1st International Symposium on Fungal Multicellular Development

Alicia&David correctedAlicia Knudson and I just returned from the 1st International Symposium on Fungal Multicellular Development, which was held on Sunday, April 3, in Paris. Twenty-one participants discussed recent advances in fungal developmental biology and evolution, drawing on molecular biology, anatomy, cultural studies, comparative genomics, transcriptomics, and phylogenetics. The workshop was organized by László Nagy of the Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary (with nominal assistance from me), as a satellite meeting of the 13th European Congress of Fungal Genetics. Several talks illustrated the tremendous progress that hars been made in the well-established ascomycete model systems Sordaria macrospora and Neurospora crassa and the basidiomycetes Coprinopsis cinerea and Schizophyllum commune. There were also presentations on emerging basidiomycete systems, including Agrocybe aegerita and Lentinus tigrinus and taxa that cannot (yet) be induced to produce fruiting bodies in culture, such asmushrooms the ectomycorrhizal gasteromycete Pisolithus microcarpus and the enigmatic Neolecta irregularis, the latter representing the only genus in Taphrinomycotina that produces a multicellular fruiting body (although Taphrina produces a hymenium…). The workshop was held in a school belonging to the École Militaire. Our group photo was taken on the playground, which featured murals of Noah’s ark and Little Red Riding Hood, along with a very threatening wolf and some anthropomorphized mushrooms.

L>R: David Hibbett, Maira d. F. Pereira, Robert Herzog, Annegret Kohler, Florian Hennicke, Minou Nowrousian, Jeff Townsend, Stefanie Pöggeler, Jason Stajich, Robin A. Ohm, Cissé Ousmane, Ursula Kües, Weeradej Khonsuntia, Elke-Martina Jung, Kathryn Ford, Torda Varga, Krisztina Krizsán, Alicia Knudson, Éva Almási, László G. Nagy; not present: Pascale Marie-Aimée Dozolme.


9:00 – 9:10 Welcome & Opening

9:10 – 9:40 Stefanie Pöggeler. Functions of autophagy-related genes in fruiting-body development of Sordaria macrospora

9:40 – 10:10 R. Herzog, I. M. Solovyeva, D. K. Gupta, R. Sharma, M. Rühl, M. Thines, Florian Hennicke. Making the poplar mushroom popular again – Agrocybe aegerita as a model basidiomycete

10:10 – 10:40 Jeffrey Townsend. Developmental origins of fungal fruiting body phenotypes in the evolution of the transcriptome

10:40 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:30 Ursula Kües, S. Subba, Y. Yu, M. Sen, W. Khonsuntia, W. Singhadaung, K. Lange, O. Voigt, K. Lakkireddi. Regulation of fruiting body development in Coprinopsis cinerea

11:30 – 12:00 Cissé Ousmane, A. Nguyen, D. Hewitt, M. Nowrousian, G. Jedd, J. Stajich. Two origins of complex multicellular organization in the Ascomycota

12:00 – 12:30. Alicia Knudson, S. Kovaka, J. Gibbons, L.G. Nagy, D.S. Hibbett. Fruiting body plasticity in Lentinus tigrinus and light signaling pathways in Agaricomycetes

12:30 – 14:00. Lunch

14:00 – 14:30 Elke-Martina Jung, K. Katrin, K. Nicole, E. Kothe. Aspects in intracellular regulation and microbial interactions of Schizophyllum commune

14:30 – 15:00. S. Traeger, D. Schumacher, S. Gesing, F. Altegoer, Minou Nowrousian. Comparative genomics and transcriptomics to study fruiting body development in ascomycetes

15:00 – 15:30 Annegret Kohler, M. d. F. Pereira, A. N. da Rocha Campos, T. C. Anastácio, M. D. Costa, F. Martin. Insights into the basidiocarp development of the ectomycorrhizal fungus Pisolithus microcarpus

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 16:30 Pascale Marie-Aimée Dozolme, B. Batailler, S.M. Moukha. Leveraging Idiophasic metabolism shift localization at mycelial and hyphal levels: case of mycotoxin biosynthesis and secretion

16:30 – 17:00 I. Marian, J. Pelkmans, M. Schuller, H. M. Brewer, A. Carver, A. Copeland, J. Grimwood, H. Lee, E. Lindquist, A. Lipzen, J. Martin, H. Park, S. O. Purvine, W. Schackwitz, M. Tegelaar, A. Tritt, S. Baker, I.-G. Choi, L. G. Lugones, H. A. B. Wösten, I. V. Grigoriev, Robin A. Ohm. Leveraging the diversity in the hypervariable species Schizophyllum commune to understand mushroom development and lignocellulose degradation

wolf17:00 – 17:30 László G. Nagy. An overview of the evolution of complex multicellularity in Fungi: synthesys and future challenges.

17:00 – 17:50 Discussion and closing remarks