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2015 Important Dates

Abstract Submission Opens September 10
Conference Registration Opens October 1
Abstract Submission Deadline December 10
Conference and Housing Registration Deadline December 10
Abstract Revision Deadline December 11
Platform/Poster Assignments Online February 17

Concurrent Session Listing

 

 


Wednesday, March 18   8:30 AM–12:00 NOON
Merrill Hall and Chapel

Plenary Session I: Evolution
Chair: John Taylor


Food for thought: Cheese as an experimental ecosystem. Rachel Dutton


Invade, co-opt, and swap: Evolution of cell cycle control in Fungi and other eukaryotes. Nicolas E. Buchler


Beyond the whole genome duplication: phylogenetic evidence for an ancient inter-species hybridization in the yeast lineage. Toni Gabaldón


Epigenetic variation and adaptation in plant pathogenic oomycetes. Mark Gijzen


Genome sequence evolution in experimental populations of S. cerevisiae. Gregory Lang


Wednesday, March 18   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Merrill Hall

Multicellular Development/Crosstalk between Morphogenetic and Developmental Pathways in Filamentous Fungi
Co-chairs: Minou Nowrousian and Oier Etxebeste

3:00
The interplay of a GPI-anchored protein and the STRIPAK complex regulate fruiting-body development in the filamentous ascomycete Sordaria macrospora. Stefanie Poeggeler

3:20
Identification of NoxD/Pro41 as the homologue of the p22 NADPH oxidase subunit in fungi. Sylvain Brun

3:40
Diverse roles for the non-receptor guanine nucleotide exchange factor RIC8. Katherine Borkovich

4:00
A ‘developmental hourglass’ in mushroom-forming fungi. Xuanjin Cheng

4:20 Break

4:40
The role oxidative stress and RNP granules have in spore survival. Steven Gorsich

5:00
Patterns of cellular morphogenesis during conidiophore development in Aspergillus nidulans. Steven Harris

5:20
Thioredoxins are essential for appressorium formation, conidiation, and circadian rhythm in Magnaporthe oryzae. Cong Jiang

5:40
Light regulation controls asexual and sexual development in Aspergillus nidulans. Reinhard Fischer


Wednesday, March 18   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Chapel

Epigenetics, Chromatin, and Genome Defense
Co-chairs: Isabelle Fudal and Zachary Lewis

3:00
Whole genome HiC analysis of interactions between chromosomal regions in wildtype Neurospora and in mutants defective in heterochromatin machinery. Jonathan Galazka

3:20
Heterochromatin components are requried for the normal genome integrity. Takahiko Sasaki

3:40
Identification of Neurospora Shelterin. Shinji Honda

4:00
Epigenetic and transcriptional control in coordination of fungal development and secondary metabolism. Gerhard Braus

4:20 Break

4:40
Heterochromatic marks play an important role in regulating the symbiotic interaction between Epichloë festucae and Lolium perenne and symbiosis-specific secondary metabolite gene expression. Tetsuya Chujo

5:00
Epigenetic hotspots are genomic islands for putative effector-encoding genes in Zymoseptoria tritici. Jessica L. Soyer

5:20
Small RNAs - the secret agents for fungal attacks. Hailing Jin

5:40
Investigating the RNA molecules of meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA (MSUD). Dilini A. Samarajeewa


Wednesday, March 18   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Fred Farr Forum

Fungus-animal Interactions
Co-chairs: Robert Cramer and Stephanie Diezmann

3:00
Candida albicans commensalism in the mammalian host. Suzanne Noble

3:20
The heat shock response governed by Hsp90 and Hsf1 is necessary for cell survival and virulence in the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans. Michelle Leach

3:40
Iron sources and siderophore production in Paracoccidioides spp. Celia Soares

4:00
Manipulation of macrophage biology by the intracellular fungal pathogen Histoplasma capsulatum. Bevin English

4:20 Break

4:40
Function and regulation of the Candida glabrata Pdr1 transcription factor. W. Scott Moye-Rowley

5:00
Characterization of Myosins in Aspergillus fumigatus Growth and Pathogenesis. Hilary Renshaw

