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.
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
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
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
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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
November 19-21, 2018
National Fungal Culture Collection of India
Agharkar Research Institute, GG Agarkar Road
Pune 411004, India
November 22-24, 2018
(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
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