Archived material.  As of August 2002, Trond Schumacher [<> or <>] became president of IMA

Meredith Blackwell, Department of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Prepared 9 February 2000

The International Mycological Association (IMA), founded in 1971, represents the interests of 20,000 mycologists worldwide. It is a non profit making organization, the purpose of which is the encouragement of mycology in all its branches. The International Mycological Association constitutes the Section for General Mycology of the International Union of Biological Societies (IUBS), the primary biological component of the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU).  The IMA is managed by its officers and Executive Committee who are elected by the General Assembly of delegates at each Congress.

Important activities of the IMA are sponsorship of International Mycological Congresses, representation of mycological interests at an international level, and encouragement of liaison with and development of national, regional, and international bodies that have mycological interests. Toward these aims a web site is maintained and other activities are pursued.

The IMA web site <> receives 5-10 hits a day, mostly from North America, Europe, and Asia, and very few from Africa.  We provide web site printouts on request.

The Sixth International Mycological Congress was held in Jerusalem, Israel, 23-29 August 1998.  The meeting, organized by Prof. Margalith Galun, attracted about 700 participants from 53 countries:

Number of delegates by country
Argentina 1
Australia 11
Austria 9
Barbados 1
Belgium 4
Brazil 8
Bulgaria 1
Canada 12
Chile 1
China 6
Colombia 3
Czech Republic 6
Denmark 15
Finland 1
France 23
Germany 57
Greece 1
Hungary 11
India 2
Ireland 1
Israel  143
Italy 16
Japan 29
Kazakhstan 2
Kenya 1
Latvia 1
Lithuania 1
Mexico 6
Netherlands 25
New Zealand 8
Nigeria 1
Palestinian Authority 1
Peru 1
Poland 7
Portugal  2
Romania 4
Russia 7
Singapore 1
Slovak Republic 7
Slovenia 5
South Korea 3
Spain 7
Scotland 1
Sweden 10
Switzerland 8
Taiwan 9
Turkey  8
Ukraine 1
United Kingdom 57
USA 99
Zimbabwe 1
South Africa 9

IMA encourages its four regional committees to hold additional meetings in the interim periods between International Mycological Congresses. These are the African, Asian, European, and Latin American Committees.  IMA participates in the activities of the regional committees whenever possible by sending officer representatives and providing meeting seed money grants of $1000 to committees that need the support.  In addition to seed grants to the European and Latin American Committees in the period since the Jerusalem Congress (1998), a second African meeting on biotechnology has been supported:
A new society, the Mycological Society to the Philippines, was welcomed by the mycological world in April 1999, and the their first newsletter has been received recently. The first president is Dr. Tricita H. Quimio, Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Laguna, PHILIPPINES, Fax: 063-49-536-3534

22 February 1999
To the mycologists of the Mycological Society of the Philippines:

As a representative of the world-wide mycological community, I am pleased to greet you on the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the Mycological Society of the Philippines.  Mycologists throughout the world will watch the development of your infant society over the next few years, and we will see rapid growth, because, although the society may be young, mycologists of the Philippines have been active for many years.  Early in my career I had contact with two Philippine women, both of whom were interested in Myxomycetes.  I remember them as the first mycologists I knew of from outside the United States. One woman had spent time studying with my major professor, Constantine J. Alexopoulos, during a sabbatical leave, and the second was a student who received a Master’s degree with him.  Her research provided evidence that the average size of the spores of Physarum nicaraguense could vary depending upon the growth substrate. Thus, the basic concept of substrate influence on the growth habit of slime molds (and fungi), was introduced to me by a Philippine mycologist!

One of the stated goals of the MSP, the discovery of “the missing fungi,” is of broad interest to mycologists throughout the world, and one which only Philippine mycologists can accomplish fully. You are fortunate in having localities with many substrates and hosts to provide a diverse mycota, but a more important factor that will contribute to your success in biodiversity studies is that you live among the fungi that await discovery.  You can search their habitats day after day in order to discover ephemeral sporocarps before they are rotted by other fungi and bacteria or eaten by animals; you are on the spot to study their biology in the field and to attempt to culture them, especially the difficult ones that require many attempts before growth is seen in a culture dish. Intimate knowledge comes from repeated observation that is possible only when one resides in the fungal localities. We look forward to the results of your studies and offer our support.