5:20
An extracellularly-produced peptide acts intracellularly to program fungal virulence. Hiten Madhani

5:40
Identification of conserved and novel features of the alkaline response pathway in the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. Kyla Selvig


Wednesday, March 18   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Kiln

Secondary Metabolism
Co-chairs: Robert Proctor and Masayuki Machida

3:00
Secondary metabolism in Fusarium fujikuroi: genome mining and hierarchical regulatory networks. Bettina Tudzynski

3:20
The evolution of secondary metabolite degradation by specialization of gene clusters. Jason Slot

3:40
Fine scale evolution of fungal secondary metabolism. Kathryn Bushley

4:00
Discovery of fungal secondary metabolic pathways from large-scale genomic and transcriptome information. Myco Umemura

4:20 Break

4:40
Examining the evolution of the regulatory circuit controlling secondary metabolism and development in Aspergillus. Abigail Lind

5:00
A trichothecene biosynthetic enzyme complex and a potential mechanism for cellular trichothecene traffic in Fusarium graminearum. Karen Broz

5:20
Clues to an evolutionary mystery: the genes for T-toxin, enabler of the devastating 1970 Southern Corn Leaf Blight epidemic, are present in ancestral species. B. Gillian Turgeon

5:40
Comparative genomics and gene cluster identification in 28 species of Aspergillus section Nigri. Tammi Vesth


Wednesday, March 18   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Heather

Biodiversity of Fungi
Co-chairs: Linda Kohn and Georgianna May

3:00
Scaling fungal diversity from soil cores to continents. Kabir Peay

3:20
Fungi as drivers of microbial community assembly: moving from patterns to molecular mechanisms. Benjamin Wolfe

3:40
Geographic and temporal structure of endophytic and endolichenic fungal communities of the boreal biome. Jana M. U'Ren

4:00
Evolution of specificity in the lichen-forming genus Peltigera and its cyanobacterial partner: consequences on speciation rate and geographical range. Jolanta Miadlikowska

4:20 Break

4:40
Priority effects during fungal community establishment in beech wood. Lynne Boddy

5:00
Common molds modify plant disease. Posy Busby

5:20
A highly diverse clade of melanized fungi associated with leaves and trichomes of the endemic tree Metrosideros polymorpha at high elevation sites in Hawai'i. Naupaka Zimmerman

5:40
Invasiveness of the harmful house-invader Serpula lacrymans – population genomics of the Japanese and European populations. Inger Skrede


Wednesday, March 18   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Nautilus

Population Genomics and Microevolution
Co-chairs: Rachel Brem and Pierre Gladieux

3:00
The recent emergence of wheat blast in Brazil. Bruce A. McDonald

3:20
Identification of candidate effectors in the poplar rust fungus Melampsora larici-populina through a population genomics approach. Antoine Persoons

3:40
Evolution of an outbreak: Hypermutators and the Cryptococcus gattii outbreak. R. Blake Billmyre

4:00
Adaptive genome remodeling by massive changes in gene content and gene transfers across cheese fungi. Antoine Branca

4:20 Break

4:40
Exactly the same, except in every detail. Malcolm Whiteway

5:00
Outcrossing limits propagation of chromosomal inversions in Neurospora species. Christopher Hann-Soden

5:20
Coupling evolutionary dynamics of Venturia inaequalis effectors and functional genomics to decipher mechanisms of virulence and to identify durable resistance genes in apple. Benoit Calmes

5:40
Saccharomyces diversity and the tools to tap it. Chris T. Hittinger


Wednesday, March 18   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Scripps

Synthetic Biology
Co-chairs: Ken Bruno and Debbie Yaver

3:00
How to modify regulatory proteins for desired gene expression? Astrid Mach-Aigner

3:20
Engineering Neurospora crassa for increased production of lipids from lignocellulose. Christine Roche

3:40
Reconstruction of the biosynthetic pathway for the terpene antibiotic pleuromutilin in the secondary host Aspergillus oryzae. Fabrizio Alberti

4:00
Metabolic pathway engineering for organic acid production in Aspergillus niger. Peter Punt

4:20 Break

4:40
A CRISPR/Cas9 system for genetic engineering of filamentous fungi. Christina S. Noedvig

