May 8-11, 2017








Understanding how fungi cope with stress has important implications and consequences for fundamental as well as applied sciences. Hence, a diverse group of experienced and innovative researchers will present at the Second International Symposium on Fungal Stress. Please join us at Universidade Federal de Goiás in Goiânia, Brazil 2017 for the ISFUS 2017



General Information

The world is at the cross roads in relation to many issues: human health, climate change, food production and spoilage, etc. Fungal biology, and fungal stress in particular, can help to inform and/or solve many of these issues. For instance, fungi can be used for bioremediation; to replace synthetic pesticides by using them for biological control of insect pests; fungi can be used to produce biofuels, novel antibiotics, enzymes and useful chemicals; soil-dwelling fungi may enable production of crops in arid land; and foods can be manipulated to prevent proliferation of fungal xerophiles; fungi grow on many substrates and can help to recycle organic waste. In addition, fungal pathogens represent a serious threat for crops and animals, including humans. Thus, understanding how fungi deal with stress during growth or while infecting a host will help to optimize the use of fungi in biotechnological applications and to fight fungal diseases.

This conference is being held in Brazil because this nation is at the cross roads of work on fungal stress. There is a long tradition of studies on metabolism of trehalose, a unique and universal fungal stress metabolite; biofuel production (including pioneering work on ethanol stress); entomopathogenic fungi to control insect pests (especially in relation to manipulation of stress metabolism); fungi in food production and food spoilage.

This symposium has been designed to facilitate interactions between world leaders from Brazil and other countries, and between established researchers and young students/ scientists including undergraduates, graduates, and postdocs from Brazil and elsewhere. This will catalyze future interactions between Brazilian groups and those from other countries. The first ISFUS (ISFUS 2014), held in São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil has thus far resulted in the publication of more than 30 collaborative articles, including papers in leading journals such as ISME Journal and Environmental Microbiology, as well as a special issue of Current Genetics that was devoted to ISFUS 2014, which published 18 papers.

For the International Speakers, it will be a unique opportunity to see first-hand the great scientific level in Brazil and to discuss their work with other colleagues with similar interests. At the same time, the distinguished group of researchers and the synthesis of science present will lead to cross-cutting discussions and stimulate new lines of research in relation to current world issues; both pure and applied. Small but highly focused meetings can provide the best quality of interaction between speakers, students, and other scientists, and the size of the meeting (no more than 200 attendants) is designed to maintain a degree of intimacy and thereby optimize interactions between all delegates (speakers, those presenting posters, and others, international and national; young and established scientists). The long lunch break and social activities provide many opportunities for all the delegates to interact, share ideas, and make lasting professional contacts.  Hence, the model of the meeting should produce a high number of collaborations afterwards.

The most striking difference in this symposium is that it will generate at least 35 original or review articles in a special issue in the journal Fungal Biology written by the speakers and the students that attend the meeting.

ISFUS 2017 will offer a unique education opportunity and interdisciplinary insights for undergraduate and graduate students as well as to postdocs, mid-career researchers, and university professors in the context of fungal stress. This symposium is also registered at Universidade Federal de Goias (ppgbrph and ppgmtsp) as graduate course work where the masters and PhD students can take this course work as graduate credits. There are nine primary undercurrents within the symposium, though these are not mutually exclusive:

  1. Fungal biology in extreme environments;

  2. Stress mechanisms and responses in fungi: molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, cellular biology;

  3. Fungal photobiology in the context of stress;

  4. Role of stress in fungal pathogenesis (in plant- and animal systems);

  5. Fungal stress in agriculture: including biological control of insect pests;

  6. Fungal stress in the industry: including biofuel and food production.

  7. Ionizing radiation and fungal stress

  8. Astrobiology.

  9. Fungal stress and its implications on Bioremediation.

These topics were selected in the context of the research-related and applied issues of the day (see above).




01 Alexandre Melo Bailão – Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil. Talk: Characterization of black fungi iron homeostasis.

