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International Symposium on Fungal Biology: Advances, Applications and Conservation
45th Annual Meeting of Mycological Society of India (MSI)

November 19-21, 2018

Post Symposium Workshop : November 22-24, 2018

Organized by

National Fungal Culture Collection of India (NFCCI)

(DST- National Facility)


Final-Technical SessionXX
Poster Session

Dr.Kishore M. Paknikar


Dr. Sanjay K. Singh

Scientist 'E'

Dr. Rajeshkumar K.C.

Scientist 'D'

Dr. Abhishek Baghela

Scientist 'D'


Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) is an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. It was established in 1946 as Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS) and was registered under the Societies Registration Act. 1850. Later the Institute was renamed as ARI in 1992 to honour its founder Director, late Professor S. P. Agharkar. The current research and development activities of ARI span across major areas of life sciences. Research in mycology and plant pathology started with the founding of the Institute. Recently in recognition of mycological expertise available, DST, Government of India set up a National Facility at this Institute in 2008. An exclusive germplasm repository was established as National Fungal Culture Collection of India (NFCCI)affiliated with World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC-WDCM 932).

Apart from active research centre, NFCCI principally acts as service collection, performs basic functions as core activities, like acquisition, verification, preservation & maintenance, morphological and genetic authentication, distribution of authentic culture associated information and documentation of indigenous fungal diversity. NFCCI deposits valuable fungal cultures under general deposit category. Germplasm of fungi are being maintained following standard long-term methods, like preservation in mineral oil, glycerol, freeze drying (lyophilization) and liquid nitrogen (cryo-preservation). NFCCI currently holds about 5000 live, pure and morphologically identified indigenous fungal cultures belonging to about 260 genera of Fungi and Chromista (Phyla). Out of these, fungal genera belonging to Ascomycota occupy the highest position in number followed by Basidiomycota, Zygomycota, Glomeromycota, and Oomycota-Chromista. Fungi available in NFCCI are classified as per the current classification system of Index fungorum database. In addition, an internationally recognized Ajrekar Mycological Herbarium (AMH) is housed at this Institute that functions as reference exicatii collection of fungi and supported fungal taxonomists across the world. Laboratory is well equipped with modern facilities and research staff are well acquainted with recent trends in systematics, classification, taxonomy and multigene phylogeny being followed across the globe, and are trained in tools and techniques of mycological research and ex-situ and in-situ conservation of fungi.

Nation-wide services: With the available expertise, various services are being rendered across the nation, especially the identification of fungal cultures, herbarium specimens, and fungal pathogens associated with valuable crops on regular basis. Authentication of fungi is done as per requirement, initially by morpho-based taxonomy, and sequencing of recommended loci (multigene) and phylogenetic analysis. More than 400 academic, research institutions, hi-tech horticulture, bio-pesticide/biofertilizers and other industries are benefited from NFCCI services. Besides, authenticated fungal strains are also supplied to academia and industries. As such NFCCI services have spread in over 27 states and 3 union territories in India.

Capacity building through workshop/training: NFCCI regularly conducts workshops, certificate course and hands-on training on ‘Taxonomy, Ex- situ Conservation and Applications of Fungi’ and help in developing competence in the thrust area of mycology. The knowledge imparted through these courses/training facilitate the capacity development in basic aspects of biodiversity, systematics, conservation and industrial applications of fungi. Besides, these training/workshops are also useful for the personnel working in pharmaceutical, food, biopesticides and biofertilizer industries and quality control. In addition, awareness of various rules and regulations implemented by national agencies under the aegis of the convention on biological diversity (CBD) is also created during courses. So far, about 200 personnel from various institutions and industries across India have been trained.



Dr. Paras Nath Singh

Scientist 'C'

Mr.Subhash B Gaikwad

Tech. Officer A

Mr. Deepak Maurya

Lab Assistant C

Miss. Sneha Lad

Lab Assistant C

About The Symposium & MSI-MEET 2018

National Fungal Culture Collection of India (NFCCI) is announcing an International Symposium on Fungal Biology: Advances, Applications & Conservation in Pune, India, during 19-21 November 2018, under the aegis of 45th Annual Meeting of Mycological Society of India (MSI-MEET 2018). This international symposium is being conducted to provide a platform for researchers, educators, industrialists and young students to share, learn and exchange experiences, innovations, possibilities, and concerns in the field of basic and applied mycology. MSI-MEET 2018 would comprise an exciting program including keynote addresses, lectures sessions and poster presentations on topics related to recent advances such as fungal biodiversity, biology and conservation.Fungal research encompasses many vital areas like biodiversity, biotechnology, enzyme technology, medical mycology, agricultural biotechnology, bioremediation, food microbiology and nano-technology.