5:00
High-efficiency genome editing and allele replacement in prototrophic and wild strains of Saccharomyces. William Alexander

5:20
Aspergillus nidulans as cell factory for production of mycophenolic acid. Zofia D. Jarczynska

5:40
Computational modelling of Aspergillus metabolism for cellular engineering purposes. Blaine Pfeifer


Thursday, March 19   8:30 AM–12:00 NOON
Merrill Hall and Chapel

Plenary Session II: Development
Chair: Miguel Penalva


Intra-Species Phenotypic and Genotypic Variation in C. albicans. Richard Bennett


Sexual development in euascomycetes: The STRIPAK complex is required for signaling during fruiting body formation. Ulrich Kück


γ-Tubulin: a Multifunctional Cell Organizer. Berl R. Oakley


Regulation of microtubule-based transport. Samara Reck-Peterson


Long-distance endosome trafficking drives fungal effector production during plant infection. Gero Steinberg


Thursday, March 19   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Merrill Hall

Fungus-plant interactions
Co-chairs: Natalia Requena and Wilhelm Schäfer

3:00
Biotrophic transportome in the arbuscular mycorrhiza. Daniel Wipf

3:20
Epigenetic control of effector gene expression in the plant pathogenic fungus Leptosphaeria maculans. Isabelle Fudal

3:40
Get ready for infection: Transcriptional profiling reveals virulence-specific traits inside of infection cushions of Fusarium graminearum. Jörg Bormann

4:00
Necrotrophic effector epistasis in tan spot of wheat. Lynda Ciuffetti

4:20 Break

4:40
Functional characterization of CgEP2, a broadly conserved fungal effector with a role in virulence in Colletotrichum graminicola. Serenella A. Sukno

5:00
Effectors of Fusarium oxysporum: identification, function, evolution and regulation of gene expression. Martijn Rep

5:20
Towards deciphering the functional role of arbuscular mycorrhizal effectors in the symbiosis. Natalia Requena

5:40
RNAse-like effectors of cereal powdery mildews. Pietro Spanu


Thursday, March 19   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Chapel

Gene regulatory networks
Co-chairs: Audrey Atkin and Gerhard Braus

3:00
Post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression by upstream open reading frames. Audrey Atkin

3:20
Evolution of Fungal Pathogenesis. Alexander Johnson

3:40
Metals, Metabolomes and Circuitry Networks. Nancy Keller

4:00
Impact of heterogeneity on gene regulatory networks. Han Wosten

4:20 Break

4:40
Histidine kinase pathway components are required for growth in the parasitic form of Histoplasma capsulatum. Sinem Beyhan

5:00
Modular and compartmentalized gene regulatory networks of Fusarium graminearum. Li Guo

5:20
Genome-wide transcriptome analysis of cell wall remodeling in Aspergillus niger in response to the absence of galactofuranose biosynthesis. Arthur Ram

5:40
Understanding the Circadian Output Gene Regulatory Network using the Clock-Controlled Transcription Factor ADV-1 in Neurospora crassa. Oneida Ibarra


Thursday, March 19   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Fred Farr Forum

Cytoskeleton, Endocytosis and Endosomes
Co-chairs: Norio Takeshita and Nick Read

3:00
Coupling of cisternal maturation and exocytic transport during Golgi exit involves all sorts of motors. Miguel Penalva

3:20
Coordination of aminophospholipid asymmetry, P4 ATPases, and vesicle traffic during hyphal growth. Zachary Schultzhaus

3:40
Investigating the role of BAR domain proteins during plant infection by Magnaporthe oryzae. Magdalena Martin-Urdiroz

4:00
Calcium signaling and cytoskeletal dynamics during hyphal growth and infection by the human fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. Constanze Seidel

4:20 Break

4:40
Dynamics of the actin cytoskeleton in Phytophthora infestans hyphae and infection structures. Francine Govers

5:00
Analysis of Septin Organization Using Polarized Fluorescence Microscopy. Molly McQuilken

5:20
The functional orthologue of the human tumor suppressor APC protein MigA plays a role in polarity determination in the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans. Raphael Manck

