At the recent ISAM-9 symposium there was much interest in anaerobic fungi across a range of applications from novel metabolite production, biogas production, methane mitigation and bio-remediation. There was also an informal network get together organised at the conference (big thank you Tony Callaghan!) where a variety of different anaerobic fungal interests and topics were discussed.
Colin Orpin loved Tony Callaghan’s figure as it showed both the basic morphology of a mature plant and the growth of the germinated zoospores that had invaded the plant tissue. It also nicely demonstrated both ‘ends’ of the vegetative stage of the growth cycle.
Tony’s winning image is now featured on our website 🙂
The network recently held a photo competition, which Colin Orpin kindly agreed to judge. Colin had 59 entries to choose from and paid particular attention to the quality of the image, its significance and originality.
I am delighted to announce that Tony Callaghan from Aberystwyth University was placed first (see new image on our website).
Yanfen Cheng of Nanjing Agricultural University and Sumit Singh Dagar of Agharkar Research Institute were placed second and third respectively (images to follow soon…)
Well done everyone!!
The 9th meeting of this symposium will be held this year in Slovenia during June 25-27, and already has many interesting speakers confirmed 🙂
Abstract deadline closes 30th April!
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I had a lovely conversation with Colin Orpin the other evening – he was delighted to hear about our network and that anaerobic fungal research is still alive and kicking!
For those of you not familiar with the name, Colin Orpin is the researcher who conducted much of the ground breaking work in the 1960s/70s which led to the acceptance of the existence of anaerobic fungi despite the widely accepted dogma of the time that fungi needed oxygen.