The 2nd Postgraduate Biannual Conference of the Center of Excellence in Fungal Research was held on 22nd October 2019 at Room 714, E4 Building, Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand. The conference was aimed to provide students the opportunity to present their research work and to exchange research experiences and learn from their senior students and researchers.
An updated list of AMA Executive Committee from October 2019 until August 2023 and regional representatives.
One stop shop III (OSS3), the third in the series, provides updated phylogeny, morphology, classification, disease symptoms and host distributions on important plant pathogenic fungal genera and related organisms. The web page https://onestopshopfungi.org/ was launched with this publication. This web-based platform will be continually updated with the information, which is useful for mycologists throughout the world.
Fungi have provided the world not only with nutrition, but also with novel compounds and globally significant medicines. However, they remain an untapped source, with enormous industrial potential. The paper titled “The amazing potential of fungi: 50 ways we can exploit fungi industrially” was published in Fungal Diversity, Volume 97, Issue 1, pages 1-136 on 3 July, 2019. It provides extensive information on the amazing potential of fungi for industrial utilization. The entries are grouped into different categories such as strategies against human and plant diseases, enhancing crops and forestry, food and beverages, saving the planet, commodities, and the future work.
The Asian Mycological Association (AMA) announced the nominees for its 5th biennial Asian Mycological Association Awards (“Distinguished Asian Mycologist Award” and “Young Asian Mycologist Award”). The AMA Awards honors distinguished mycologists whose contributions to the field uplift the current understanding and future directions of fungal research. The criteria for judging include (1) scientific publications, books and patents – 60%, (2) international impact of work – 20%, and (3) social impact of work – 20%., and will be evaluated by the committee members namely Prof. Xingzhong Liu, Prof. Weiland Meyer, Prof. Kevin D. Hyde, Prof. Vikineswary Sabaratnam and Prof. Youn Su Lee.
Fungal diversity is especially high in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), and wild fungi form a staple source of food, medicine, and income for many rural communities here.
Fungal diversity notes 1036–1150: taxonomic and phylogenetic contributions on genera and species of fungal taxa (FDN10) is the tenth series of the Fungal Diversity Notes, where 114 taxa distributed in three phyla, ten classes, 30 orders and 53 families are described and illustrated based on morphological characteristics and phylogenetic analyses. The fungal taxa mainly collected from China, Italy, Russia, Thailand, plus some other Asian and European countries.
Congratulations on your new job at the Center of Excellence in Fungal Research, Mae Fah Luang University
The Mushroom Research Foundation sponsored a Mushroom Taxonomic Illustration Workshop last May 27-31, 2019 at the Mushroom Research Center, Chiangmai, Thailand. This was attended by Ph.D. students from Mae Fah Luang University working on mushrooms as well as researchers from other institutions such as Dr. Montarop Sudhadham (Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok Thailand) and Dr. Resurreccion B. Sadaba (University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo). The tutor was Dr. Cui Yang-Yang, a mycologist of Prof. Yang Zhuliang’s group, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS, China.
Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Jian-Kui (Jack) Liu on his Professorship and new job
Congratulations on your new job at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), Chengdu, P.R. China
Fungal Diversity Notes 9th: an important publication of fungal taxonomy worldwide
Fungal diversity notes 929–1035: taxonomic and phylogenetic contributions on genera and species of fungi (FDN9) is the ninth in the series of Fungal Diversity Notes, where 107 taxa are described and illustrated based on morphological characteristics and phylogenetic analyses which are mainly collected from Asian countries and some other countries worldwide.
Congratulations to Dr. Kasun Thambugala
Congratulations on your new job at Thammasat University
One stop shop II (OSS2), the second in the series, provides updated trees and information on important plant pathogenic species and is an up-to-date compilation of the important genera. It will be accompanied by a web-page named https://onestopshopfungi.org/ where information will be continually updated.
On 22 February 2019, the Thai Mycological Association (TMA) and National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) organized the TMA annual meeting at BIOTEC, Thailand Science Park, Pathumthani. The TMA annual meeting held with the aims to discuss the future of TMA, to elect the future chairs and to discuss about Asian Mycological Association (AMA) awards. In addition to the meeting, there were six oral presentations from Thai and international students presenting their research progress.
The Mushroom Research Foundation (MRF), established in 2000 is a non-profit organization whose aim is to promote the study of fungal diversity throughout northern Thailand and Asia by training students from the region at the higher degree level.
On 12 February 2019, Mae Fah Luang University held a commencement ceremony for the Academic Year 2017. There are eight Ph.D. graduates of the Center of Excellence in Fungal Research in this academic year. Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure!
Distinguished Asian Mycologist Award
Best young Asian Mycologist Award (under 40 years old)
The Award is presented biannually to an individual who has established an outstanding contribution to the field of mycology in their career. Nominees for the award will be evaluated on the basis of quality, originality, and quantity of their published research, and on the basis of service to the field of mycology in general.
Three researchers, six recent graduates and five collaborators at the Center of Excellence in Fungal Research (CEFR) have been recognized as Web of Science, Highly Cited Researchers in 2018 for their outstanding work in the field of plant and animal science.
The Mycological Society of Japan (MSJ) is happy to sponsor Asian Mycological Congress (AMC2019) to be held in Mie, Japan from 1 October to 4 October 2019. AMC2019 is going to cover a wide range of mycological areas of updated taxonomy, important ecology, cutting edge technologies and applications in addition to fields specific to Asian countries.
Volume 2 January 2019 - December 2019
21. Minutisphaera aquaticum sp. nov. increases the known diversity of Minutisphaeraceae
Bao DF et al. (2019)
20. https://fungalgenera.org/: a comprehensive database providing web-based information for all fungal genera
Monkai J et al. (2019)
18. https://onestopshopfungi.org/, a database to enhance identification of phytopathogenic genera
Jayawardena RS et al. (2019)
17. Ceramothyrium chiangraiense, a novel species of Chaetothyriales (Eurotiomycetes) from Ficus sp. in Thailand
Wijesinghe SN et al. (2019)
15. Introducing Seriascoma yunnanense sp. nov. (Occultibambusaceae, Pleosporales) based on evidence from morphology and phylogeny
Rathnayaka AR et al. (2019)