5:40
Dynamics of cytoplasmic microtubules: From experimental data to simulations with prediction potential. Peter Philippsen


Thursday, March 19   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Kiln

Fungal Volatiles: Critical Signals for Fungal Interactions
Co-chairs: Joan Bennett and Seogchan Kang

3:00
Volatile Organic Compounds from Trichoderma Isolates: Their Impact on Plant Growth and Development. Samantha Y. Lee

3:20
Volatile compounds produced by plant-associated fungi play critical roles in plant growth and stress resistance. Ningxiao Li

3:40
Oxylipin cross-talk between innate immunity and Aspergillus fumigatus. Gregory Fischer

4:00
Influence of volatile organic compounds on Fusarium graminearum mycotoxin production. Martha Vaughan

4:20 Break

4:40
Trichoderma secondary metabolism and its relation to plant growth promotion. Artemio Mendoza

5:00
Non-trichothecene sesquiterpenes are produced by Fusarium graminearum PH-1, and are dependent on Tri5 expression. H. Corby Kistler

5:20
The mechanism of activation of patulin biosynthesis by ammonia during Penicillium expansum fruit colonization. Dov Prusky

5:40
Hydroxy Fatty Acids Sensing and Surface Perception by Ustilago maydis. Pierre Grognet


Thursday, March 19   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Heather

Molecular Evolution of Antifungal Resistance
Co-chairs: Richard Oliver and Paul Bowyer

3:00
Fungal cell wall remodelling and antifungal drug tolerance. Carol Munro

3:20
RNA-seq analysis of Cercospora beticola DMI-resistant and -sensitive strains in response to tetraconazole. Melvin Bolton

3:40
Accumulation of mutations in Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei CYP51 confers positive and negative cross-resistance to triazole fungicides. Francisco Lopez Ruiz

4:00
A regular unicellular stage facilitates adaptation: the emergence of azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus. Jianhua Zhang

4:20 Break

4:40
Breaking the mould - drug resistance in fungal disease. Paul Bowyer

5:00
Succinate-dehydrogenase inhibitors (SDHIs) resistance evolution in cereal pathogens. Stefano Torriani

5:20
DMI resistance in Zymoseptoria tritici: a history of gradual molecular evolution. Patrick Brunner

5:40
Genetic analysis of multi-drug-resistance (MDR) in Mycosphaerella graminicola (Zymoseptoria tritici) field isolates. Sabine Fillinger


Thursday, March 19   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Nautilus

Circadian Rhythms and Photobiology
Co-chairs: Deborah Bell-Pedersen and Christian Hong

3:00
Light-responsive transcription factors (LTFs) regulate differentiation and virulence in the gray mold fungus Botrytis cinerea. Julia Schumacher

3:20
Functions of ENVOY in Trichoderma reesei. Monika Schmoll

3:40
Length of the photocycle in the VVD photoreceptor controls photo-adaptation and a dynamic VVD-WWC pool. Jennifer Loros

4:00
Characterization of light and circadian regulation in the necrotrophic fungus Botrytis cinerea and its role in pathogenesis using Arabidopsis thaliana as a plant model. Luis Larrondo

4:20 Break

4:40
Two circadian oscillators function to coordinately regulate circadian rhythmicity in Neurospora crassa. Nirmala Karunarathna

5:00
A HAD family phosphatase PSR-1 regulates Circadian Output pathway in Neurospora crassa. Xiaoying Zhou

5:20
Interconnected network of circadian rhythms and DNA damage response. Christian Hong

5:40
A natural light-inducible transcription system to characterize transcription dynamics. Michael Brunner


Thursday, March 19   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Scripps

Education and Outreach
Co-chairs: Marilee Ramesh and Lynne Boddy

3:00
Integrating strategic partnerships, education, and outreach to foster a research culture at a predominantly undergraduate institution. Joseph Flaherty

3:20
A novel role for an SR/RRM family mRNA shuttling binding protein in cell cycle regulation in Aspergillus nidulans. Sarah Anglin

3:40
Teaching in a digital world: Developing an online course in Genetics. Indrani Bose

