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Colletotrichum Workshop 2014

The Colletotrichum workshop 2014 was held on March 23rd, 2014 the day before the ECFG12 at the University of Seville, Spain. Here is a link to the Workshop Program. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Also, congratulations to Sayo Kodama, graduate student of Prof. Yasuyuki Kubo, Kyoto Prefectural University, Japan, for winning a poster presentation prize during the main meeting!
Serenella Sukno and Michael Thon

Colletotrichum Workshop II 2010: Colletotrichum: Species, ecology and interactions

As a response to the rapidly increasing interest in Colletotrichum systematics, pathology and genetics, the SECOND 2010 Colletotrichum workshop will take place on 1 August at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, as a satellite meeting to IMC9, organized by Paul Cannon ( and Ulrike Damm ( Participants will need to register at the conference website ( but do not have to pay for the entire meeting. Contact Paul or Ulrike, especially if you would like to make a short presentation about your work.

Species concepts in the economically important genus Colletotrichum have been undergoing revolutionary change in recent years. The old morphology-based species are rapidly being superseded by taxa that are largely defined by molecular sequence. Cryptic species are increasingly being recognized that cannot be reliably separated using morphological or cultural methods. In a number of cases, however, these demonstrably monophyletic units do not show marked host preference or shared pathogenic characteristics. This apparent paradox reduces the utility of the new classifications to the applied communities, especially to pathologists. We also know too little about the evolutionary significance of the varied nutritional/pathological strategies shown by Colletotrichum, especially the mechanisms by which colonies change status from endophyte/hemibiotroph to aggressive pathogen on the one hand, or to saprotroph on the other.

There will also be opportunities to exchange information relating to the rapidly increasing number of whole-genome sequencing projects that are planned or already in operation.

The meeting will bring together key workers from the academic and applied sectors to share knowledge, review progress and set priorities for further studies.

Colletotrichum Workshop I 2010

Title: Colletotrichum Workshop 2010


Michael Thon, University of Salamanca

Serenella Sukno, University of Salamanca


The meeting will take place as part of the 10th European Conference on Fungal Genetics  (ECFG10)  at NH Conference Centre Leeuwenhorst, Netherlands.   For more information about the conference, please see this page: at

Data and Time: Monday 29 of March, 1:00 – 5:00 PM


1 PM opening words Dr. Michael Thon

1.10 PM Dr. Yasuyuki Kubo

Novel peroxin, Fam1p of Colletotrichum orbiculare is essential for pathogenesis and associates with Woronin bodies

1. 35 PM  Jochen Kleemann

Identification and characterization of candidate effector proteins secreted by the crucifer anthracnose fungus Colletotrichum higginsianum

2 PM Dr. Elaine Souza

Genetics analysis in Colletotrichum lindemuthianum

2.25 PM Riccardo Baroncelli

Evolutionary relationships in Colletotrichum acutatum populations

2.45.PM Break 30 minutes.

3.15 PM Emiel Ver Loren van Themaat

Towards a high quality genome and transcriptome of Colletotrichum higginsianum

3.40 PM Dr. Li Ju Ma/ Dr. L. Vaillancourt

Status of the C. graminicola genome sequence

4.05 PM Dr. Michael R. Thon

Genome wide computational analysis of C. graminicola for secreted proteins

4.30 PM discussion of genome annotation

Colletotrichum Workshop 2009

We are finalizing our plans to have a Colletotrichum workshop during the fungal genetics conference at Asilomar.  Here are the details:
Title: Colletotrichum Workshop
Michael Thon, University of Salamanca
Serenella Sukno, University of Salamanca
The meeting will take place as part of the Twenty Fifth Fungal Genetics Conference, Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California, USA. For more information about the conference, please see this page:
Meeting Romm: Scripps Building on the Asilomar Conference Grounds.
Data and Time: Wednesday, March 18th, 12:15 – 2:00 PM

12:15-12:20 Introduction

12:20-12:40 Lijun Ma – Status of the C. graminicola genome sequencing project.

12:40-1:00 Stephen Wirsel – Colletotrichum graminicola causes contrasting symptoms and differentially affects photosynthesis, senescence and host gene expression when infecting mature or senescing corn leaves.

1:00-1:20 Jo Ann Crouch – Will genomics solve the riddle of Colletotrichum sex determination?

1:20-1:40 Michael Thon – The Fungal Gene Cluster Database and other topics

1:40-2:00 Discussion – C. graminicola genome annotation and other topics.

Box lunches will be provided for workshop attendees.  Note: There will be 20 box lunches available for pre-registered participants.
If you would like to attend, please send me an email and let me know.  Even if you have already replied to my previous email, please send me an email again to confirm that you can attend.  We need to have an accurate count of attendees so we can order a large enough room and have enough box lunches.
Mike and Serenella

Web Site Update

You can now find a few updates to the web site.  We have reorganized the site and updated some of the content.  Please feel free to send us photos, lab protocols or news to post here.