Barcoding of Medical Fungi

The ISHAM working group on "Barcoding medical Fungi" had its successful first meeting at TIMM 5 in Valencia on the 3. October 2011 with more than 40 people attending the special session. The symposium followed on a - Meet the expert session: Molecular identification by barcoding - in the morning of the same day in which Teun Boekhout (CBS) and Arun Balajee (CDC) gave an introduction to DNA barcoding.and the molecular methods which may take advantage of the barcodes fro fungal identification . The afternoon session focused more specifically on DNA barcoding of pathogenic fungi contained 5 talks reaching from the basics of DNA barcoding, the advances made till today, to the use of sequencing in a mycology reference laboratory, the usefulness of the currently used genetic loci and the future of sequence independent identification using MALDI-TOF. The abstracts and the pdf files of all 5 talks are place on the ISHAM website under the Barcoding of Medical fungi heading. The present researchers concluded that the next step for DNA barcoding of pathogenic fungi would be the establishment of a unified ITS sequence database using BioloMICS as a basis. The next meeting of the ISHAM working group on "Barcoding of medical Fungi" will be organized at the ISHAM meeting in Berlin in 2012, which wil be organizzed by Wieland Meyer and Sybren de Hoog. If you are interested to actively participate in this working group pease contact either Wieland Meyer ( or Sybren de Hoog (


April 22-23 2014

Barcoding Masterclass

Organised by the ISHAM Working Group Medical Barcoding
Venue: CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Organisers: Wieland Meyer and Sybren de Hoog
Registration: free

n April 22 and 23, 2013 a special type of workshop on Fungal Barcoding will be organized. A set of model strains of two species (complexes) has been sent out to potential speakers who will present their methods, with hypotheses, limitations, calibrations, pitfalls etc. using to this same set of strains. With this innovative approach we plan to devote an entire day to state-of-the-art methodologies in mycology. The methods presented are highly diverse and include phylogeny, immunology, virulence factors, antifungal susceptibility, several types of animal models, and others. The second workshop day will be available for free communications.

The workshop takes place directly after Eastern, and in the middle of the tulip season in The Netherlands. It is therefore recommended not to wait too long with booking your flight and hotel. The workshop is free of charge and you will get free dinners in the historical centre of Utrecht, but we will be unable to sponsor hotels and flight tickets. Registration before 20 April is compulsory; for on-site registration and no-show €100,- will be charged; click the registration button. Abstract submission deadline is 1 April 2014.

Hotel accommodation Utrecht


Weather and dress
Early March is still Winter in The Netherlands. The average temperature is only a few degrees above zero, with rather short daylight, and often it is quite wet. A thick sweater, raincoat and umbrella are recommended.


Delegates agree that the Workshop organization is not responsible for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. The organizers cannot assume liability for changes in the program due to external circumstances.


Letter of invitation
Applications for a letter of invitation should be sent to the Organizing committee. Letters will only be sent by e-mail. It should be understood that the letter is only to help delegates to raise travel funds or to obtain visa, and is not a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support.