Fungi are known for centuries, but recent advances in evolutionary understandings have placed them as unique and different from other living organisms, leaving ample scope to further study biology, diversity and evolutionary lineages, from yeasts to mushrooms. Due to their indispensable ecological roles in decomposition processes, symbiotic and endophytic associations with higher plants and parasitism on plants and animals, fungi are well known. Yet, they remained cryptic, under-studied and poorly documented. Advances in sequencing technologies promise greater progress towards a better understanding of diversity, functions and phylogenetic relationships within the fungal kingdom, which all are yet inconclusive.

Though fungi have already established credentials as a promising goldmine for a variety of basic and applied researches, only less than 1% of them have received serious attention in various user sectors such as agriculture, food, health and industry. Dimensions of fungal biology are changing fast and of course they play important role in mainstream biology as model organisms. However, increased incidences of newer diseases, resistance to existing drugs and environmental concerns lead to a worrisome situation, requiring effective strategies to deal with. Similarly, on-going destruction of natural habitats and loss of diverse fungal gene pool is another challenging problem demanding strategic plan for conservation of fungal genomic resources on a sustainable basis within the defined framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Biological Resource Centres (BRCs)/ Culture Collections are required to augment legitimate demands of researchers in academia and industry.

Gaps between conventional and modern systematics of fungi are decreasing in recent years since the introduction of modern sequencing technologies. Similarly, a novel approach of proteome analysis is becoming important in the modern era of science. We are sure this international symposium would help in parleys to bridge the gap between traditional and modern mycology. To acquire and share comprehensive knowledge of fungi we invite you to join us at MSI-MEET 2018, where we will gather newer ideas by interaction with experts from academia, research institutions and industries.

Fungi do not recognize geographical boundaries and their world-wide presence demand extensive and intensive researches to understand them. MSI-MEET 2018 will be providing a common platform to scientists, research scholars, graduate students and technologists working in various aspects of fungal biology and diversity to share and update their knowledge on cutting age researches on fungi. This international symposium is an effort to create awareness and connect those working in traditional and modern mycology. Besides, the symposium will provide opportunities to interact with researchers working in different institutions including NFCCI-ARI which would help in making network and establishing a collaborative research program in the future.

A 3-day follow-up fungal workshop scheduled after the International Symposium will be an added opportunity to learn some of the most recent advances in the taxonomy of fungi and related aspects from experienced and renowned mycologists. Besides, bioinformatics tools, next-generation sequencing technology, metagenomics and proteomics of fungi would be major attractions of the workshop.
The organizer welcomes focussed presentations from participants under the following themes:
Themes of the Symposium Biodiversity, Taxonomy and Systematics of Fungi Host-Fungi Interaction Bioinformatics and Molecular Mycology Fungal Bioagents and Biofertilizers Aeromycology and Medical Mycology Food and Industrial Mycology Fungal Secondary Products Fungi and Nanotechnology Fungal Proteomics Fungal Conservation

Mycological Society of India (MSI) is a scientific body constituted for the advancement of mycology; the study of fungi including mushrooms, moulds, truffles, yeasts, lichens, plant pathogens and medicinally important fungi. The society was founded in January 1973 by a team of mycologists led by Prof. C.V. Subramanian, Former Director, Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany, University of Madras, Chennai, India and former President, International Mycological Association with a view to bring together mycologists of the country and with the broad objectives of promoting development of mycology in Botany in all the prospects and in the widest prospective. The MSI and its officers, both past and present, and members have contributed significantly in the development and improvement of Mycology since its inception at Chennai in 1973. A good number of Indian mycologist have also been active in presenting papers, creating collaborations, and even actively participating in the affairs of several international associations. One of the objectives of the MSI is to establish, maintain and strengthen partnerships and linkages with institutions and organizations within India and abroad for the welfare and benefit of mycologists. At present, there are more than 400 life members in the society.
Journal “KAVAKA” the official Transactions of the Mycological Society of India (the word 'Kavaka' represents the Sanskrit word for fungus) publishes original articles and reviews on all aspects of mycology including conventional and molecular taxonomy, phylogeny, diversity, ecology physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology. Till now 49 volumes of Kavaka have been published. The Mycological Society of India each year sought applications from prospective candidates to be elected as fellow of the Mycological Society of India (FMSI) and through a review process. Every year, the Mycological Society of India organizes Annual Meeting along with conference with Universities and Scientific Organizations in various parts of India. Till now 44 Annual Meetings have been conducted throughout the country for spreading scientific knowledge.
The Mycological Society of India has constituted various awards including Life time Achievement Award, Memorial Lectures Awards and Young Scientist Awards which are given every year during the Annual Meeting along with the Conference. The awardees deliver lecture in the conference. For more details and membership form visit website: www.fungiindia.co.in & www.kavaka.fungiindia.co.in