4:00
Educating beyond undergrads and graduate students: mycology meets social media. Lynne Boddy

4:20 Break

4:40
Investing in the Fungal Genetics Stock Center: Kansas State Plant Pathology offers new home for collection. Kevin McCluskey

5:00
Keeping Teaching Fresh: Resources for new ideas and approaches in the classroom. Marilee Ramesh


Friday, March 20   8:30 AM–12:00 NOON
Merrill Hall and Chapel

Plenary Session III: Interactions
Chair: Corby Kistler


Cell-cell communication and fusion in Neurospora crassa. Andre Fleissner


New insights into effector research in the sebacinoid root endophyte Piriformospora indica. Alga Zuccaro


Evolution of virulence in the vascular wilt pathogen Verticillium dahliae. Bart P. H. J. Thomma


Microsporidia infection in C. elegans and other hosts. Emily Troemel


Fungus-insect interactions: genomics and molecular biology. Chengshu Wang


Friday, March 20   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Merrill Hall

Mating Systems and Sexual Development
Co-chairs: Paul Dyer and Alex Idurm

3:00
Constraints on sex by a single mating-type: a case study from lichenized fungi. Hanna Johannesson

3:20
Mating-type genes in cereal rust fungi. Guus Bakkeren

3:40
Chromosomal inversion-based mechanism of mating type switching in Hansenula polymorpha. Hiromi Maekawa

4:00
Identification of novel genes regulating sexual development in Aspergillus species by functional analysis of transcripts differentially regulated by mating-type loci. Paul Dyer

4:20 Break

4:40
Biological Functions of Fungal Unisexual Reproduction: Sex Before Sexes. Joseph Heitman

5:00
Control of sexual and asexual development in Aspergillus nidulans by two different modules: MAPK (SteC-SteD-MkkB-MpkB) and heterotrimeric VapA-VipC-VapB methyltransferase complex. Ozgur Bayram

5:20
Genomics and transcriptomics to study connections between fruiting body development and secondary metabolism. Minou Nowrousian

5:40
Complex formation of RNA silencing proteins in the perinuclear region of Neurospora crassa. Logan Decker


Friday, March 20   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Chapel

In vivo Imaging of Host-pathogen Interactions
Co-chairs: Matthias Brock and Barbara Valent

3:00
In vivo visualisation of fungal infections: An introduction to strain construction, imaging and challenges. Matthias Brock

3:20
Bioluminescence imaging of Candida albicans infections. Christophe D'Enfert

3:40
In vivo dynamics of Candida-immune interaction in the zebrafish. Robert Wheeler

4:00
Towards 4D-imaging of arbuscule development in rice. Uta Paszkowski

4:20 Break

4:40
Zoom into Nano: Super-Resolution Microscopy in Visualizing the 3D Architecture of Cell Walls and related Protein Complexes. Christian Voigt

5:00
Subcellular reorganization during trichothecene mycotoxin induction in Fusarium graminearum. Marike Boenisch

5:20
Infection structure-specific expression of lipase-like effector supports appressorial functionality and fungal cell-to-cell colonization of the rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae. Ely Oliveira-Garcia

5:40
Ralstonia solanacearum lipopeptide induces chlamydospore formation followed by bacterial entry in close encounters with fungi. Joe Spraker


Friday, March 20   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Fred Farr Forum

RNA Metabolism and Transport
Co-chairs: Ane Sesma and Michael Bölker

3:00
mRNA transport meets membrane trafficking. Michael Feldbrugge

3:20
Comparative transcriptomics of the human pathogen Histoplasma reveals conserved and widespread re-programming of transcript length. Sarah Gilmore

3:40
Regulating the regulators: Cleavage Factor I proteins in Magnaporthe oryzae. Ane Sesma

4:00
Switching the fate of mRNA transcripts for mitochondrial biogenesis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Chien-Der Lee

4:20 Break

4:40
Mechanism of Quelling: Small Interfering RNA Production from Repetitive DNA. Yi Liu

5:00
Investigating the link between mRNA degradation and translation. Mark Caddick

5:20
Programmed stop codon readthrough leads to dually targeted protein isoforms. Alina C. Stiebler