The International Mycological Association congratulates the Mycological Society of the Philippines and has broadcast this message on the IMA web site (!

With best wishes,
Meredith Blackwell
International Mycological Association

In 1999 the La Asociación Latinoamericana de Micología (ALM) (Latin American Association for Mycology), an outgrowth of the Committee for Latin America strengthened its hemisphere ties by signing a General Agreement for joint research initiatives, exchange of scientific personnel and scientific and teaching materials, participation in meetings and other scientific exchanges with the Mycological Society of America.  In keeping with the agreement, US and Latin American mycologists participated in a workshop preceding the La Asociación Latinoamericana de Micología (ALM) Congress held in September 1999 at Universidad Simon Bolivar and Rancho Grande at Henry Pittier National Park <>.  ALM continues to maintain an excellent searchable bilingual website.

Plans are underway to hold the Seventh International Mycological Congress on the campus of the University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway,12-18 August 2002.  A call for symposia has been made on the congress web site <> and in advertisements placed with mycological societies worldwide.  The organizing committee consists of:
Chair: Prof. Leif Ryvarden
Prof. Trond Schumacher (scientific programme, social events)
Prof. Klaus Høiland (forays, excursions)
Curator Gro Gulden (exhibitions)
Curator Anna Elise Torkelsen (exhibitions)
Prof. Geir Hestmark (scientific programme)
Assoc. prof. Einar Timdal (committee member)
Research scientist Dr. Arne Holst-Jensen (website)
assisted by Ph.D. student Trude Vrålstad (website)
Nils Hallenberg (IMA executive committee member) 
In addition to dues of individual members collected at congresses, financial support also comes from sustaining and affiliated societies:

•British Mycological Society. Dr. S. T. Moss, General Secretary, School of Biological     Sciences, The University of Portsmouth, King Henry Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth POl 2D, United Kingdom.
•German Mycological Society. Mr. Peter Dobbitsch, Schatzmeister, Rathausstrasse 16, D-78594 Gunningen, Germany.
•Korean Society of Mycology. Dr. Lee Sang Sun, Secretary, Department of Agrobiology, College of Agriculture, Dongguk University, Seoul 100-715, Republic of Korea.
•Mycological Society of America. Marin Klich, Secretary, USDA, ARS, SRRC, 1100 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70124, USA.
•Mycological Society of Japan. Prof. Dr. Tsutomu Morinaga, Hiroshima Prefectural University, School of Bioresources, 562 Nanatsuka-cho, Shoubara-city, Hiroshima-ken 727-0023, Japan.
•Mycological Society of the Republic of China. Dr. Jin-Torng Peng, Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, Deptartment of Plant Pathology, 189 Chung Cheng Rd., Wufeng, Taichung Hsieng 41301, Taiwan, Republic of China.
•Netherlands Mycological Society. Drs. M. Veerkamp, Secretary, Biological Station, Kampsweg 27, NL 9418 D Wijster, The Netherlands.

•British Lichen Society. Dr. O. W. Purvis, Deptartment of Botany, The National History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom.
•International Society for Mushroom Science. Dr. K. S. Burton, Executive Secretary, Horticultural Research Institute, Wellesbourne, Warwick CV35 9EF , United Kingdom.
•Mycological Society of Finland. Suomen Sieniseura Ry, Unioninkatu 44, 00170 Helsinki 17, Finland.
•Societa Veneziana de Micologia. Mr. Giovanni Robich, Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Via S. Croce 1730, I-30100 Venezia, Italy.
•South African Society for Plant Pathology. Dr. J. F. Fourie, Fruit and Fruit Technology Research Institute, Private Bag X5013, Stellenbosch 7600, Republic of South Africa.
•Unione Micologico Italiana. Prof. Dr. G. Govi, Centro di Micologia, Universita di Bologna, Via Filippo Re 8, I-40126 Bologna, Italy.
•Czech Scientific Society of Mycology. Dr. Ludmila Marvanova, Czech Collection of Microorganisms (CCM), Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Tvdr*ho 14, 602 00, Brno, Czech Republic.
•Associacione Micologica G. Bresadola. Museo di Scienze Naturali, Via Calepina 14, I-38100 Trento, Italia.

