Archive for the ‘conference’ category

Comparative Genomics of Eukaryotic Microorganisms

August 6th, 2013

XVI IS-MPMI Congress

July 26th, 2013

Effector Wisdom

January 20th, 2013

30th New Phytologist Symposium: Immunomodulation by Plant-associated Organisms

Meeting Report by Amy Huei-Yi Lee, Benjamin Petre, David L. Joly

Many organisms such as bacteria, fungi, oomycetes, nematodes and insects grow, feed and/or reproduce in close association with plant hosts. To establish such intimate interactions, symbionts (either mutualistic or parasitic) secrete effectors into host tissues, which are molecules that modulate plant cell structures and processes (Win et al., 2012a). This last decade, advances in genomics have revealed that symbionts possess dozens to hundreds of effectors. Currently, the field is moving rapidly from effector identification towards effector characterization, which provides a better understanding of how these effectors promote the establishment of a successful relationship with host plants. The 30th New Phytologist Symposium clearly illustrated this theme, as an international panel of c. 150 scientists was brought together to discuss current efforts to decipher effector functions within a wide range of biological systems. The remote location of the meeting in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, USA, promoted lively discussions between participants during and after the sessions, but also via social networks (the whole conference was covered by a twitter feed, #30NPS tag, available on Read more …

In the limelight …

December 1st, 2012

Forests, Trees, Tree-Microbe Interactions, Symbiosis, Mycorrhizas, Wood Decayers, Carbon Sequestration & Cycling, Global Changes, Genomics … words I have used many times during this amazing week. Starting with an interview by Sophie Bécherel from France Inter on Monday,  followed by a journalist crew’s visiting the lab on Tuesday, then an interview at France Info with Marie-Odile Monchicourt on Wednesday and the INRA Award ceremony on Thursday with the Minister of Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fioraso, and the Minister of the Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll. I haven’t fully realized yet that I was awarded the INRA Laurel Wreath for Excellence for my work on tree-microbe interactions and fungal genomics. I hope this award will help in promoting the research on soil microbial ecology, forest ecosystems and symbiotic interactions.

> François Le Tacon, Annegret Kohler, Claude Murat, Alice Vayssières and I describing our on-going research: View the video (in French)


From Left to Right : Frédéric Dardel (President of the INRA Scientific Advisory Board), David Lowe (journaliste), Michel Pellé (Research Support Award), Olivier Hamant (The Young Researcher Award), Mariane Damois (Research Support Award), Hélène Bergès (The Engineer’s Award), François Houllier (INRA CEO), Stéphane Le Foll (Minister for Agriculture) and myself  (The Laurel Wreath for Excellence). © INRA, B. Nicolas


August 20th, 2012

Planning is in full swing for the next International Mycological Congress, IMC10 in Bangkok, Thailand, August 3-8, 2014.

Point your web browser to:

Now, just 24 months to Bangkok 2014, is the time for you to suggest topics for Sessions and Symposia using the form on the website or right here:

Submit your ideas now, the committee will begin choosing topics in just 90 days, on November 1, 2012.

Leka Manoch and Morakot Tanticharoen
Co-Chairs, IMC10 Organizing Committee


JGI Summer 2012 Primer

August 2nd, 2012

The summer edition of the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) newsletter The Primer is now available for download:

…featuring articles and images:

Features include:

  • A summary of the 7th Annual Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future (SFAF) Meeting
  • Comparative Genomics of White Rot Fungi Providing Insight into Selective Ligninolysis
  • The Omics Response to the Deepwater Oil Spill
  • Assembling the Switchgrass Genome
  • Single-cell Genomics @ the DOE JGI
  • Save the Date for the 8th Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting MARCH 25-29, 2013 in WALNUT CREEK, CA
  • Other Publication Highlights



8th JGI Users Meeting

August 2nd, 2012

Aboveground-belowground interactions

August 1st, 2012

The British Ecological Society, the Biochemical Society and the Society for Experimental Biology are organising a meeting entitled ‘Aboveground-belowground interactions: technologies and new approaches’, which is being held on 8-10 Oct 2012 in London.