Awards & Memorial Lectures

  • Life Time Achievement Award [by MSI]
  • Dr. V. Agnihothrudu Memorial Lecture Award [by MSI]
  • Prof. K. Natarajan Memorial Lecture Award [by MSI]
  • Dr. S.K. Shome Memorial Lecture Award [by MSI]
  • Prof. C.V. Subramanian Memorial Lecture Award for Women Scientists [by MSI]
  • Dr. M.J. Thirumalachar Merit Awards for Young Scientists [by MSI]
  • Prof. M.N. Kamat Merit Awards for Young Scientists [by NFCCI-ARI]
  • Prof. Kamal Merit Awards for Young Scientists [by NFCCI-ARI]

Terms & Conditions for Awards and Memorial Lectures

  • All memorial and award lectures will be delivered during the symposium.
  • Young researchers/students (not exceeding 40 years of age) engaged in mycological research are eligible for awards. A committee constituted by the MSI will screen the applicants for the best poster and oral presentation award.
  • Awards for oral and poster presentations will be given separately.
  • Prof. M.N. Kamat Merit Awards: Preference would be given to quality work on biphasic taxonomy of fungi along with other applied aspects of biology, biocontrol of diseases and pests of economically important crops/horticultural crops/mycopesticides.
  • Prof. Kamal Merit Awards: Preference would be given to quality work on bi-to-polyphasic taxonomy of fungi.
  • Each Young Scientists Awards will carry a cash prize and certificate.

Office bearers of MSI (2018)

Prof. K.R. Sridhar


Dr. S. K. Deshmukh

Past President

Prof. M. Kalaiselvam


Prof. N. Raaman


Prof. M. S. Reddy


Prof. N. S. Atri


Prof. J. Savitha

Editor, KAVAKA

Prof. Naveen Kango

Editor, KAVAKA

Dr. Avneet Pal Singh

Managing Editor


website : www.fungiindia.co.in & www.kavaka.fungiindia.co.in

Advisory Committee

Dr. M.C. Srinivasan, Pune
Prof. D.J. Bagyaraj, Bangalore
Prof. C. Manoharachary, Hyderabad
Prof. B.P.R. Vittal, Chennai
Prof. Kamal, Gorakhpur
Prof. T.N. Lakhanpal, Shimla
Prof. D.J. Bhat, Panaji
Dr. S. Raghukumar, Panaji
Prof. G. Bagyanarayana, Hyderabad
Prof. B.N. Johri, Bhopal
Dr. J.K. Misra, Lucknow
Dr. T.S. Suryanarayana, Chennai
Dr. R.C. Upadhyay, Ahmedabad
Prof. R.G. Bagool, Mumbai
Prof. T. Satyanarayana, New Delhi
Dr. M.V. Deshpande, Pune
Dr. A.B. Singh, New Delhi
Prof. Arunaloke Chakrabarti, Chandigarh
Prof. K.R. Aneja, Kurukshetra

Dr. P.K. Chakrabarty, New Delhi
Dr. R.K. Verma, Jabalpur
Prof. Prasun K. Mukherjee, Mumbai
Prof. Ramesh Chand, Varanasi
Prof. G.S. Prasad, Hyderabad
Prof. Absar Ahmad, Aligarh
Prof. Geeta Sumbali, Jammu
Dr. Sushil Kumar Sharma, Mau
Prof. Rupam Kapoor, New Delhi
Dr. T. Prameela Devi, New Delhi
Prof. R.N. Kharwar, Varanasi
Prof. Yash Pal Sharma, Jammu
Prof. V.V. Sarma, Puducherry
Prof. S.M. Singh, Varanasi
Dr. Syed Riyaz-Ul-Hassan, Jammu
Dr. Kanad Das, Kolkata
Dr. Samir Damare, Panaji
Prof. Krishnendu Acharya, Kolkata
Dr. Dilip Hande, Amravati
Dr. Pankaj Baiswar, Meghalaya

Organizing Committee

Patron : Dr. D.R. Bapat, President, Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science, Pune, Maharashtra

Chairman : Dr. K.M. Paknikar, Director, MACS' Agharkar Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra

Organizing Secretary : Dr. S.K. Singh, Scientist & Coordinator, NFCCI, Pune, Maharashtra


Dr. B.C. Behera, Pune
Dr. P.N. Singh, Pune
Dr. Rajeshkumar K.C., Pune
Dr. Abhishek Baghela, Pune