02 Anderson Ferreira da Cunha – Departamento de Genética e Evolução, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, São Carlos, SP, Brazil. Talk: Thermotolerant and ethanol-resistant Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains: Isolation, molecular characterization and evaluation of gene expression of stress related genes.

03 Célia Maria de Almeida Soares – Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil. Talk: Metabolic changes in Paracoccidioides spp. during host infection.

04 Chengshu Wang – Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China. Talk: Oxidative stress in entomopathogenic fungal culture degeneration: cause or effect? 

05 Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada – Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal. Talk: Molecular mechanisms of arsenic detoxification: novel insights from yeast

06 Diego Bonatto – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. Talk: Lagers yeasts and the delicate balance between its hybrid genomes and brewery’s stress

07 Drauzio E. N. Rangel – Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, GO, Brazil. Talk: Asphyxiated entomopathogenic fungi during mycelial growth produce conidia with increased stress tolerance.

08 Ekaterina Dadachova – Center for Nuclear Innovation,  University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Talk: Melanized fungi are resistant to both sparsely and densely ionizing radiation.

09 Elias Hakalehto – University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland. Talk: Competitive interactions between fungi and other microbes in stressed ecosystems.

10 Elis C. A. Eleutherio – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. Talk: Oxidative Stress: Learning from yeast lessons. 

11 Everton K. K. Fernandes – Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, GO, Brazil. Talk: Tolerance of entomopathogenic fungi to solar ultraviolet radiation: a review on screening of strains and their formulation.

12 Gilberto U. L. Braga – Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP,  Brazil. Talk:  Photodynamic antimicrobial treatment as an alternative to reduce fungal pathogens populations. 

13 Gustavo H. Goldman – Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP,  Brazil. Talk: Carbon catabolite repression in filamentous fungi.

14 Iran Malavazi – Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR), São Carlos, SP, Brazil. Talk: The contribution of the Cell Wall Integrity Pathway to virulence in Aspergillus fumigatus.

15  John E. Hallsworth – Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Talk: Interventions of glycerol expand the water-activity limit for life: ecology and biophyisics of extreme fungal xerophiles.

16 Jon Takemoto – Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA. Talk: New generation aminoglycoside fungicides.

17 Kevin Fuller – Department of Genetics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Remsen Hanover, NH, USA. Palestra: Regulation of metabolism by light in the fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus.

18 Laura Selbmann – Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy. Talk: Resistance of Antarctic cryptoendolithic fungi to radiations.

19 Luis Corrochano – Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. Talk: Light in the fungal world: a signal from the environment and a stress for the cell.

20 Luis Larrondo – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. Talk: New functions for an old protein: examining the role of FREQUENCY in clock regulation, nutritional sensing,  and stress responses in the phytopathogen Botrytis cinerea.

21 Márcia Eliana da Silva Ferreira – Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP. Talk: CO2 sensing in Aspergillus fumigatus.

22 Maria Celia Bertolini – Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Araraquara, SP, Brazil. Talk: A novel transcription factor regulating oxidative stress in Neurospora crassa.

23 Mario A. Fares -Department of Abiotic Stress, Institute of Molecular and Celular Biology of Plants (CSIC-UPV), Valencia, Spain. Talk: The role of gene duplication in the origin of adaptations to abiotic stress in yeast.

24 Monika Schmoll – Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Tulln, Austria. Talk: Fungi: Light dependent regulation of carbon and secondary metabolism in Trichoderma reesei.

25 Nicolás Pedrini – Instituto de Investigaciones Bioquímicas de La Plata, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, La Plata, Argentina. Talk: Molecular interactions between entomopathogenic fungi and their insect host: insights into both cuticle and hemolymph battlefield.

26 Reinhard Fischer – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Talk: Light regulation in Aspergillus nidulans.

27 Roger D. Finlay  – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden. Talk: Mediation of stress responses by root-associated microorganisms – examples from agriculture and forestry.

28 Rosane Marina Peralta – Universidade Estadual de  Maringá, Maringá, PR, Brazil. