XI International Fungal Biology Conference

View from the Castle towards the City of Karlsruhe with the Black Forest in the Background.

The Abstract book can be downloaded!

The meeting (and the registration) takes place at the South Campus of the KIT, in the Tulla Lecture hall. Type Tulla Hörsaal Karlsruhe in google maps and you will get your directions. Download your campus map here or use the interactive one. The address of the University is: Kaiserstrasse 12, 76131 Karlsruhe. If you wish to come by car, you can park outside the Campus along the street at the Adenauer Ring. Its a 10 min walk from there. Otherwise you need to go to a parking lot close to the Castle, but there you have to pay.



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XI International Fungal Biology Conference (Sept. 29 - Oct. 3, 2013) in Karlsruhe, Germany

We are happy to announce the upcoming XI International Fungal Biology Conference in Karlsruhe, Germany. This international conference series started in 1965 and was held since then in irregular intervals at the following places:

Bristol, England, 1965  

Provo, Utah, USA 1973  

Gwatt, Switzerland 1980  

Stirling, Scotland 1987  

Helen, Georgia, USA 1991  

Konstanz, Germany 1996  

Groningen, Holland 1999   

Guanajuato, Mexico 2002  

Nancy, France 2006  

Ensenada, Mexico 2009

Karlsruhe, Germany 2013 

The aim of this Conference series was always to especially focus on exciting new fields at the frontiers of fungal biology. These fields are often developed by young scientists, who will be therefore especially be chosen as speakers. The meeting will be organized by a local committee and the international steering committee. We are trying to put up a most interesting program with speakers from all over the world. The program should be complementary to other recent fungal biology meetings, such as the Asilomar Fungals Genetics , the European Fungal Genetics and the recent Gordon Conferences. In addition, there will be multiple opportunities for young scientists to present their work in Concurrent Sessions as well as in Poster presentations. The meeting will be combined with the biannual German Molecular Mycology meeting.

We are very much looking forward to welcome you all in Karlsruhe!

Karlsruhe is located in the South of Germany and is amongst the warmest areas. It is located in the Rhine valley just at the border with France. Two mountain areas are close by, the beautiful Black Forest and the Pfalz, a lovely area well known for its wines. In an excursion during the meeting you will have the opportunity to get an impression of this wine region and taste some selected wines. The timing of the conference coincides perfectly with the wine harvest, and you will see the colorful autumn forests of the Pfalz.

See you soon in Karlsruhe!

Reinhard Fischer, Jörg Kämper and Natalia Requena (the local Organizers)


Local Organizing Committee 

Reinhard Fischer Jörg Kämper Natalia Requena


Scientific Program Committee

Andrianopoulos, Alex (Melbourne, Australia) Bölker, Michael (Marburg, Germany) Brakhage, Axel (Jena, Germany) Corrochano, Luis (Sevilla, Spain) Fischer, Reinhard (Karlsruhe, Germany) Glass, Louise (Berkeley, US) Goldman, Gustavo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Kahmann, Regine (Marburg, Germany) Kämper, Jörg (Karlsruhe, Germany) Kück, Ulrich (Bochum, Germany) Momany, Michelle (Athens, US) Natalia Requena (Karlsruhe, Germany) Riquelme, Meritxell (Ensenada, Mexico) Wendland, Jürgen (Copenhagen, DK) Talbot, Nick (Exeter, UK)  

Steering Committee (Fungal Biology Conferences)  

Jesús Aguirre - México Gordon Beakes - U.K. Louise Glass - USA Neil Gow - U.K. Harvey Hoch - USA Regine Kahmann - Germany Kurt Mendgen - Germany Robert Roberson - USA José Ruiz-Herrera - México 


Conference Programme


Sunday, 29.09.2013  

14:00–18:30    Registration and mounting of the posters 


                    16:15 – 17:00  OPENING LECTURE: Raymond J.St. Leger (Univ. of Maryland, USA)

                                                      “How to use a fungus to combat malaria”  


17:00–17:30    Coffee break



I. PLENARY SESSION: HOST-PATHOGEN INTERACTIONS                                             

Chairs: A. Brakhage (HKI Jena, Germany)


17:30–18:00   Clarissa Nobile (University of California, San Francisco, USA) 

“A sticky situation: unraveling how Candida albicans forms biofilms”


18:00–18:30    Robin May (University of Brimingham, UK)                                                                                                      

“Hijacking of the immune system by a fatal fungal pathogen”


18:30-19:00    Markus Künzler (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

“Fungi as hosts of "pathogens": Defense mechanisms of multicelullar fungi against fungivorous nematodes"


19:30 GET TOGETHER with weJazz


Monday, 30.09.2013

08:30–10:30    Poster session talks: Pathogenic fungi (chair: Matthias Brock, Jena, Germany)

M. Brock: Real-time visualization of fungal infections by non-invasive bioluminescence imaging                                                    

6 selected talks from poster presentations


10:30–11:00    Coffee break


Chairs: Regine Kahmann (Marburg, Germany) and Nick Talbot (Exceter, UK)


11:00–11:30    Martijn Rep (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)                                                                                                             

“Speculations on the evolution of host-specific pathogenicity in the Fusarium oxysporum species complex”  


