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The International Symposium on Fungal Stress: ISFUS

Abstract

Fungi play central roles in many biological processes, influencing soil fertility, decomposition, cycling of minerals, and organic matter, plant health, and nutrition. They produce a wide spectrum of molecules, which are exploited in a range of industrial processes to manufacture foods, food preservatives, flavoring agents, and other useful biological products. Fungi can also be used as biological control agents of microbial pathogens, nematodes or insect pests, and affect plant growth, stress tolerance, and nutrient acquisition. Successful exploitation of fungi requires better understanding of the mechanisms that fungi use to cope with stress as well as the way in which they mediate stress tolerance in other organisms. It is against this backdrop that a scientific meeting on fungal stress was held in São José dos Campos, Brazil, in October 2014. The meeting, hosted by Drauzio E. N. Rangel and Alene E. Alder-Rangel, and supported by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), brought together more than 30 young, mid-career, and highly accomplished scientists from ten different countries. Here we summarize the highlights of the meeting.

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The Universidade do Vale do Paraíba in São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil hosted the International Symposium on Fungal Stress (ISFUS) in October 2014 organized by Drauzio E.N. Rangel, Alene Alder-Rangel, Luis M. Corrochano, and John E. Hallsworth  with support from São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). This Fungal Stress Responses special edition of Current Genetics was inspired by the International Symposium on Fungal Stress and invited by Stefan Hohmann, former Editor-in-Chief of Current Genetics. This work was supported by grants of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) 473104/2008-3, 478899/2010-6, PQ2 302312/2011-0, and PQ1D 308436/2014-8 for D.E.N.R. This review article was supported by a grant from São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil #2010/06374-1, 2013/50518-6 for D.E.N.R. and 2012/15204-8 for G.U.L.B. This review article was supported in part by a grant from FAPESP # 2014/01229-4. This work was also supported by European funds (European Regional Development Fund, ERDF), and the Spanish Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (BIO2012-38520) for L.M.C.

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Rangel, D.E.N., Alder-Rangel, A., Dadachova, E. et al. The International Symposium on Fungal Stress: ISFUS. Curr Genet 61, 479–487 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00294-015-0501-2

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Keywords

  • Astrobiology
  • Biofuels
  • Compatible solutes
  • Entomopathogenic fungi
  • Erythritol and mannitol
  • Acid, alkali, chaotrope, ethanol, heat, hypoxic, osmotic, and salt stress
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Trehalose
  • UV-B radiation tolerance