09:00–10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:00–10:20 Welcome and introduction
Professor Kathy Willis – Director of Science, RBG Kew, UK
Session 1: Conservation of fungi: what, why, where and how?
Chairs: Dr Martyn Ainsworth & Dr Colin Clubbe – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
10:20–10:40 Dr Anders Dahlberg – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Fungal conservation in practice – 40 years' experience from the Nordic countries
10:40–11:00 Dr Gregory Mueller – Chicago Botanic Garden, USA
Global red listing: assessing, communicating, taking action
11:00–11:20 Ms Giuliana Furci – The Fungi Foundation, Chile
Public policies for the conservation of fungi: how?
11:20–11:40 Dr Beatrice Senn-Irlet – Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland
How to reach the goal? Fungal conservation in action – a workshop report from Europe
11:40–12:00 Q&A panel discussion
Session 2: Does all plant life depend on fungi?
Chair: Dr Paula Rudall – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
13:00–13:20 Dr Francis Martin – INRA, France
The evolution of modes of nutrition in forest fungi – from wood decay to symbiosis
13:20–13:40 Dr Mary Berbee – University of British Columbia, Canada
Fungi as saprotrophs, pathogens and mutualists with the algal ancestors of land plants
13:40–14:00 Dr Martin Bidartondo – Imperial College London & Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Fungi and plants working together: from the conquest of land to the future of our forests
14:00–14:20 Professor Lynne Boddy – Cardiff University, UK
Garbage disposal agents of the natural world: the role of fungi in decomposition and nutrient cycling
14:20–14:40 Q&A panel discussion
14:40–14:50 Group photo
14:50–15:20 Refreshment break
Session 3: And have you forgotten the lichens?
Chair: Dr Ilia Leitch – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
15:20–15:40 Dr Thorsten Lumbsch – The Field Museum, Chicago, USA
Diversity of lichens: cryptic diversity and poorly known tropics in fungal and photosynthetic partners
15:40–16:00 Dr Johan Asplund – Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
How lichens impact on terrestrial community and ecosystem properties
16:00–16:20 Dr Christopher Ellis – Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK
The lichen symbiosis as a microcosm of climate change biodiversity risk
16:20–16:40 Dr Ester Gaya – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
The chemicals that shape lichen diversity: secondary metabolites and their role in lichen evolution
16:40–17:00 Q&A panel discussion
17:00–18:00 Flash poster presentations
Chair: Professor Phil Stevenson – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
18:00–19:20 Drinks reception and poster session
19:30–22:30 Symposium dinner (pre-booking required, in advance of the symposium)
Session 4: Do fungi provide a greater ecosystem service or disservice?
Chair: Dr Paul Wilkin – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
08:45–09:05 Dr Christopher Fernandez – University of Minnesota, USA
Mycorrhizal fungi and carbon sequestration in soils
09:05–09:25 Dr Rusty Rodriguez – Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies & University of Washington, USA
Plant adaptation to abiotic stress via symbiotic communication with fungal endophytes
09:25–09:45 Dr Diane G.O. Saunders - John Innes Centre, UK
Counterbalanacing biodiversity and managing crop pathogens
09:45–10:05 Dr Romina Gazis – University of Florida, USA
Tropical agriculture: a never-ending battle against fungal pathogens
10:05–10:25 Q&A panel discussion
10:25–10:55 Refreshment break
Session 5: Fungal networking – who benefits?
Chair: Dr Bill Baker – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
10:55–11:15 Professor Toby Kiers – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Tracking trade across fungal networks
11:15–11:35 Dr Laura M. Suz – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Host specificity and drivers of change of ectomycorrhizal fungi
11:35–11:55 Professor Marcel van der Heijden – Agroscope, Switzerland
Networks of power and influence: mycorrhizal fungal networks drive ecosystem functioning in natural and agricultural systems
11:55–12:15 Professor Paola Bonfante – University of Torino, Italy
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: a network of inter-kingdom interactions
12:15–12:35 Q&A panel discussion
Session 6: Panning for gold in the mould: where do we find commercial value in fungi?
Chair: Professor Monique Simmonds – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
13:25–13:45 Christine R. Fischer – Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia, Spain
Digging for black diamonds: economic and environmental benefits for promoting truffles
13:45–14:05 Dr Mikako Sasa – Novozymes A/S, Denmark
The importance of microbial diversity in the hunt for industrial enzymes
14:05–14:25 Philip Ross – MycoWorks, USA
14:25–14:45 Dr Tom Prescott – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Understanding how fungal and plant metabolites act: Can yeast give us the answers more quickly?
14:45–15:05 Q&A panel discussion
15:05–15:35 Refreshment break
Session 7: Exploring the dark taxa: when does a molecular signature become a species?
Chair: Fiona Ainsworth – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
15:35–15:55 Professor David Hibbett – Clark University, USA
Who gets to name fungi?
15:55–16:15 Professor Tim James – University of Michigan, USA
Can single cell genomics bring dark fungal taxa to light?
16:15–16:35 Dr Tuula Niskanen – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Future bottlenecks in discovering and describing the dark taxa
16:35–16:55 Professor M. Catherine Aime – Purdue University, USA
Calibrating sequences to species: a specimen-based approach for illiminating fungal dark taxa
16:55–17:15 Q&A panel discussion
17:15–17:25 Poster awards and closing remarks
Sponsored by the New Phytologist Trust & Botany One