The world is at the cross roads in relation to many issues: human health, climate change, food production and spoilage, etc. Fungal biology, and fungal stress in particular, can help to inform and/or solve many of these issues. For instance, fungi can be used for bioremediation; to replace synthetic pesticides by using them for biological control of insect pests; fungi can be used to produce biofuels, novel antibiotics, enzymes and useful chemicals; soil-dwelling fungi may enable production of crops in arid land; and foods can be manipulated to prevent proliferation of fungal xerophiles; fungi grow on many substrates and can help to recycle organic waste. In addition, fungal pathogens represent a serious threat for crops and animals, including humans. Thus, understanding how fungi deal with stress during growth or while infecting a host will help to optimize the use of fungi in biotechnological applications and to fight fungal diseases.
This conference is being held in Brazil because this nation is at the cross roads of work on fungal stress. There is a long tradition of studies on metabolism of trehalose, a unique and universal fungal stress metabolite; biofuel production (including pioneering work on ethanol stress); entomopathogenic fungi to control insect pests (especially in relation to manipulation of stress metabolism); fungi in food production and food spoilage.
This symposium has been designed to facilitate interactions between world leaders from Brazil and other countries, and between established researchers and young students/ scientists including undergraduates, graduates, and postdocs from Brazil and elsewhere. This will catalyze future interactions between Brazilian groups and those from other countries. The first ISFUS (ISFUS 2014), held in São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil has thus far resulted in the publication of more than 30 collaborative articles, including papers in leading journals such as ISME Journal and Environmental Microbiology, as well as a special issue of Current Genetics that was devoted to ISFUS 2014, which published 18 papers.
For the International Speakers, it will be a unique opportunity to see first-hand the great scientific level in Brazil and to discuss their work with other colleagues with similar interests. At the same time, the distinguished group of researchers and the synthesis of science present will lead to cross-cutting discussions and stimulate new lines of research in relation to current world issues; both pure and applied. Small but highly focused meetings can provide the best quality of interaction between speakers, students, and other scientists, and the size of the meeting (no more than 160 attendants) is designed to maintain a degree of intimacy and thereby optimize interactions between all delegates (speakers, those presenting posters, and others, international and national; young and established scientists). The long lunchbreak and social activities provide many opportunities for all the delegates to interact, share ideas, and make lasting professional contacts. Hence, the model of the meeting should produce a high number of collaborations afterwards.
Further Information can be found at https://isfus.wordpress.com/ and the registration is now open.