FGSC Aspergillus homepage archive, 2005



December 11, 2005


A. nidulans and A. fumigatus-version 2 microarrays are now available from PFGRC! Thanks to the sponsorship of NIAID these 70-mer arrays (and test arrays for optimizing protocols) are available free.

Requests for microarray slides must be submitted through the PFGRC website at NIH:


Follow the link for "Request Process." You will be asked to submit a cv ("biosketch"), a brief research plan, resources and environment section and data agreement (basically that you agree to post your results on a publicly available database). This request process is in place to assure that arrays will be used and that requests from non-US labs have been (and will be) filled.

The next request deadline for the A. nidulans arrays is on Feb 15th.

Additional information is here:  (http://pfgrc.tigr.org/).



September 27, 2005


Third International Aspergillus Meeting. Saturday April 8, 2006. Vienna, Austria

Linked to the 8th European Conference on Fungal Genetics.


The third international Aspergillus meeting will take place as a satellite meeting to the 8th  European Conference on Fungal Genetics (ECFG) being held in Vienna, Austria from April 8-11, 2006 (http://www.ecfg.info/). The aim of the meeting is to provide a forum for researchers interested in Aspergillus species to present latest experimental results and hear about developments in the field, particularly with respect to ongoing availability of genomic resources. The meeting also provides the opportunity for postdocs and students to interact with other Aspergillus researchers.


The third Aspergillus meeting will take place during the morning and afternoon of April 8, 2006 at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna (lecture halö XX, Muthgase 18, 1190 Vienna) and will finish in time to allow attendance at the opening ceremony of ECFG8 at 7 pm. It will include sessions devoted to methodologies, genomics and proteomics, with talks from invited speakers and offered talks selected from submitted abstracts. There will also be a dedicated poster session including refreshments. Finally, there will be the prestigious ‘Pontecorvo lecture’, given by an Aspergillus researcher of international renown.


The meeting is organized by the 2005 international Aspergillus Genomics Policy Research Committee (AGPRC), with particular local meeting organisers Paul S. Dyer (University of Nottingham, UK), Michelle Momany (University of Georgia, USA) and Joseph Strauss (University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna). Updates of the scientific program of the meeting and will be provided at ---------- (WEBLINK at ECFG8). BOKU can be easily reached by public transport (near subway station U4 Heiligenstadt, see map). Travel location details are given at: http://www.ecfg.info/content/fusarium_location.php (web link).


Registration for the meeting will take place via the ECFG web page and will be done at the same time as registration for ECFG8 (http://www.ecfg.info/). The cost of registering for the third Aspergillus meeting will be 35 euros, which will include all meeting costs, materials and refreshments including breakfast and lunch. Registration and abstract deadline January 31st, 2006.


Abstracts for offered talks and posters should be submitted as e-mail attachments to:  Aspergillus@plantbio.uga.edu. Authors of abstracts chosen for oral presentation will be notified by February 24, 2006. Abstract preparation guidelines:

1. Abstracts must be written in English, ideally using Microsoft Word.

2. Abstracts must be no more than one page and no larger than 21 cm high and 14 cm wide, including figures and tables. Use Arial/Helvetica or Courier 12 pitch font, single-spaced. Do not use italic or bold. Text up to 250 words.

3. The abstract heading must include title (CAPITAL LETTERS), authors (presenting author underlined) and institution(s) including full address, phone, fax and email addresses.


If an invitation letter is required for VISA purposes, please contact Paul Dyer as soon as possible (Paul.Dyer@Nottingham.ac.uk). The meeting is kindly sponsored by the British Mycological Society (http://www.britmycolsoc.org.uk/) and the Fungal Genetics Stock Centre (http://www.fgsc.net/). For further information please contact:


Paul S. Dyer  (Paul.Dyer@Nottingham.ac.uk)

Michelle Momany (momany@plantbio.uga.edu)


The 2005 AGRPC: Michelle Momany, chair (USA, A. nidulans and A. fumigatus), Gerhard Braus (Germany, A. nidulans), Paul Dyer (UK, A. fumigatus), Michael Hynes (Australia, A. nidulans), Masayuki Machida (Japan, A. oryzae), Cees van den Hondel (Netherlands, A. niger and A. nidulans), Gustavo Goldman (Brazil, A. nidulans and A. fumigatus), Linda Lasure (USA, A. niger), Gary Payne (USA, A. flavus), ex officio: Kevin McCluskey (USA, Fungal Genetics Stock Center).






June 22, 2005


Joan Bennett (Tulane University) elected to the National Academy of Sciences!



May 25, 2005

Information about the PFGRC Aspergillus fumigatus micro arrays

The supporting data (as a powerpoint file)

Michelle Momany, PhD
Chair, Aspergillus Genome Research Policy Committee
Associate Professor
Department of Plant Biology
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (1) 706-542-2014
FAX: (1) 706-542-1805
Email: momany@plantbio.uga.edu

Aspergillus niger Annotation call from Scott Baker

All those who would like to work on annotation of the Aspergillus niger genome should send me an email(scott.baker@pnl.gov). If there is a particular gene family of interest (e.g. actin, kinases, etc), that should be included in the email so that we will be ready to move forward in an organized way and more easily coordinate with JGI when the genome is assembled. I will send out an A. niger "newsletter" with updates regarding genome sequencing progress. Those who don't want to annotate but would still like to receive the newsletter should send me an email as well. As of April JGI is in production sequencing mode for the A. niger genome and have begun construction of the cDNA libraries for EST generation.