The aim of the symposium is to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration by bringing together existing technology users and developers (e.g. biochemists, geneticists, bioinformaticists) who are interested in applying their skills to address research questions at the whole organism and ecological scales with above-belowground researchers working at biochemical, ecological, physiological, and molecular scales who have a desire to learn and apply new research technologies.

Plant Science For Future Needs

June 11th, 2012

The Linnean Centre invites plant scientists to Uppsala for a two-day conference October 11th and 12th, 2012. The conference aims to tackle upcoming challenges like climate change and food security by setting a foundation for future collaborations between different sub-disciplines of plant science. Eight scientific sessions with plenary presentations, short talks and posters will highlight prevailing directions and novel findings.

NOTE: Registration deadline 31st of August, 2012.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Vincent Colot, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris
  • Thomas Kraft, Syngenta Seeds
  • Cris Kuhlemeier, Bern University
  • Gary Loake, University of Edinburgh
  • Francis Martin, INRA, Nancy
  • John McKay, Colorado State University
  • Kalien A. Mooney, UC Irvine
  • Michele Morgante, University of Udine

More information about the plenary speakers can be found here.


JGI Spring 2012 Primer

May 29th, 2012

The Spring 2012 edition of the DOE Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) newsletter The Primer is now available for download:
and features highlights from the DOE JGI Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting #7.

Videos of the talks from Meeting #7 are posted here:

Be sure to Save the Date for meeting #8 the week of March 25-29, 2013.

European Nitrogen Fixation Conference 2012

May 12th, 2012

The 10th European Nitrogen Fixation Conference (ENFC) will be held at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Biozentrum in Martinsried near Munich, Germany, on 2-5 September 2012. This biennial congress series is always a big event for scientists working on nitrogen-fixing bacteria and the rhizobium-legume symbiosis. In addition, there will be sessions on the biochemistry of nitrogenase.

The 10th ENFC will start with a satellite meeting on “Genomics of Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria”. In addition, two satellite events will be organized for 6th/7th September: the “13th Symposium on Biological Nitrogen Fixation with Non-Legumes, focussing on the interaction of diazotrophic bacteria with practically most relevant Gramineae and the 1st “Molecular Mycorrhiza Meeting” (MMM).

Registration has recently opened on the conference web site: , where you will also find an outline of the session topics and a list of confirmed speakers.

JGI Fungal Jamboree

March 19th, 2012

The annual JGI Fungal Jamboree will start on Monday 19th at the Marriott Hotel in Walnut Creek. During the workshop, attendees will:

  • provide an update on their JGI program’s development during the last year and future plans,
  • discuss several important questions, including: (1) How to address current bottlenecks for future scale-up (target selection, DNA samples, analysis, publications)? (2) How to reach new groups of users and coordinate with other large genomics initiatives (e.g., 1K Chinese Fungal Genomes)? (3) What products in addition to sequencing JGI should be working on for mycologists? (4) What informatics/analytical needs should be addressed?
  • discuss strategic partnerships.

I will report on our two fungal programs, i.e. the Mycorrhizal Genomics Initiative and the Metatranscriptomics of Forest Soils.

    Cellulose Factories

    February 25th, 2012

    Bringing trees into the fuel line, the special New Phytologist issue on ‘Bioenergy trees’ is now available:

    A flippable PDF that collates the featured papers together is also available for download at

    Thanks to those of you who contributed.

    Photo: Cross-sections of Arabidopsis stems, showing vascular bundles from Li et al. (2012).

    MOMY in Woods Hole

    February 17th, 2012

    Dear Mycology Investigator,

    The Molecular Mycology summer course at the Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole provides an opportunity for researchers to learn new concepts and techniques relating to the study fungal pathogenesis and the discovery of novel antifungal strategies. Many course graduates are now leading medical mycology research efforts around the world. We depend upon the members of the medical mycology community to encourage outstanding applicants. We hope that you can identify at least one prospective course participant who would benefit from the experience and encourage them to apply.

    This dynamic course provides state-of-the-art training in molecular methods and assays for studying fungal pathogens and fungi-host interactions. In addition, it provides opportunities to interact with colleagues from academia and industry with different areas of expertise relevant to the study of fungal diseases. The upcoming Molecular Mycology course promises to be exceptional. See the course website to see the list of interactive visiting and resident faculty who will make up the course curriculum.