11:30–12:00    Richard O’Connell (MPI, Cologne, Germany)

“Insights into Colletotrichum hemibiotrophy from genome and transcriptome sequencing” 


12:00–12:30    Ane Sesma (University of Madrid, Spain)                                                                                                             

“Post-transcriptional regulation of Magnaporthe oryzae pathogenicity genes”  



12:30–14:00    Lunch break


(Offer: "Fungal diversity on Campus", Short excursion with Dr. Schöller, Museum of Natural History, Karlsruhe)




Chairs: Mertixell Riquelme (Ensenada, Mexico) and Neil Gow (Aberdeen, UK)


14:00–14:30    Alexandra Brand (University of Aberdeen, UK)                                                                                                   

“Understanding directional growth in fungal hyphae”  


14:30–15:00    Andre Fleissner (University of Braunschweig, Germany)                                                                                                      

“Cell-cell communication and fusion in Neurospora crassa


15:00–15:30    Andrea Genre (University of Torino, Italy)                                                                                                        

“Fungal recognition and accommodation in arbuscular mycorrhizal plants”



15:30–17:30    Coffee break / Poster Session


17:30–19:30    Poster session talks: Plant fungal interactions (chair: Antonio Di Pietro, Cordoba, Spain)                        

A. Di Pietro: "On target: chemotropism of Fusarium oxysporum towards its host plant"                           

6 selected talks from poster presentations



Tuesday, 01.10.2013  

08:30–10:30    Poster session talks: Cytskeleton and Polarity (chair: Michael Feldbrügge, University of Düsseldorf, Germany)                          

M. Feldbrügge: "Cytoskeleton, intracellular transport and hyphal tip growth"

6 selected talks from poster presentations


10:30–11:00    Coffee break




Chairs: Michael Bölker (Marburg, Germany) and Jürgen Wendland (Copenhagen, DK)


11:00–12:30     Ida van der Klei (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)                                                                                                                            

“The biogenesis and function of fungal peroxisomes”


11:30–12:00    Gero Steinberg (University of Exeter, UC)                                                                                                      

“Endosome motility in fungi: The how and why”


12:00–12:30    Benedikt Westermann (University of Bayreuth, Germany)                                                                                           

“Mitochondrial dynamics and inheritance in yeast”



12:30–14:00    Lunch break




Chairs: Louise Glass (University of Berkeley, US)


14:00–14:30    Claus Bollschweiler (BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany)                                                                                                                          

“Hydrophobins: Innovative performance proteins for industrial Biotechnology”


14:30–15:00    Ronald de Vries (CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, The Netherlands)                                                                                                   

“Fungal strategies for plant biomass degradation”


15:00–15:30    Katsuhiko Kitamoto (University of Tokyo, Japan)                                                                                              

“Developing Aspergillus oryzae as a host for heterologous protein production”


15:30–17:30    Coffee break / Poster Session


17:30–19:30    Poster session talks: Gene regulation (chair: Yi Liu, Dallas, Texas, USA)                          

Y. Liu: "Less is more, codon usage regulates protein expression, structure and function"              

6 selected talks from poster presentations



Wednesday, 2.10.2013

08:30–10:30 Poster session talks: Secondary metabolism (chair: Ana Calvo, deKalb, Illinois, USA)                                             

A. Calvo: "Advances in the knowledge of fungal secondary metabolism"                          

6 selected talks from poster presentations


10:30–11:00    Coffee break




Chairs: Michelle Momany (Athens, US) and Luis Corrochano (Sevilla, Spain)


11:00–12:30    Alex Idnurm (University of Missouri, USA)    

“Light signalling in Phycomyces”  


11:30–12:00    Alfredo Herrera Estrella (Langebio, Irapuato, Mexico)                                                                                        

“An injury-response mechanism conserved across kingdoms determines entry of Trichoderma atroviride into development”


12:00–12:30    Axel Diernfellner (University of Heidelberg, Germany)                                                                                                    

“Molecular mechanisms of the Neurospora crassa circadian clock”



12:30–14:00    Lunch break




Chairs: Bettina Tudzynski (Münster, Germany) and Ulrich Kück (Bochum, Germany)


14:00–14:30   Joseph Strauss (University of Vienna, Austria)                                                                                                                                  

“Heterochromatin influences fungal secondary metabolism and pathogenicity”


14:30–15:00    Marc Stadler (HZI, Braunschweig)                                                                                                         

“Correlations between biodiversity and secondary metabolism in the Xylariaceae”


15:00–15:30    Sandra Bloemendal (University of Bochum)

"Strain development in fungal biotechnology: Regulation of beta lactam antibiotic biosynthesis"


15:30-16:00    Poster Awards


16:15-17:00    Claudio Scazzocchio (Université Paris Sud (XI), France and Imperial College London, UK )

"Concluding remarks: Fungal Biology in the post-genomic era"


17:00–23:00 CONFERENCE DINNER at the Castle Schwetzingen

(not included in the registration fee)


Thursday, 03.10.2013  

Excursions (not included in the registration fee)

1. Heidelberg

2. Technic museum in Speyer, Wine tasting in the "Pfalz"

3. Hiking from the castle "Hambacher Schloss" to St. Martin. Wine tasting in St. Martin.



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