Pre IMC Fungal Biodiversity Survey

Venue: Mushroom Research Centre, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

When: 5th July – 2nd August 2014 (prior to IMC-10)

Workshop/Foray on mushrooms

Organizer: Dr. Olivier Raspe, Researcher, National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Domein van Bouchout, B-1860 Meise, Belgium.

Mushrooms are highly diverse and play key functional roles in tropical ecosystems. They are taxonomically, morphologically, and ecologically diverse, most beautiful and interesting. Tropical forests are thought to be the most evolved ecosystems characterized by high fungal biodiversity, but a major portion of these biological resources are yet to be documented. Join us for a forays, hands-on workshop, and interactive dialogue exploring the world of Thai mushrooms.

Field trips and labwork will include:

  • The collection, diversity and basic identification of tropical mushrooms
  • The relationships that they form with other organisms (mycorrhizae)
  • Sampling methods, culturing, and preserving specimens
  • Conservation and mushrooms as indicators of forest health

The workshop will make use of variety of different forest types, including pine-dominated, dipterocarp and mixed forests, which will provide the opportunity to study ecological and taxonomical differences among the fungi and locations.

Workshop/MycoBlitz

Organizer: Dr. Kevin D. Hyde, Institute of Excellence in Fungal Research, School of Science, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Fungi, i.e. are highly diverse and play key functional roles in tropical ecosystems. They are taxonomically, morphologically, and ecologically diverse as well as beautiful and interesting. Tropical forests are treasure-houses of high fungal biodiversity, but a major portion of this biological diversity is yet to be documented. It is proposed to conduct the first workshop on documentation of fungal diversity (true fungi). Join us for presentations, hands-on workshop, and interactive dialogue exploring the world of fungi.

Field trips, lectures and labwork will cover:

  • The diversity and taxonomic identification of tropical fungi
  • The relationships that they form with other organisms including insects (entomopathogens) and plants (pathogens, endophytes, mycorrhizae)
  • Sampling methods, single spore isolation, culturing, and preserving specimens of fungi
  • Conservation and fungi as indicators of forest health

The workshop will make use of variety of different forest types, including pine-dominated, dipterocarp and mixed forests, which will provide the opportunity to study ecological and taxonomical differences among the fungi and locations.

Accommodation and all food provided by MRC (except when in the field).

Full workshop fee – 50,000 Baht (1700 USD).Price includes pickup from Chiang Mai airport, accommodation (shared room), food (except when in the field), collecting trips and laboratory use.

Note: A 20,000 baht deposit is required to secure a place. Please transfer to MRF (email mrcthailand@gmail.com for details) to secure your place.

Application deadline – 4 June 2014

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