DNA analysis workshop Field
Tankersley Manor Hotel
From sequence comparisons to phylogenetic trees: a training workshop for the amateur mycologist. Over subscribed.
The basics of using and interpreting molecular data for fungal systematics
– from sequence comparisons to phylogenetic trees: a training workshop for the amateur mycologist.
6th July -8th July 2018
Tutors Tuula Niskanen & Kare Liimatainen
Increasingly the amateur mycologist is having to work with DNA if their taxonomic work and publications are to be taken seriously or be published in recognised journals. To date most individuals in UK have relied on the good will of academics to have the processing and interpretation of Data done. This training workshop is specifically geared to developing those missing skills to enable the amateur to familiarise themselves with the tools needed for this work.
The workshop will be run as a small group of 10 with two tutors using individuals laptops and accessible programmes, and will cover:
- Basic use of blast search (https://blast.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Blast.cgi - available to be used online)
- How to use UNITE database (https://unite.ut.ee/, available to be used online)
- Comparing similar sequences (MUSCLE, https://www.ebi.ac.uk/Tools/msa/muscle/ available to be used online)
- Aligning sequences (MAFFT, https://mafft.cbrc.jp/alignment/server/ available to be used online)
- Viewing and editing sequence alignments (Seaview, the programme can be downloaded for free to a computer from http://doua.prabi.fr/software/seaview )
- Performing a preliminary phylogenetic analysis (RaXML, the programme can be downloaded for free to a computer from https://sites.google.com/site/raxmlgui/ )
- Viewing the phylogenetic trees (FigTree, the programme can be downloaded for free to a computer from http://tree.bio.ed.ac.uk/software/figtree/ )
- General editing of the sequence files is easiest to do in NotePad++ (the programme can be downloaded for free to a computer from https://notepad-plus-plus.org/ )
This workshop is therefore suitable for anyone who is already delving into DNA work or likely to do so in the future. Having two tutors will ensure plenty of personal help and I am assured it will not be too difficult, an individual with a positive attitude, despite the scary list of odd names and programmes above, should be able to learn the basics comfortably within 2 days.
We anticipate this will be popular so make sure you book immediately so that you are not disappointed.
Cost is £130.00pp for BMS members (includes 50% subsidy) this includes 2 nights full board in 4* hotel and all tuition.
Cost for non members is £260.00 (no subsidy) this includes 2 nights full board in a 4* hotel and all tuition.
Participants are expected to use their own laptop computers.
The accommodation is in 4 Star Tankersley Manor Hotel, Church Ln, Tankersley, Barnsley, S75 3DQ
This is 20 mins from Sheffield and close to the M1 motorway with easy access from main trunk roads. Their conference accommodation includes free and fast broadband a requirement for this workshop.
The 11th International Mycological Congress Research
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The 11th International Mycological Congress in being held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Event website : imc11.com
Dates: 14-21 July 2018
The Mycological Society of America (MSA), the International Mycological Association, the Latin American Mycological Association (ALM), the Puerto Rican Mycological Society (SPM), Universidad del Turabo and Meet Puerto Rico are proud to sponsor the 11th International Mycological Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
British Mycological Society Bursaries to attend IMC11 are available. The deadline for applications is the 2nd of March 2018.
Application form: IMC11 Bursary application form.doc
11:00 – 16:00
FMCC meeting Society
Jodrell Laboratory, Kew
State of the World's Fungi Symposium
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Join scientists and policymakers for our first ever two-day symposium on the State of the World's Fungi. 13 &14 September 2018.
In conjunction with the publication of a cutting-edge annual report, scientists and policymakers will gather at Kew for the first international State of the World's Fungi Symposium.
Building on the success of our State of The World’s Plants project, the State of the World’s Fungi report provides a review of our current state of knowledge and the major issues affecting fungal diversity and abundance. Also featured in the report are fungal-plant interactions, conservation and uses of fungi, and the fungal tree of life.