5:40
Light effects on the production and processing of RNA. Sue Crosthwaite


Friday, March 20   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Kiln

Stress Responses and Senescence
Co-chairs: Alfredo Herrera-Estrella and Heinz Osiewacz

3:00
Intervening into molecular quality control pathways: effect on fungal senescence. Heinz Osiewacz

3:20
Mitochondria-mediated stress tolerance and senescence in Botrytis. Amir Sharon

3:40
Induced programmed cell death in Neurospora crassa. Arnaldo Videira

4:00
Golgi-localized and the palmitoyl transferase-related AkrA homologs mediates [Ca2+]i transient to response ER and azole stresses. Ling Lu

4:20 Break

4:40
Proteome analysis of transiently oxidized proteins during the hyperoxidant state that triggers conidiation in Neurospora crassa. Wilhelm Hansberg

5:00
Stress signaling in Botrytis cinerea: The response regulator BcSkn7. Anne Viefhues

5:20
Mechanical stress initiates intercalary growth in Epichloë fungal symbionts of grasses. Christine R. Voisey

5:40
Damage-associated molecular patterns and small RNAs in the response to injury of Trichoderma atroviride. Alfredo Herrera-Estrella


Friday, March 20   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Heather

Early Diverging Fungi
Co-chairs: Tim James and Naomi Fast

3:00
Ancient pectinases equipped ancestral fungi to digest plant cell walls. Mary Berbee

3:20
The Chytrid secretome –a comparative analysis of the secretome of an aerobic, anaerobic and pathogenic Chytrid species. Lene Lange

3:40
The genomic landscape of early fungal evolution: Genomic innovations in the earliest fungal ancestors. Laszlo G. Nagy

4:00
Comparative analysis of transcription factor families across fungal tree of life. Asaf Salamov

4:20 Break

4:40
Phylogenomics of the Zygomycete lineages: Exploring phylogeny and genome evolution. J. E. Stajich

5:00
The genome of an intranuclear parasite of amoebae provides insights into evolution of genome reduction in Rozellomycota. C. Alisha Quandt

5:20
Reduced fungal genomes of microsporidia: effects on key cellular processes. Naomi Fast

5:40
Genome analyses reveal evidence for polyploidy and recent clonal expansion in the microsporidian honey-bee pathogen Nosema ceranae. Nicolas Corradi


Friday, March 20   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Nautilus

Environmental Metagenomics
Co-chairs: Rytas Vilgalys and Cheryl Kuske

3:00
Comparative metatranscriptomics of soil fungal and bacterial communities in temperate forests and arid grasslands. Cedar N. Hesse

3:20
Metatranscriptomic analysis of ectomycorrhizal functioning in pine forest soils. Hui-Ling Liao

3:40
Turning the black box inside out: inferring the taxonomic and functional diversity of mycorrhizal fungi through the use of amplicon, metagenomic, and metatranscriptomic sequencing. Joshua R. Herr

4:00
Trancriptomics and spectroscopy provide novel insights into the mechanisms of litter decomposition by ectomycorrhizal fungi. Anders Tunlid

4:20 Break

4:40
The interactomes of competing fungi during wood decomposition succession. Daniel C. Eastwood

5:00
Specific expression of candidate effectors of the rust fungus Melampsora larici-populina during infection of its two host plants, larch and poplar. Sebastien Duplessis

5:20
Epichloë fungal endophytes and the formation of synthetic symbioses in Hordeeae (=Triticeae) grasses. Richard Johnson

5:40
Fungal-bacterial interactions are mediated by fungal lipid signaling and a common set of bacterial factors. Olga Lastovetsky


Friday, March 20   3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Scripps

Fungal Biotechnology
Co-chairs: Kazuhiro Iwashita and Randy Berka

3:00
Fungal artificial chromosomes for mining of the fungal secondary metabolome. Jin Bok

3:20
Development of a community consensus model for Aspergillus niger. Julian Brandl

3:40
Inducing sexual reproduction in the industrial fungus Aspergillus oryzae: Can the domesticated fungus get sexy again? Jun-ichi Maruyama

4:00
Codon optimization increases mRNA levels of heterologous genes in Aspergillus fungi. Katsuya Gomi

