Population Genomics of Fungal and Oomycete Diseases of Animals and Plants

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7-11 May 2017

Monte Verità Conference Center,
Ascona, Switzerland

Conference delegates will register and attend a welcoming apero during the late afternoon and early evening on 7 May.  The meeting will finish after lunch (~13:00) on 11 May.

Conference overview

The population genomics of emerging fungal and oomycete pathogens is a dynamic and rapidly growing area of research. New datasets, new sequencing methodologies and new analytical methods are enabling a deeper understanding of the evolutionary processes driving the emergence of fungal and oomycete pathogens. This conference aims to enrich our understanding of the processes driving the evolution of plant, animal and human pathogens, with an over-riding goal of identifying the genomic changes responsible for adaptation to novel hosts and environments. A secondary goal will be to determine how the relevant genes (and their underlying functions) vary along ecological/agronomic gradients associated with host specialization, including quantitative adaptation to host resistance. Another important goal is to facilitate networking of key scientists working on fungal and oomycete diseases of plants, animals and humans. The conference will be oriented around genome-based approaches, including; 1) using population genomics to understand pathogen emergence and host specialization, 2) using genome-wide association studies to identify key genes and genomic regions associated with pathogen local adaptation, 3) using population genomics to understand pathogen divergence/speciation, 4) developing new analytical methods for population genomic analyses.

Confirmed speakers include

Daniel Croll (University of Neuchatel, Switzerland)
Barbara Dunn (Stanford University, USA)
Matthew Fisher (Imperial College London, UK)
Tatiana Giraud (CNRS-Université Paris Sud, France)
Pierre Gladieux (INRA BGPI, France)
Michael Hood (Amherst College, USA)
Hanna Johannesson  (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Sophien Kamoun (The Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Center, UK)
Anna-Liisa Laine (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Gianni Liti (IRCAN, France)
Bruce McDonald (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Joseph Spatafora (Oregon State University, USA)
Jason Stajich (University of California Riverside, USA)
John Taylor (University of California Berkeley, USA)

