Fungal Biology Research

Co-ordinated by the Fungal Biology Research Committee (FBR Committee), the BMS promotes and supports fungal biology research, creating a community of academic, industrial and other professional fungal biology researchers.

BMS Members have research interests spanning the breadth of fungal biology, including: cell biology, biochemistry and physiology; genomics, genetics and molecular biology; pathogenesis and disease control; evolution; environment and ecology; mutualistic relationships; systems biology; biotechnology.

The BMS has a number of scientific journals - Fungal Biology, Fungal Biology Reviews, Fungal Ecology and Fungal Interactions - and offers grants to support PhD students, postdocs and Principal Investigators.

The Annual Scientific Meeting showcases the latest advances in fungal biology research, from early career researchers to established leaders in the field. We also organise focussed meetings and joint meetings with other societies.

The FBR Committee makes nominations to BMS Council for awards: the Berkeley Award is given to Early Career Researchers who have made an outstanding original scientific contribution to mycology, and the John Webster Award is given in recognition of an outstanding and extended career in fungal biology research. 

Call for applications

The BMS and International Society for Mycotoxicology have together established the Naresh Magan Lecture Award to support early-career researchers presenting work in fungal ecology, fungal physiology, plant pathology & mycotoxins at scientific conferences.


Apply to present at IMC12, August 2024

Irina Druzhinina

New Editor-in-Chief for 'Fungal Biology Reviews'

Dr Irina Druzhinina, Senior Research Leader at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, has joined the BMS journal Fungal Biology Reviews as Editor-in Chief, alongside Dr Jan Dijksterhuis.




Undergraduate bursaries awarded to four summer projects

This year, awards have been made to Dr Sarah Christofides (Cardiff University), Prof Paul Dyer (University of Nottingham), Dr Ryan Kean (Glasgow Caledonian University) and Dr Hung-Ji Tsai (University of Birmingham), to enable students nearing the end of their studies to spend a summer gaining hands-on experience in a research setting.

The projects focus on 

  • the foraging behaviour of cord-forming wood-decay fungi when they encounter a new resource
  • the genetic basis of sexuality (male, female, hermaphroditism) in Fusarium species
  • identifying the presence of Baudoinia species in the vicinity of whiskey bonded warehouses
  • the characteristics and function of aneuploid Candida albicans in relation to anti-fungal resistance

Read about the projects

BMS Research Grants awarded

Four Research Grants have been awarded in 2023 to support projects investigating: antimicrobial resistance in Candida species; ITS primer evaluation for fungal metabarcoding in soils; Cryptococcus neoformans infection as a trigger for neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s Disease; fungal expression systems for production of invertebrate neurotoxins.



Call for submissions to Fungal Interactions

Fungal Interactions is the new, open access, international journal from the British Mycological Society, published by Elsevier, covering the range of interactions between fungi and any biotic or abiotic factors, including those occurring in natural and synthetic environments, and with animals, plants and other microorganisms.

Introductory offer: 50% off the APC, valid for all authors who wish to publish Open Access and submit their article by 30 November, 2023.