4:20 Break

4:40
Fast forward genetics to understand fungal enzyme secretion. Scott Baker

5:00
Enhancement of plant performance with synergistic endophytic plant symbionts. Gary E. Harman

5:20
High-level production of mono-component and enzyme mixtures in Myceliophthora thermophila. Cristina Llavata Peris

5:40
Enhanced Hydrolysis of Lignocellulosic Material. Kristiina Järvinen


Saturday, March 21   8:30 AM–12:00 NOON
Merrill Hall and Chapel

Plenary Session IV: Signals
Chair: Kathy Borkovich


Investigating the cell cycle control of plant infection by the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. Nick Talbot


Intercellular communication and morphogenesis in the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. Xiaorong Lin


RNA silencing in Mucor: small RNAs in development and pathogenesis. Rosa M. Ruiz-Vazquez


Interplay between self and nonself recognition mechanisms regulate chemotropic interactions and cell fusion. N. Louise Glass


Analysis of clock-regulated genes in Neurospora reveals widespread posttranscriptional control of metabolic potential. Jennifer M. Hurley


Saturday, March 21   2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Merrill Hall

Impact of Fungal Metabolism on Pathogenicity
Co-chairs: Alistair Brown and Gustavo Goldman

2:00
Fungi challenge global food security and plant ecosystem health. Sarah Gurr

2:20
What is hemibiotrophy? Metabolic and mechanistic insights from gene function studies in the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. Richard A. Wilson

2:40
The cellulase specific transcriptome of Trichoderma reesei as influenced by light, photoreceptors and CRE1. Eva Stappler

3:00
A synthetic biology approach for unveiling the ecologically-relevant secondary metabolites in phytopathogens. Yit-Heng Chooi

3:20 Break

3:40
Metabolism affects Candida albicans pathogenicity at multiple levels. Alistair Brown

4:00
Phenotypic switching in Candida albicans: towards integrating environmental inputs and cellular outputs. Iuliana Ene

4:20
Fungal bioenergetics drives human fungal pathogenicity: Focus on Aspergillus fumigatus. Robert Cramer

4:40
Fumigatin-oxide production by Aspergillus fumigatus is regulated by iron availability and temperature involving the transcription factors HapX and SrbA. Beatrix E. Lechner


Saturday, March 21   2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Chapel

Effector Biology
Co-chairs: Sophien Kamoun and Regine Kahmann

2:00
Phytophthora sojae effector Avr1b can be delivered into soybean cells by heterologous PI3P-binding proteins during infection. Qunqing Wang

2:20
The RXLR motif of the Phytophthora infestans host targeting effector AVR3a is cleaved before secretion by the pathogen. Stephan Wawra

2:40
Effector dynamics during biotrophic invasion by the rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae. Barbara Valent

3:00
An assay for entry of pathogen effectors into host cells? Libera Lo Presti

3:20 Break

3:40
An RXLR-WY effector of the Irish potato famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans antagonizes a host autophagy cargo receptor. Yasin Dagdas

4:00
Characterization of a Pyrenophora teres f. maculata mapping population uncovers the complexity of virulence in the spot form net blotch of barley interaction. Timothy L. Friesen

4:20
Effectors from the plant pathogenic Aphanomyces euteiches trigger host DNA damage. Elodie Gaulin

4:40
Fusarium Rapid ALkalinization Factor (f-ralf) encodes a secreted virulence effector acquired by horizontal gene transfer from plants. Antonio Di Pietro


Saturday, March 21   2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Fred Farr Forum

Dynamics of Genome Evolution
Co-chairs: Daniel Croll and Li-Jun Ma

2:00
Evolutionary constrains of host specificity in the smut fungus Microbotryum. Britta Bueker

2:20
Transposable elements reshaping genomes and favoring the evolutionary and adaptive potential of fungal phytopathogens. Thierry Rouxel

2:40
Genome plasticity mediated by transposable elements drives the evolution of virulence in the vascular wilt pathogen Verticillium dahliae. Michael Seidl

3:00
The origin and fate of chromosomal structural variants in fungal populations. Daniel Croll

