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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.
Annual Applied Microbiology Conference 2018
Brighton, United Kingdom
Passport to Infection - Infections of Travel and Leisure
We have a very exciting line up of speakers for you at the SfAM Annual Conference 2018.
Passport to Infection - Infections of Travel and Leisure
We have a very exciting line up of speakers for you at the SfAM Annual Conference 2018. The 3-day event will be packed full of the latest research on infectious diseases, given by expert microbiologists and clinicians covering a wide range of topics that include migration, medical tourism and unusual infections.
We are especially pleased to announce that our Journal of Applied Microbiology lecture will this year be given by Professor Albert Bosch, University of Barcelona, whose specialist area is the Hepatitis A virus. Albert will be giving us some new insights from an old acquaintance. Another talk to look forward to will be given by Natasha Hochberg, MD, an infectious disease physician with appointments in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine.
Closer to home we look forward to listening to Robert Aldridge, University College London, whose current research focuses on establishing the burden of disease and health inequalities faced by vulnerable, and often invisible populations including migrants. Robert is sure to enlighten as he discusses how to manage the health of mobile populations.
SfAM President, Professor Mark Fielder will present the prestigious WH Pierce prize to an outstanding microbiologist who has made a substantial contribution to the science of applied microbiology. The award and subsequent lecture has rapidly become the highlight of the Annual Conference in recent years, with talks from Jack Gilbert, Nicola Stanley-Wall and Brendan Gilmore all receiving standing ovations.
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
17:00 – 7 Sep 2018
Whether your interest in fungi is just for fun or for more serious recording, this course aims to give participants the tools to be more confident in their identifications.
Whether your interest in fungi is just for fun or for more serious recording, this course aims to give participants the tools to be more confident in their identifications. Time will be spent in the field looking for the fungi that associate with a stunning range of habitats including Caledonian pine, broadleaf woodland and old grasslands; many of the fungi that grow here are rarely seen in other areas of the country. In the field with an expert, it is possible to clarify the distinguishing macro characters that can be so difficult to transfer from the guidebooks to the real world. Prior knowledge of the scientific names of fungi is not required for this course but it is hoped that in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, you will surprise yourself at how many names you actually learn during the week. Part of the afternoons and evenings will be set aside for working indoors to allow close examination of the specimens collected. Tips on taking spore prints and other simple techniques will also be given. A number of texts will be available, ranging from beginner's keys to genus monographs and time will be spent working through keys with those who are not confident in their use. Techniques will be taught to beginners in microscopy, to enable access to the world of spores and other fascinating micro-characters. Evening talks will include further information about fungal lifestyles and why they are so important in our woodlands, grasslands and other habitats.
Chris Knowles is a consultant ecologist with a wide experience of leading workshops on fungus identification at Kindrogan and elsewhere in Scotland. As well as teaching Chris has recently worked as an RSPB reserves ecologist.