The officers and executive commitee members were elected by the IMA General Assembly at Jerusalem, Israel, 28 August 1998, and will serve through the Oslo Congress (12-18 August 2002).
Meredith Blackwell
Department of Biological Sciences
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA, USA 70803
Phone: 225-388-8551 or -8485 Fax: 225-388-8459
Franz Oberwinkler 
Chair of Special Botany and Mycology 
Director of the Botanical Garden 
Institute of Botany, Rm 107 
University of Tübingen
James B. Anderson
Department of Botany
Erindale Campus
Univsity of Toronto
Mississauga, ON, CANADA L5L 1C6
Phone: 416-828-5362 Fax: 416-828-3792
Nils Hallenberg
Departemnt of Systematic Botany
University of Goteborg
Box 461
Goteborg, SWEDEN SE-405 30
Phone: 46-31-7732659 Fax: 46-31-7732677

Geoffrey C. Ainsworth (UK)
(Died 25 October 1998)
Position currently vacant


Karl Esser
Allgemeine Botanik
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
D-44780 Bochum
Phone: +49-234-32-22211
Fax: +49-234-32-14211
David L. Hawksworth
114 Finchley Lane
Hendon,London,NW4 1DG
United Kingdom
Phone/Fax: 44 181 203 4282
John Webster
12 Countess Wear Road
Exeter  EX2 6LG
Tel: +44 1392 279448 Fax: +44 1392 264668

Cletus P. Kurtzman
Microbial Properties Research
1815 N. University Street
Peoria, IL 61604-3999  USA
Phone: 309-681-6561 Fax: (309) 681-6672
Anxious J. Masuka
Kutsaga Research Company (Pvt) Ltd.
Airport Ring Road
PO Box 1909,
Harare, Zimbabwe
Phone: 263-46879-9
Leif Ryvarden
Department of Botany, Univ. of Oslo
P.O. Box 1045, Blindern
N-0316 Oslo, NORWAY
Phone: 47-22 85 46 23 Fax: 47-22 85 67 17


Junta Sugiyama
Prof. Emeritus
Department of Botany
The University Museum
The University of Tokyo
3-1 Hongo 7 chrome
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113 -0033

Régis Courtecuisse
Département de Botanique
Faculté des Sciences Pharmaceutiques et Biologiques,
Université de Lille II. B.P. 83
F-59006 Lille Cedex, France.
Peter R. Johnston
Landcare Research, Herbarium PDD
Private Bag 92170
Phone: +64 9 815 4200 (ext 7307) Fax: 64-9-8497093
Pavel Lizon
Department of Plant Systematics
Institute of Botany
D.bravsk. 14
SK-842 23 Bratislava
Akira Nakagiri
Institute for Fermentation, Osaka (IFO)
17-85, Juso-honmachi 2-chome, Yodogawa-ku,
Osaka 532-8686  JAPAN
Phone +81-6-300-6555  Fax +81-6-300-6814
Pier Luigi Nimis
Department of Biology
University of Trieste
Via Giorgieri 10
34127 Trieste
Phone: +39 40 676 3885, fax: 568855
Mario Rajchenberg
Protection Department
Centro de Investigacisn y Extensisn Forestal Andino
C.C. 14
9200 ESQUEL, Chubut
Phone/Fax: +54-945-53948
Soren Rosendahl
Department of Mycology
University of Copenhagen
Oster Farimagsgade 2D
DK-1353 Copenhagen K
Phone: 45 353-22314   fax: 45 353-22321
Gioconda San Blas
Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cient'ficas (IVIC)
Centro de Microbiologia y Biologia Celular
Laboratorio de Micologia
Apartado Postal 21827
Caracas 1020A, Venezuela
Brian Spooner
Mycology Dept., Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond,
Surrey TW9 3AE,
United Kingdom
Tel.: 0181 332 5256
Fax: 0181 332 5284
Brett A. Summerell
Royal Botanic Gardens
Mrs MacQuaries Rd
Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: + 61 2 9231 8189
Fax: + 61 2 9241 1135
John W. Taylor
Dept. Plant & Microbial Biology, 111 Koshland Hall
Univ. California
Berkeley, CA, USA 94720-3102
Tel: 510-642-5366 Fax: 510-642-4995


Wen-ying Zhuang
Systematic Mycology and Lichenology Laboratory (SMLL)
Institute of Microbiology
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing 100080
Tel: 0086-010-62555692
Fax: 0086-010-62560912

13 February 2000
Meredith Blackwell