Dr. Mahesh Dharne, Pune
Dr. Rashmi Dubey, Pune
Dr. Rohit Sharma, Pune
Dr. Mahesh Borde, Pune

Dr. G.K. Wagh, Pune
Mrs. Smita Ashtaputre, Pune
Mr. Abdul Rahman, Pune


Registration Fee for Foreign Participants (other than SAARC Countries)

Category Until 30th September 2018 (INR) After 30th September 2018 (INR) Spot Registration (19th Nov. 2018, INR)
Delegate/Faculty 9500 10500 11000
Research scholar 7500 8500 9000
Accompanying person 5500 6500 Not Allowed

Note : Above mentioned registration fee includes Goods & Service Tax @18%

Registration Fee for Participants of SAARC Countries (including India)

Category Until 30th September 2018 (INR) After 30th September 2018 (INR) Spot Registration (19th Nov. 2018, INR)
Delegate/Faculty 6500 7000 9500
MSI member 5000 5500 7500
Research scholar 3500 4000 6000
Accompanying person 3000 3500 Not Allowed

Note: Above mentioned registration fee includes Goods & Service Tax @18%

Workshop [No. of Seats 30]

Registration Fee for Participants of SAARC Countries
(including India)

Category Until 30 September 2018 (INR) After 30 September 2018 (INR) Spot Registration (19 Nov. 2018, INR)
Delegate/Faculty 6000 7500 9500
MSI member 5000 6500 7500
Research scholar 4000 4500 6000
Accompanying person 3500 3500 Not Allowed

Note: Above mentioned registration fee includes Goods & Service Tax @18

The registered participants of the International Symposium will be eligible to apply for the workshop on first cum first serve basis.
Registration Fee for International Symposium (19-21 Nov.2018) Includes:
Registration Fee for Workshop (22-24 Nov.2018) Includes:
Payment Options :
Registration :

It is advised to make online payment of registration fee (s), before making online registration. However, after making successful remittance of registration fee (s), transaction receipt need be sent to msimeet2018@gmail.com.

VISA Requirement :

Delegates from foreign countries may contact organizing secretary for documents required to avail the VISA (email: sksingh@aripune.org )

Excursion :

The organizer will assist desirous participants in visiting tourist attractions around Pune, viz. Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, Mumbai and Shirdi by affordable transport. Delegates must confirm a month in advance.


Accommodation would be arranged to registered delegates at nearby comfortable hotels/guest houses. The tariffs in Pune vary from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 5000/- per person per day for delegates. For students reasonable/cheaper/dormitory type accommodation would be arranged, the tariff may vary from Rs. 400 to Rs. 1500/- per person per day on sharing basis. The organizers would assist in securing accommodation for delegates and accompanying persons (non-delegates), if requests are made along with the registration form, well in advance.

Information and Reservation :

Venue for this International symposium is MDC Auditorium (YASHADA-Yashwantrao Chavan Academy for Development Administration), Raj Bhavan Complex, Baner Road, Near Pune University, Pune, India. Click to visit online map: https://goo.gl/maps/ThSBkWZxG3m Click to download PDF map: Area map Yashada, Baner Road, Pune. It is advised to book your accommodation directly at hotels/guest houses near YASHADA which is connected to: Baner Road, Pune University, Shivaji Nagar, Senapati Bapat Road, Aundh, JM Road, FC Road, Pashan and is approachable within 20 minutes. Following online hotel reservation sites may be referred : www.oyorooms.com, www.yatra.com, www.goibibo.com, www.cleartrip.com and reserve the rooms directly with them.

For MDC (YASHADA) On-campus Accommodation Booking:

MDC Single occupancy room: Rs. 3500/- per day plus GST@18%
MDC Double occupancy room: Rs. 4400/- per day plus GST@18%

Contact: In case you need any advice/guidance regarding accommodation, please email to: msimeet2018@gmail.com

venue information

International Symposium on Fungal Biology: Advances, Applications & Conservation and 45th Annual Meeting of Mycological Society of India


Raj Bhavan Complex, Baner Road, Armament Colony, Ganeshkhind, Pune, Maharashtra 411007




(International Symposium)
November 19-21, 2018

Post Conference Workshop :


National Fungal Culture Collection of India
Agharkar Research Institute, GG Agarkar Road
Pune 411004, India


November 22-24, 2018









Contact Us

(Cell)+919552709158 / +919423239056

Telephone : +91-20- 25325103

FAX : 91-20-25651542

All correspondence regarding International Symposium and Workshop should be addressed to:
Dr. Sanjay K. Singh, Organizing Secretary,
National Fungal Culture Collection of India (NFCCI) Biodiversity and Palaeobiology Group, Agharkar Research Institute, Pune 411 004, Maharashtra, India