Congress Theme & Topics

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The congress theme is Mycological discoveries for a better world and will discuss how fungi in all their expression contribute to the health of the society and ecosystems. The congress will explore from the diversity, ecology and conservation of fungi to their biotechnology, evolution, genetics and medical importance. The program will be divided in eight thematic themes: Applications, Development, Ecology, Education, Environment, Evolution, Genomics and Pathology. Each thematic theme will have multiple topics as follow:

 Applications

Cell factories, Fungal resources and sustainable exploration, Identifying toxins and toxic fungi, Mushroom industry and biotechnology, Metabolites and pharmacognocy, Bioremediation and biofertilizers, Fungi as biocontrol agents

Cell Biology

Morphogenesis, Sporogenesis, Sexual development, Taxonomic characters, Cell walls, Membranes, Cytoskeletons, Biophysics, Signaling

Ecology

Adaptation strategies, Causes of diversity, Consequences of diversity, Population dynamics, Fungus-environment interactions, Climate change, Fungal symbiosis

Education

Outreach, Laboratory exercises, Innovative pedagogy, Educational resources, Online and distance learning, Disciplinary cross-training, The Bologna Process

Environment

Fungi in extreme environments, Biogeochemical cycles, Environmental microbiomes, Conservation biology and taxonomy, Fungi in the human environment,  Fungal threats to animal species, Ethnomycology, Aquatic fungi

Evolution

“One fungus-one name”, Species recognition, Phylogenetic lineages and webs, Phylogenomics and systematics, Trans-species polymorphism and paralogy, Evolution of mating systems, Systematics of higher ranks, Inter-organismal evolution and coevolution

Genomics

Population genomics, Genome-wide association study (GWAS) mapping, Genome evolution and Transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, Comparative genomics, Extreme and unusual genomes, Synthetic genomes

Pathology

Plant microbiota, Microbiota of vertebrates and invertebrates, Mechanisms of pathogenesis, Defeating immunity or resistance, Emerging pathogens, Allergens and mycotoxins, Epidemiology and epiphytology, Biological control of pathogenic fungi