Every four years the global mycological community assembles to take stock of the state of the science. This running of the International Mycological Congress was threatened by political instability in Thailand and other human factors, but in the end we had a highly enjoyable meeting with around a thousand conferees. Our lab’s contingent had five presentations, listed at the bottom of this post. As wonderful as the IMC was, the post-conference excursion to Phitsanulok and surrounding areas was even better. Rampai Kodsueb and Nopparat Wannathes led a small group of mycologists to the amazing 700 year-old ruins at Sukhothai, seat of the ancient Thai empire, and cool dipterocarp forests at 1000 meters in Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park.
- Hibbett, D. S. Recent progress in sequence-based classification of Fungi. Symposium: Diversity assessment, community ecology and species discovery using high throughput sequencing.
- Gazis, R. O., and D. S. Hibbett. The Xylona heveae (Xylonomycetes) genome: a window to fungal endophytism. Symposium: Genetics and genomics of fungal host-specificity and evasion of host immunity.
- Nagy, L. G. and D. S. Hibbett. The phylogenetic data pipeline ‘COMPARE’: new bioinformatic tools to gain insight into processes of fungal genome evolution. Symposium: Mycoinformatics.
- Floudas, D., R. Riley, R. Blanchette, I. V. Grigoriev, and D. S. Hibbett. Brown and white rots or a gradient of wood degradation mechanisms? The examples of Fistulina and Cylindrobasidium. Symposium: Genetics and genomics of mycorrhizal and saprotrophic fungi. (D. Hibbett, symposium organizer)
- Gazis, R. O., and D. S. Hibbett. Lost in translation: Challenges of transferring information from phylogenies into taxonomy. Symposium: Fungal diversity: from morphology to high throughput sequencing.