In celebration of Carolus Linnaeus' birthday (23 May), the SUNY-ESF International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) have released their list of the Top 10 species described in 2013. The list includes Penicillium vanoranjei, which was described here at CBS-KNAW and named in honour of King Willem-Alexander to coincide with his inauguration. Penicillium vanoranjei was chosen by an international committee of taxonomists and related experts from an approximate 18000 new species described in 2013. For more, please follow the link to the official website hosted by SUNY-ESF (http://www.esf.edu/top10/)
At the CBS symposium Genera and Genomes on April 26 2014 the Josef Adolf von Arx Award was given to Amy Rossman and Harry C. Evans. Both mycologists were honored for their long standing careers in mycology and their contribution to taxonomy and applied aspects. Jens Frisvad received the Johanna Westerdijk Award for his generous supply of IBT cultures for the CBS collection and the research collection of the Applied and Industrial Mycology group.
We are happy to announce that from the 1st of May 2014, Dr Ronald de Vries will be appointed as professor at Utrecht University for a period of five years. The special chair ‘Fungal Molecular Physiology’ will be an integral part of the research group Molecular Plant Physiology and the Institute of Environmental Biology in the Department of Biology.
Ronald joined the CBS in 2009, where he heads up the ‘Fungal Physiology’ programme, which in a relatively short time period has grown to more than 20 members of staff, including postdocs, students and technicians, which in turn has placed strain on the already limited space available in CBS. The acquisition of a new research wing for industrial mycology will accommodate Ronald’s group, as well as a new group on novel product discovery, and ML3 laboratories for the collection and medical mycology. We herewith congratulate Ronald with his appointment as professor, and wish him much success for the years to come.