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Representing academic research across the fields of medical mycology, plant pathogenesis, fungal ecology and biotechnology
Raising awareness of fungi and fungal science at all levels though public engagement and the provision of educational resources
Go on BMS field trips, join local fungus groups, or learn about the Society’s Conservation work
Downloads of various BMS documents, Identification Keys, English names of fungi and details of Mycological Events and News are available here
The passing of Dr Geoff Robson
It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Dr Geoff Robson, BMS General Secretary, Past BMS President and long-term member of the Society. It was incredibly sad and shocking to hear the news, and we know you will join with us in sending our deepest condolences and best wishes to Geoff’s family at this difficult time.
Geoff contributed an enormous amount to the Society in his role as General Secretary and President and was a vital part of the Fungal Biology Research committee, responsible for organising the internationally renowned BMS Scientific Meetings. He was also part of a team of BMS representatives who supported the various International Mycological Congress meetings across the globe, as well as one of the editors of the BMS journal Fungal Biology Reviews.
The British Mycological Society has seen many changes over the years and Geoff was an integral part of integrating these into the business of the Society, whilst maintaining its original aims of promoting fungal science. While the BMS office took on many of the administrative duties required of the Society, this was only possible with the continuous support and experience Geoff willingly shared.
He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, both personally and professionally.
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
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
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/