Welcome to IMC 11!


The Mycological Society of America (MSA), the International Mycological Association, the Latin American Mycological Association (ALM), the Puerto Rican Mycological Society (SPM), Universidad del Turabo and Meet Puerto Rico are proud to sponsor the 11th International Mycological Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This will be the first time IMC is celebrated in Latin America and the Caribbean region, one of the circa 30 biodiversity hotspots of the world. Puerto Rico is an ideal setting for a mycological congress because our long history in mycology and our location in the subtropical region offering a diversity of ecosystems (from dry to rain forests) harboring many tropical fungi.

San Juan, the capital city, possesses a state of the art convention center, excellent hotels, excellent cultural activities and an amazing culinary experience. The Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport is a main hub for different airlines receiving direct flights from major airports in the USA, Europe, Central and South America. Come and enjoy IMC 11 in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2018.

 Puerto Rico is ready for you!

Program Schedule
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07:30 AM – 21:00 PM – Day 4

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
Ballroom AB Foyer

7:30 am – 8:15 am
MSA Business Meeting
Ballroom B

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
First Floor

8:00 am – 7:30 pm
Ballroom A

8:30 am – 10:30 am
Concurrent Symposia

Application S13. Food Mycology in the 21 century: Impacts on Food Security and Safety
Chairs: Giancarlo Perrone and Sofía Noemí Chulze
Room: 202 B&C
Cell Biology S14. Light Sensing in Fungi
Chairs: Luis Larrondo and Drauzio Rangel
Room: 202 A
Ecology S15. A Big Puzzle to Assemble: Using Taxonomy to Unravel Ecology and Biogeography of Ectomycorrhizal Symbiosis in the Tropic
Chairs: Maria Alice Neves and Aida Vasco
Room: 201
Pathology S16. IMC/ISHAM Symposium: Human Pathogenic Fungi, Taxonomy and Global Emergence
Chairs: RJacques F. Meis and Alexander Lorenz
Room: 204
Environment S17. Rhizobiomes – Their Interactions with the Hosts and Functions in a Changing Environment.
Chairs: Ari Jumpponen, Cheryl Kuske and Andrea Porras-Alfaro
Room: Ballroom B
Education S18. Oral History for Mycology.
Chairs: Meredith Blackwell and Rob Samson
Room: 203

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Plenary Speaker 3
Anuradha Chowdhary
Fungal Human Pathogens: from Obscure Significance to Impending Disasters
Ballroom B

12:00 pm – 14:00 pm
Exhibit Hall C

12:00 pm – 13:30 pm
Mycologia Editorial Meeting
Room: 206

12:00 pm – 14:00 pm
MSA Student Section Executive Board Meeting
Room: 207

14:00 pm – 16:00 pm
Concurrent Symposia

Application S19. Home life: the mycobiomes of built environments.
Chairs: Joan W. Bennett and Jack Gilbert
Room: 203
Evolution S20. Gondwana Reunited! Fungal Biogeography in the Southern Hemisphere
Chairs: Matthew E. Smith and Camille Truong
Room: 201
Ecology S21. Resolving Uncharacterized Symbiotic Relationships: The Delicate Balance from Mutualist to Parasite
Chairs: Hector Urbina and Melissa Mardones
Room: Ballroom B
Education S22. Bringing Awareness of Fungi – for Teachers and the General Public
Chairs: Maria Alice Neves and Nelson Menolli
Room: 204
Genomics S23. Metagenomics: Whole Fungal Genomes from Complex Samples
Chairs: C. Alisha Quandt and Jason Stajich
Room: 202 B&C

16:00 pm – 16:30 pm
Coffee Break
Foyer Ballroom AB

16:30 pm – 17:30 pm

Plenary Speaker 4
Carlos Chardón Palacios Lecture – Priscilla Chaverri
Evolution of Protective Mutualism in Plant-Fungal Endosymbiosis
Sponsored by the Puerto Rican Mycological Society
Ballroom B

17:30 pm – 19:30 pm
Poster Session by Theme and Reception
Ballroom A

19:30 pm – 21:00 pm
Special Interest Group Meetings

Taxonomy of the Leotiomycetes
Peter Johnston
Room: 202 B

Golden Mycological Triangle -Ascomycota
Marc Sadler
Room: 204

Meeting of the International subcommission on Colletotrichum taxonomy
(for established members of the group)
Ulrike Damm
Room: 203

British Mycological Society Reception
Room: 207