Ecology, evolution and phylogeny


Adaptations to extreme environments


Pathogenic potential of black yeasts


Novel techniques for the study of black yeasts

Scientific Programme

Please note that the final programme is available here!!



The meeting will cover various aspects of black fungi, including:

- Ecology, evolution and phylogeny

- Adaptations to extreme environments

- Pathogenic potential of black yeasts

- Novel techniques for the study of black yeasts

As a result of the meeting we aim to publish 10-12 selected papers in a special issue of Fungal Biology (previously Mycological Research).


In addition to other electronic equipment, a computer with an LCD projector will be provided (both with 16:9 image, the projector is HD capable).

The following software will be available: MS Windows 7 Professional, MS Office 2007 SP2, VLC player (1.0.5), Adobe Acrobat Reader (9.3). If you are using Apple Keynote you are kindly asked to save the presentation in ppt format or bring your own laptop that can be plugged in the available projector.


A preliminary programme

(subjected to changes)


Theme 1: Ecology, evolution and phylogeny

Ecology: The weird habitats of black yeasts:

Sybren de Hoog: Main ecological trends in three orders of black yeasts and relatives.

Daniela Isola, Laura Selbmann, Sybren de Hoog, Laura Zucconi and Silvano Onofri: A worldwide sampling of rock fungi.

Black yeasts in microbial mats of salterns.

Magnesium-tolerant fungi from the bitterns.

Francesc Prenafeta-Boldu, Derlene Attili, Katja Sterflinger: Presentations on black yeasts association with hydrocarbon pollution.

Black yeasts tolerate extremely high temperatures.

Polona Zalar, Nina Gunde-Cimerman: Exophiala dermatitidis.

Lian Xin, Sybren de Hoog: Black yeasts in your bathroom.

Martin Grube, Walter Buzina: Acidotolerant black yeasts.

Andrzej Chlebicki, Urszula Zielenkiewicz: Early phase of 'coexistence' of fungi and bacteria in biofilm on rock wall in subterranean arsen mine.

Nina Gunde-Cimerman, Cene Gostinčar, Polona Zalar: Black yeasts in glaciers.

Rumsas Blatrix, Hermann Voglmayr, Marc-Andre Selosse, Konrad Dettner, Fernando Carlos Pagnocca: The symbiotic relationship between ants, plants and Chaetothyriales.

Hermann Voglmayr, Veronika Mayer, Rumsas Blatrix: Biodiversity of Chaetothyriales in recently discovered symbiotic tropical ant-fungus associations.


Phylogeny: Where do they come from, and where do they go?

Cene Gostinčar, Martin Grube, Sybren de Hoog, Polona Zalar, Nina Gunde - Cimerman: Fungal evolution on the edge.

Millions of years without sex and still happy.

Marie Machouart, Kittipan Samerpitak: The Ochroconiales: new order, new genera.

Cecile Gueidan, Martin Grube, Tino Ruibal, Laura Selbmann: The origin of pathogenic and hyperparasitic Chaetothyriales.

Bert Gerrits van den Ende, Montarop Sudhadham, Jiufeng Sun: Positive selection of Exophiala dermatitidis genotype A in human environment.

There will be room for short introductions of your ecological study object.


Theme 2: Adaptations to extreme environments

Melanin synthesis in Hortaea werneckii.

Kate Dadachova, Arturo Casadevall: Ionizing radiation changes melanin and enhances growth.

Overview of molecular adaptations to hypersaline environments in halophilic Hortaea werneckii.

Metka Lenassi: NAD+dependent glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase proteins have distinct roles in adaptation to hypersaline environments in halophilic Hortaea werneckii.

Martin Fettich: The HOG pathway - HwSHO1 genes in Hortaea werneckii.

Silvano Onofri, Laura Selbmann, Kasturi Venkateswaran, Giuliano Scalzi, Laura Zucconi: Black fungi in space.

Theme 3: Pathogenic potential of black yeasts

Pathology: Diseases caused by black yeasts:

Vania Vicente, Walter Boeger: Causative  agents of Lethargic Crab Disease (LCD) in  mangrove land crab Ucides cordatus (Ocypodidae).

Amir Mussavi, Vania Vicente, Javad Najafzadeh, Sybren de Hoog: The pathogenic potential of waterborne black yeasts.

Wendy van de Sande, Hamid Badali: Subcutaneous infections.

Ditte Saunte Linhardt: Black fungi on the skin.

Javad Najafzadeh, Hamid Badali: Clinical aspects and epidemiology of chromoblastomycosis.

Vania Vicente: Environmental origin of chromoblastomycosis.

Enrique Calvo: An animal model for chromoblastomycosis.

Gerhard Haase: Cystic fibrosis.

Sybren de Hoog, Cecile Gueidan: Primary cerebral abscess.

There will be room for some case presentations.


Theme 4: Novel techniques for the study of black yeasts

Francesc Prenafeta-Boldu: An overview of isolation methods.

Isola D, Marzban; G, Sterflinger K.: Protein profiling of micrococolonial fungi: methods and first results.

Salt-induced change in cell wall protein population of  halophilic Hortaea werneckii.Vania Vicente: Isolation of agents of chromoblastomycosis.

Black yeasts as model organisms for nano-toxicology

Javad Najafzadeh, Jiufeng Sun: Novel detection methods: LAMP, RCA.

Gerhard Haase: The use of secondary structures in the barcoding of black yeasts.

Marie Machouart: The use of introns in population dynamics.

Hamid Badali: AFLP population genetics in Cladophialophora.

Domen Jaklič, Nina Gunde-Cimerman, Hamid Badali: Antimycotic activity of an excretion of Lucilia sericata larvae.

Kristina Sepčić, Nina Gunde - Cimerman: Production of bioactive metabolites by black yeasts.

There will be room to briefly introduce further techniques.


The final programme will be announced in the future.


Drinks and light refreshments will be served during coffee breaks. Lunch will be served in the hotel building.