposium, “Fungi and Quality of Life” (evening 29 August), followed by the “Leading Women in Fungal Biology” (30-31 August), and a final symposium “Cryptic Speciation in Classifications” (1 September). The week will close with the opening of the new Building of the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre in Utrecht, and a fungal barbeque.

Contributed papers are welcome, and they will be selected for either oral or poster presentations. A special volume of Studies in Mycology, based on invited papers from women first authors, will be published following the various presentations.

     
 
2nd Symposium on Plant Biomass Conversion by Fungi by Webmaster CBS Meetings 11/02/2016 10:55:21
 
August 28-29 2017 CBS Symposium Week 2017 Registration

Venue: CBS-KNAW, Utrecht Uithof.
Registration Price for Industry € 100,- Price for Postdoc / Academic staff € 70,- Price for PhD students € 50,-
The symposium covers the width of plant biomass conversion by fungi, including ascomycetes and basidiomycetes, saprobes, pathogens and symbionts, and address topics such as enzymes involved in the process, (post-)genomic comparison, gene regulation and links between biomass degradation and metabolic conversion of the released monomers. Several keynote lectures by prominent scientists will be included, as well as selected talks from abstracts, and poster presentations.

2017 CBS Symposium Week

Previous important and successful CBS Symposia had a great impact on the mycological community. The CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre has now started planning the 2017 Symposium week, consisting of three symposia, which will take place from Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September 2017. The week will kick off with the “2nd Symposium on Plant Biomass Conversion by Fungi” (28-29 August), a public symposium, “Fungi and Quality of Life” (evening 29 August), followed by the “Leading Women in Fungal Biology” (30-31 August), and a final symposium “Cryptic Speciation in Classifications” (1 September). The week will close with the opening of the new Building of the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre in Utrecht, and a fungal barbeque.

Contributed papers are welcome, and they will be selected for either oral or poster presentations. A special volume of Studies in Mycology, based on invited papers from women first authors, will be published following the various presentations.