Just back from the 8th Latin American Congress of Mycology, in Medellin, Colombia, the city of never-ending springtime. This was a fantastic meeting, only marginally disrupted by (fairly mild) student protests (I gather they are concerned about tuition increases–I think I am with the students). There is great interest in basic taxonomy in South and Central America, which makes sense given the tremendous amount of undescribed biodiversity in these countries. Basidiomycete systematics was a particularly strong theme at the congress, with 55 posters on this subject alone! Here are a few photos of the city and the venue–more to come later, perhaps–and the poster titles from the basidiomycete taxonomy section (scroll down).