Conference Schedule

This is the link to the PDF-version (PDF, 54 KB) of the program in detail

Time Program
Sunday 7 May   Arrival, registration, dinner, socializing, no talks
16:00 - 18:00 Registration, pick up a name tag and a conference program
18:30 - 19:00 Welcome drink on terrace
19:00 - 21:00 Dinner
Monday 8 May
08:00 - 08:15 Lorenzo Sonognini and Chiara Cometta:  The history of Monte Verita.
08:15 - 08:30 Bruce McDonald: Welcoming introductory remarks
Session 1:  Comparative genomics and structural variation
08.30 – 09.15 Sophien Kamoun: The two-speed genomes of filamentous pathogens: from fundamental concepts to practical considerations.
09.15 – 09.45 Jan Stenlid: Comparative genomics of Heterobasidion spp. show pathogenicity to be related to genomic regions with high density of transposable elements.
09.45 – 10.00 Christopher Hann-Soden: Phylogenomic comparisons reveal a link between clonality and genomic rearrangements.
10.00 – 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 11.00 Sandra Lorena Ament-Velásquez: A battle of meiotic drivers: Evolutionary genomics of Spore Killing in Podospora anserina.
11.00 – 11.30 Inger Skrede: Evolutionary necessities for invading buildings, comparative and population genomic analyses in the dry rot fungus, Serpula lacrymans.
11.30 – 12.00 Fantin Carpentier: Evolution of mating type chromosomes in Basidiomycete fungi.
12.00 – 12.15 Remco Stam: Using population genomics to understand NLR evolution in wild tomato.
12.15 – 12.30 Scheduled break
12.30 – 14.00 Leisurely lunch
Session 2: Population genomics – variation and local adaptation
14.00 14.45 Michael Hood: Low host specificity reveals sympatry and chromosomal incompatibilities in anther smut fungi.
14.45 – 15.30 Barbara Dunn: A comprehensive genotype-fitness map of adaptation-driving mutations in yeast.
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 16.45 Matt Fisher: A plague on frogs.
16.45 – 17.15 Richard Hamelin: Genome evolution of asexual lineages of invasive alien tree-attacking Phytophthora.
17.15 – 17.30 Markus Hiltunen: Intraorganismal variation in Marasmius oreades fairy rings.
17.30 - 18.00 Scheduled break
19.00 - 20.30 Dinner
20.30 - 22.00 Posters (with beer)
Tuesday 9 May
Session 2:   Population genomics – variation and local adaptation (cont.)
08.30 – 09.15 Tatiana Giraud: Widespread selective sweeps throughout the genome of model plant pathogenic fungi and identification of effector candidates.
09.15 – 09.45 Laura Rose: How Phytophthora infestans confronts the negative transcriptional control of the host immune system.
09.45 – 10.00 Antoine Persoons: Field pathogenomics: Developing new tools for interrogating cereal invaders.
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee break
10.30 – 11.15 Anna-Liisa Laine: Spatial clustering of hosts creates high diversity regions of a wild plant pathogen.
11.15 – 11.45 Sebastien Puechmaille: Using genetic and genomic tools to understand disease emergence: a case study with Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the causative agent of the White-Nose Disease in bats.
11.45 – 12.00 Maurice Sundy: What is really occurring at a population level?
12.00 – 12.15 Megan McDonald: Pacbio genome assembly and annotation of repeat families in three fungal pathogens carrying the necrotrophic effector ToxA.
12.15 – 12.30 Scheduled break
12.30 – 14.00 Leisurely lunch
14.00 – 18.00 Excursion (Cardada mountain hike)
19.00 – 20.30 Dinner
23.00 – 22.00 Posters (with beer)
Wednesday 10 May
Session 2:   Population genomics – variation and local adaptation (cont.)
08.30 – 09.15 Jason Stajich: Unexpected diverse populations of a chronic lung pathogen.
09.15 – 10.00 Pierre Gladieux: Multiple endemic and pandemic lineages of the rice blast pathogen and gene flow into recombining populations from Southeast continental Asia.
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee break
Session 3: Population genomics - divergence and specialization
10.30 – 11.15 Gianni Liti: Yeast population genomics: origin and evolution of a classic model organism.
11.15 – 11.45 Fabien Halkett: Demographic and genomic consequences of a major event of adaptation in the pathogenic fungus Melampsora larici-populina.
11.45 – 12.15 Henrik De Fine Licht: Host-specific adaptation and host-shifts among specialist insect-pathogenic fungi.
12.15 – 12.30 Scheduled break
12.30 – 14.00 Leisurely lunch
14.00 – 14.30 Jean Carlier: Detecting host-selected genes in the plant pathogenic fungus Mycosphaerella fijiensis.
14.30 – 14.45 Alex Mercier: Genomic determinants of host specialisation in the phytopathogenic and polyphagous fungus Botrytis cinerea.
14.45 – 15.00 Yong Zhang: Genome dissection of pathogens that cause Fusarium wilt of banana.
Session 4: Genome wide associations, QTLs and genetic determinism
15.00 – 15.30 Marie Foulongne-Oriol: Relationship between recombination rate and pattern of nucleotide diversity in Fusarium graminearum as a driver for evolution?
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 16.45 Daniel Croll: Retracing genome evolution of pathogens during rapid disease emergence in agro-ecosystems.
16.45 – 17.15 Pascal Frey: Genome-wide QTL mapping of aggressiveness traits in the poplar rust fungus.
17.15 – 17.30 Ricardo Rodriguez: Genomic mechanisms of host specialization in plant pathogens: the case of the castrating anther-smut fungi.
17.30 – 17.45 Petr Dvorak: Genome-wide patterns of diversity and divergence in the fungus Neurospora tetrasperma.
17.45 – 18.00 Scheduled break
19.00 – 21.00 Gala Dinner
11 May
Session 4: Genome wide associations, QTLs and genetic determinism (cont.)
08.30 – 09.15 John Taylor: Associating genotype and phenotype in fungi through the use of natural genomic variation, signatures of evolution and genetics.
09.15 – 09.45 Dominique Sanglard: Genomics for the understanding multidrug resistance in Candida lusitaniae.
09.45 – 10.00 Yann Dussert: Population genomics of Plasmopara viticola, the grapevine downy mildew pathogen.
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee break
10.30 – 11.00 Ake Olson: Heterosis and genetic distance effects on fitness in the root-rot fungus Heterobasidion parviporum.
11.00 – 11.15 Agatha Jouet: Genetic diversity of Albugo candida races from field samples revealed using pathogen DNA enrichment sequencing (PathSeq).
11.15 – 12.00 Bruce McDonald: Identifying pathogen genes involved in local adaptation using GWAS and QTL mapping
12.00 – 12.15 Scheduled break
12.15 - 12.30 Chiara Cometta and Bruce McDonald: CSF Award for young scientists
12.30 – 14.00 Leisurely lunch
14.00 Departure

