The 2013 Fusarium Genetics Workshop was held in conjunction with the 27th Fungal Genetics Conference at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The scientific program was put together by Martijn Rep (University of Amsterdam) and Michael Freitag (Oregon State University). Site organization and co-ordination was by Anne Marie Mahoney (Genetics Society of America). Program details are available online, as is a photograph of workshop participants (taken by Peter van Dam, University of Amsterdam
The 2012 Fusarium Genetics Workshop was held at the Max-Planck-Institute in Marburg, Germany on Friday, March 30, 2012. The meeting was moderated by the meeting organizer Bettina Tudzynski. The program included three sessions: Host-Fungal Interactions (chaired by Antonio Di Pietro), Secondary Metabolism (chaired by Dr. Tudzynski) and Genomics (chaired by Corby Kistler). The notes from the meeting are available online.
The minutes from the 2011 business meeting are available online.
There has been a request to host some of the presentations from the 2011 Fusarium Workshop at Asilomar on the web. Please find them here:
The 2011 Fusarium Workshop will be held in conjunction with the 26th Fungal Genetics Conference at Asilomar. The Fusarium meeting will be held in the late morning and early afternoon of Tuesday, March 15, 2011, before the Social Reception (Mixer) of the Fungal Genetics Conference. Please make individual arrangements for housing on the night of March 14. with the Asilomar Conference Center (www.visitAsilomar.com). We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Corby Kistler and Cees Waalwijk
Registration for the
2009 Fusarium Laboratory Workshop at Kansas State University is now
Asilomar 2009: There will be an ad hoc session of the Fusarium Researchers Sunday morning, the last morning of the Fungal Genetics Conference from 9 am to noon. Organizer: Bob Proctor, Peoria, IL USA.
The Broad released the Fusarium comparative web site to enhance the comparative functions.
The Fusarium Genomes Research Group Statutes were posted on the FGSC website.
For information about Chip availability, please contact Frances Trail
The next Fusigroup meeting will be at
International Fusarium Workshop and Fusarium Genomics Workshop 2008
The USDA has updated their permit process for genetically engineered
There are a number of ways to search for Fusarium at the FGSC web-site.
The FGSC holds 531 Fusarium strains as well as gene libraries, cloned genes, transformation vectors and RFLP probes. We also have the BAC and Fosmid libraries from the Broad Institute F. graminearum genome project.
At the 24th Fungal Genetics Conference at Asilomar, the FGSC published the following:
The USDA Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) issued its Spring 2007 Stakeholder Update where they announced that they are undergoing a major revision of their how they regulate genetically engineered organisms. They say:
"BRS is undertaking a major revision of its guidance on the regulation of GE organisms. The project will update and consolidate all agency guidance related to compliance with APHISí biotechnology regulations (7 CFR 340) into a single printed publication, entitled the BRS Userís Guide. In January 2007, the first two chapters of the new BRS User's Guide were posted online. These include a chapter on document preparation guidelines, including how to handle CBI, and guidance for notifications. As BRS completes new guidance chapters they will also be placed online, until all existing guidance is replaced with new guidance. All BRS Userís Guide chapters are available athttp://www.aphis.usda.gov/brs/brs_usersguide.html"
The last time the regulations were updated was November 1996. Officially "Developers and researchers may petition APHIS to remove the regulated organism from BRS oversight, " but the petition process is geared entirely toward crop plants.
This is an important time to weigh in with your opinion about how genetically engineered plant pathogenic fungi are regulated. Registering as a BRS Stakeholder is a first step towards being better informed about this important issue. Contacting your Senator or Congress Representative is another way to be heard. You can also contact the USDA Biotechnology Regulatory Services directly.
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