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Meeting wrapup from ECFG12 in Seville

I recently returned from a successful ECFG12 in Seville, Spain held at the end of March. Some of us flew into Madrid first and took the high speed train to Seville (about 2 1/2 hours) which was a great way to relax and get out of planes after a transatlantic flight. We boarded the train in Madrid and stepped off in Seville. Very fast trains

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The countryside at 200km/hr

The  satellite meetings held before the conference include organism-specific conferences including Neurospora, Fusarium, Dothiedeomycetes, and Colleotrichum and AsperFest

ECFG Sattelite meetings

The conference content was excellent – I am reminded whenever I go to a fungal genetics meeting how fast paced the field has become with the application of genomics and genetics driving studies of cell biology, evolution, and industrial uses of fungi.

It was quite fun to see many of my long term collaborators and colleagues who work in this field. I am also especially interested to see many “non model” systems becoming more tractable with the tools that can be developed based on genome sequencing, transformation techniques, and a growing research community. The separation of “model system” work from applied or medically less clear to me .

This included symbiosis and fungal “communication” or interactions with other organisms such as Hypocreales fungi that are insect associated, as well Dan Vanderpool and his project working on Ophistoma fungi associated with beetles, some interesting Lichen genomics from environmentally sampled thalli from work from Toby Spribille.  Work presented by Jessie Uehling from work by collaboration with the Labbé  (ORNL) and Vilgalys (Duke) labs included a description of endohyphal symbiotic bacteria associated with Mortierella elongata fungus (a “zygomycete” early diverging lineage) which is associated with tree roots.

I unfortunately missed some of the concurrent session that was happening at the same time but some interesting talks in “Unconventional gene regulation” that I would have liked to hear more about.

I also got to hear good work presented in the session on Fungal development and genomics where Minou Nowrousian spoke on Pyronema genome and developmental biology, Francis Trail‘s talk on Fusarium fruiting body development.

I also enjoyed the session I spoke in, organize by Hanna Johannesson and Toni Gabaldón which included great overviews on application of phylogenomics and genomes to fungal biology. This ranged from Hanna on evolution of sex chromosomes in Neurospora tetrasperma,  Saccharomyces and the (amazing) power of yeast genetics and molecular biology (Maitreya Dunham, @dunhamlab) to mycorrhizal fungal genomics (Francis Martin, @fmartin1954), Toni (@gabaldonlab) and the PhylomeDB project but also the analysis of the WGD in Saccharomyces which suggests an alternative scenario for the duplication that may have arisen through allopolyploidization (hybridization between two species) rather than autopolyploidization. Several other great talks in our session including Jaqueline Hess on variation in Amanita genomes, Sarah Schmidt on identifying  AVR2 gene in Fusarium oxysporum.

The plenary sessions were plentiful with highlights across the fungal genetics spectrum. From Phycomyces biology (which has had much of its main origins and efforts in Spain) to Magnaporthe (@talbotlabexeter). Many more interesting work highlighted in the program and links to the abstract book are available. I expect a published report on the meeting will come in the future. Overall I really enjoyed the chance to mix more European and international colleagues and talk about the virtues of football and tapas!

Some of us spent a few more days after the meeting to enjoy Spain or meet with friends. For example Zack and I planned some great Neurospora experiments over tapas and sightseeing.  Hope to be back to Madrid and Spain again soon.

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Eels and shrimp tapas
Eels and shrimp tapas

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Neurospora meeting at the ECFG

Please see the following meeting sent on behalf of the Neurospora Policy Committee – and don’t forget to sign up for ECFG11 too!ECFG

Dear all,

Continuing what has become an exciting tradition, we will hold a Neurospora satellite meeting the day after the ECFG11 at the University Marburg, Germany. We are looking forward to a day of talks and discussions on all of the new developments in Neurospora research. Similar to the meetings before, we would like to have at least one talk from each attending lab – students and post-docs are especially encouraged to present their work. Please register through the ECFG site (http://www.ecfg.info/). If you wish to give a talk, please send us a tentative title and a short abstract via email by January 9, 2012.
We will meet on Tuesday, the 3rd of April at 9:00 a.m. until sometime in the (late) afternoon. We will provide you with more information on the program and venue, once we know who would like to give a presentation.

Registration fees are:
25 Euro for students and postdocs
35 Euro for PIs
The fee covers lunch and coffee breaks
We are very much looking forward to meeting you in Marburg!
Stephan and Andre

Andre Fleissner                                                Stephan Seiler
Institut für Genetik                                          Institut für Mikrobiologie und Genetik
Technische Universität Braunschweig        Georg-August Universität Göttingen
Spielmannstrasse 7                                         Grisebachstrasse 8
38102 Braunschweig                                      37077 Göttingen
Germany                                                           Germany
Phone: +49-531-3915795                              Phone: +49-551-393777
email: a.fleissner@tu-bs.de                          email: sseiler@gwdg.de