Conference Accommodations

Conference participants will be able to stay on-site at the Monte Verità conference center or at hotels in the nearby city of Ascona.  All lunches and dinners will take place at the Monte Verità conference center. Recommended hotels in Ascona include:

Hotel Ascona, Via Signor in Croce 1, CH 6612 Ascona, Double Room (DR) 190-340 SFR
e-mail phone ++41 91 785 15 15

Hotel Luna, Via Buonamano 28, CH - 6612 Ascona, DR 135-245 SFR
e-mail phone ++41 91 791 36 07

Hotel La Perla, Via Collina 14, CH 6612 Ascona, DR 120-180 SFR
e-mail phone ++41 91 791 35 77

Registration for the meeting

To register for the meeting go to: the registration platform and click on "register" next to "Other Participant".  Here you will need to provide some personal details and pay the CHF 100 registration fee using a credit card.  After you have registered, you will receive a "conference code" that will give you access to the Monte Verità web site (http://shop.monteverita.org/), where you will be asked to choose a lodging and meal plan and to provide credit card details for billing.

The number of available rooms at the Monte Verità hotel is limited, and they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The conference code gives you a reduced price for your room at Monte Verità, but this reduced price is not available for additional nights before or after the conference, nor is it available for any accompanying persons.  All rooms and lodging must be booked and paid for at least 15 days prior to arrival.

After receiving the conference code, you should go to the Monte Verità web site (http://shop.monteverita.org/) to choose a room and a meal plan.  If you are booking a double room, you will be asked to list your roommate when filling out the online booking form.  Your roommate will still need to login and choose their meal plan separately, but they will not need to register for a room.  The first person to register for the double room will be billed for the cost of the room and we ask the roommates to settle the account on their own accord.  If you want a double room, but can't identify a roommate, send an email to the meeting organizers and we will try to pair you up with an appropriate roommate.

While registering for your hotel room, you will be asked if you want to participate in the planned excursion one afternoon into the local mountains (a cable car ride followed by light hiking on an easy trail, walking shoes recommended) at a cost of CHF 55.  Please choose this option if you want to join the excursion.  Later bookings are not possible.

The deadline for registration is 1 April 2017. If you decide after registering that you are unable to attend the conference, please notify the meeting organizers by email.  We will not be able to refund your registration fee.

The cancellation policy for booked meals and bedrooms is dictated by the payment conditions of the hotel and conference center Monte Verità as given on their web site at the time of booking and payment.

The conference organizers cannot accept any liability for personal injuries sustained or for loss or damage to property belonging to conference participants either during or as a result of the conference. Registration or accommodation fees do not include insurance.  By registering and paying your fees, you accept all of the above terms and conditions.

Selection of conference delegates

All who wish to participate will be required to fill out a form and submit a 250-word abstract for an oral and/or poster presentation. The form can be downloaded here (PDF, 52 KB). All applications will go through a selection process by a scientific committee composed of the confirmed speakers. Successful applicants will be made aware of the jury's decision by the end of January 2017 at the latest. Completing the form does NOT mean that you are allocated a place at the meeting. Please do not make any travel bookings until you have received confirmation that your application to attend the meeting has been approved.

How to reach Monte Verità

To reach Ascona, Switzerland, we strongly recommend travelling via Zurich. From there you can take a train to Locarno where a shuttle bus will bring you to the conference centre. The trip from Zurich main station to Locarno takes approximately 3 hours. To check the train schedule we recommend using http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html. A shuttle bus connection from Locarno to the conference centre will be organized and published on this web site closer to the congress. You will find the bus stop on the right hand side of the train station (see map underneath). Further smaller shuttle buses will leave later from Locarno for those registered to arrive later. On the day of departure a shuttle bus takes you to the train station of Locarno again (it will be organized and published later on this page).

Further information can be found here: http://www.csf.ethz.ch/travel/index.


shuttle bus stop
map of the region

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