3:20 Break

3:40
Tracing the evolutionary trajectory of drug resistance and virulence in clinical isolates of Candida albicans. Dawn Thompson

4:00
Genome dissection of a Fusarium oxysporum isolate that causes fusariosis. Yong Zhang

4:20
Sex determination in the red yeast Rhodosporidium babjevae: exploring the impact of genomic structural variation. Marco A. Coelho

4:40
Unisexual Reproduction - Climbing the Hill, Robertson Effect, without a Partner. Kevin Roach


Saturday, March 21   2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Kiln

Extremophilic Fungi
Co-chairs: Ana Plemenitas and Igor Grigoriev

2:00
Thermophilic fungi: phylogeny, genomics, and degradation of plant-derived biomass. Adrian Tsang

2:20
Thermophilic fungi for efficient plant biomass degradation. Joost van den Brink

2:40
Experimental and genomic approaches to understanding the reproductive systems of the thermophile Myceliophthora heterothallica and other members of the Chaetomiaceae. Miram I. Hutchinson

3:00
Preliminary characterization of biofuel relevant phenotypes in a natural population of Kluyveromyces marxianus for genome wide association study. Marie K. Donnelly

3:20 Break

3:40
Genome sequencing of four Aureobasidium pullulans varieties unravelled their stress tolerance, biotechnological potential, pathogenicity and enabled description of four new species. Nina Gunde-Cimerman

4:00
Stress resistance of black yeasts and microcolinal fungi: a matter of fine tuning on the proteome and transcriptome level. Katja Sterflinger

4:20
Rock-weathering fungi: a simple genetically tractable model system to study organism-material interactions. Anna A. Gorbushina

4:40
Exophiala dermatitidis as a model for investigating the stress biology of extremophile fungi. Jyothi Kumar


Saturday, March 21   2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Heather

ROS in development and pathogenicity
Co-chairs: Paul Tudzynski and Philippe Silar

2:00
The tetraspanin PLS-1 is required for NOX-1 and NOX-2 functions in cell fusion, cell growth and differentiation in the fungus Neurospora crassa. Jesus Aguirre

2:20
Interplay of MAPK and ROS signaling in chemotrophic growth of Fusarium oxysporum. Daniela Dirschnabel

2:40
Two closely related Rho GTPases, Cdc42 and RacA, have opposite roles for the ROS production and symbiotic infection of endophytic fungus Epichloë festucae. Daigo Takemoto

3:00
Investigating the role of NADPH oxidases during infection related development of the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. Lauren Ryder

3:20 Break

3:40
Roles of protective pigments in oxidative stress responses of the rock-inhabiting model fungus Knufia petricola A95. Nicole Knabe

4:00
Identification and characterization of a NADPH oxidase target in Fusarium graminearum. Salima Chatur

4:20
The NADPH oxidase complex in Botrytis cinerea - New functions, members and the potential link to essential ER functions. Robert Marschall

4:40
Two new redox signaling proteins from Podospora anserina. Philippe Silar


Saturday, March 21   2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Nautilus

Surface Growth in Filamentous Fungi and Yeast
Co-chairs: Peter Philippsen and Meritxell Riquelme

2:00
Function of the yeast exocyst complex in cell growth and division. Mary Munson

2:20
Plasma membrane and cell wall expansion in Neurospora crassa hyphae. Meritxell Riquelme

2:40
Maintenance of active directional growth by continual assembly and disassembly of polarity sites. Norio Takeshita

3:00
Functional domains of the developmental regulator FlbB mediate the tip-to-nucleus communication in Aspergillus nidulans vegetative hyphae. Oier Etxebeste

3:20 Break

3:40
Coordination between receptors, adaptors and the actin machinery at endocytic sites. Yidi Sun

4:00
Polar growth and endocytosis in Ashbya gossypii. Doris Nordmann

4:20
Depletion of the mitotic kinase Cdc5p in Candida albicans results in the formation of elongated buds that switch to the hyphal fate over time in a Ume6p-dependent manner. Catherine Bachewich

4:40
Assessing the role of exocytosis and endocytosis in fungal morphogenesis. Salomon Bartnicki-Garcia