The two-day symposium brings together plant and fungal scientists, ecologists, conservationists and industry and policy experts from around the world, to discuss issues raised in the report.
The symposium will be based around seven topical questions, with each session comprising talks from invited experts followed by a panel Q&A to discuss the emerging issues:
- Conservation of fungi: what, why, where and how?
- Does all plant life depend on fungi?
- And have you forgotten the lichens?
- Do fungi provide a greater ecosystem service or disservice?
- Fungal networking – who benefits?
- Panning for gold in the mould: where do we find commercial value in fungi?
- Exploring the dark taxa: when does a molecular signature become a species?
Other highlights of the programme include:
- Poster session and drinks reception – 13 September 2018
- Symposium dinner (optional) – 13 September 2018
12:00 – 16:00
Council meeting Society
UK Fungus Day 2018 Education
The British Mycological Society's UK Fungus Day festivities will take place over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of October 2018
The British Mycological Society's UK Fungus Day festivities will take place over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of October 2018.
The UK Fungus Day website will soon be updated with all the relevant information about events across the UK for 2018 and can be found at http://www.ukfungusday.co.uk/
2018 Autumn Study Week Field
Waterside Holiday Village
Exploring the fungal diversity of Cornwall
BMS Autumn Field Event
Venue:Waterside, Cornwall, Old Coach Road, Lanivet, Cornwall, P30 5JJ
Dates: Mon 8th Oct to Mon 15th Oct 2018
Venue website: www.watersidecornwall.com
For our Autumn event we are staying at the Waterside holiday village in Cornwall. Situated near Bodmin and being central it is ideally situated to reach a good variety of sites. Pauline Penna is our local organiser. Guest Mycologist - to be confirmed.
The Cornwall group has recently recorded several fungi new to Britain. The warm oceanic climate of Cornwall will no doubt have plenty more undiscov-ered new species of fungi just sitting waiting for our visit.
Although we are staying in holiday lodges, we are not going to be self cater-ing. Our accommodation will be ‘Full Board’ therefore they will be providing all meals including breakfast. The lodges have twin and double rooms, all the rooms are either en-suite or have an exclusive-use bathroom adjacent.
The workroom is apparently very large so they can accommodate a large group. If people book early and there is extra demand it may be possible to book extra lodges, however, if booking is left too late any extra lodges might get snapped up by holiday makers, therefore please book early.
10:30 – 16:30
2018 AGM and Autumn Meeting Field
Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre, Jodrell Laboratory
Fungi in a Changing World
Fungi in a Changing World
Saturday 17 November 2017 – Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre,
Jodrell Laboratory, Jodrell Gate, Kew Road, Kew Gardens, TW9 3DS.
Come to hear about the latest research.
10:00-10:30: Coffee & Tea.
10:30-11:00: Prof. Peter Kennedy - U. of Minnesota.
Ecologist working on fungal diversity and functions.
11:00-11:30: Dr. Carrie Andrew - Swiss Federal Research Institute & U. of Oslo
Ecologist investigating changes in fruiting phenology.
11:30-12:00: Prof. Pieter van West - U. of Aberdeen - Presidential Address
Molecular biologist investigating oomycetes.
12:00-12:30 British Mycological Society AGM (Annual General Meeting)
12:00-14:00: Lunch break.
14:00-14:30: Prof. Sarah Gurr - U. of Exeter
Plant pathologist working on food security.
14:30-15:00: Prof. Mark Fricker - U. of Oxford
Specialist in imaging fungal signalling and transport.
15:00-15:30: Dr. Ellen Larsson - U. of Gothenburg
Specialist on threatened woodwaxes (Hygrophorus).
15:30-16:00: Dr. Ali Ashby - U. of Cambridge
Science communicator and former chair of the BMS Education and Outreach Committee.
16:00-16:30: Open Discussion.
11:30 – 12:30
2018 BMS Annual General Meeting Society
Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre, Jodrell Laboratory, Kew, TW9 3D
BMS Annual General Meeting will commence with a Presidential address at 11.30am followed by the business matters at 12.00am