    Laboratory exercises, demos, lectures, and informal panel discussions make up the curriculum. Laboratory exercises focus on Candida, Aspergillus, and Cryptococcus, and include genetic manipulation, discussion of new genetic tools, genetic screening strategies, cell culture and animal models, host response assays, antifungal susceptibility assays and live cell imaging of fungi. Additional topics include current research problems and strategies in medical mycology and topics relating to careers in fungal pathogenesis. Among the topics to be addressed in lectures include new animal models, immunology and fungal diseases, and fungi within microbial communities.

    The course is an intensive, two-week research training program, and its content is designed for advanced graduate students, post-docs, fellows, early independent investigators or PIs new to the field. The course runs from August 1-17, 2012.

    **Students accepted to the course often receive GENEROUS scholarships towards tuition and travel. **

    The course website and on-line application can be found at:

    The application deadline is April 11, 2012.


    Deb Hogan and Andy Alspaugh

    MBL Molecular Mycology Course co-Directors

    JGI Fungal Jamboree 2012

    February 15th, 2012

    A New Phytologist feature dedicated to Bioenergy Trees

    February 4th, 2012

    The New Phytologist feature dedicated to Bioenergy Trees (an outcome of the 26th New Phytologist Symposium) is provisionally scheduled for vol 194, issue 1, which will be published online at the beginning of February. The cover page below will highlight the feature. The Symposium was great and the series of review and research papers are exciting.

    30th New Phytologist Symposium

    January 30th, 2012


    The deadline for students and early-stage career scientists (researchers in their first post-doctoral position) applying for travel grants to the New Phytologist Trust is 18 May 2012 for the 30th New Phytologist Symposium. I would be grateful if you could forward this information to members of your research group who may be planning to apply for a grant.

    Mycorrhizal Genomics Initiative: an Update

    January 18th, 2012

    I am writing to touch base about our JGI Mycorrhizal Genomics Initiative. As of today, the genome annotations publicly released are those of:

    The genome of Piloderma croceum and Tulasnella calospora are in the JGI annotation pipeline and should (hopefully) be available in the coming weeks. Those of Cenococcum geophilum, Sebacina vermifera, and Pisolithus tinctorius are in the final phase of sequencing, but Cenococcum and Pisolithus are difficult (large and polymorphic) genomes and JGI cannot give an estimated date of release.

    The transcriptome of free-living mycelium of C. geophilum, H. cylindrosporum, O. maius, P. involutus, P. croceum, P. microcarpus, P. tinctorius, Scleroderma citrinum, Sebacina vermifera and T. calospora are sequenced (RNA-Seq) and a series of dedicated databases are under construction.

    Finally, Igor Grigoriev, Joey Spatafora and I would like to invite you to Walnut Creek in mid-March 2012 to participate in several important JGI meetings:

    • Fungal Jamboree (March 19, 2011 8am-8pm) to discuss progress and coordination of large scale initiatives in fungal genomics: (1) Genomic Encyclopedia of Fungi, (2) 1000 fungal genomes, and (3) Fungal model systems and metagenomes (including our Mycorrhizal Genome Initiative).
    • JGI User Meeting (March 20-22, 2012: and workshops including MycoCosm Tutorial (March 20, afternoon)

    You could access our recently opened MycorWeb portal dedicated to this project, Mycorrhizal Genomics Initiative, for links and updates.

    Plant Biology Congress Freiburg 2012

    January 13th, 2012

    JGI Winter 2012 Primer

    January 11th, 2012

    The Winter 2012 edition of the DOE Joint Genome Institute newsletter, The Primer, is out and downloadable here:

    Highlights include:

    • DOE JGI Data Analysis Assets Featured in the Special Database Issue of Nucleic Acids Research, including: The Genome portal, IMGIMG/MPhytozome and GOLD.
    • 2012 Community Sequencing Program (CSP) Portfolio Announcement
    • Microbial Activity in Arctic Permafrost
    • DOE JGI Presentation Schedule at the Upcoming Plant & Animal Genome (PAG) Meeting: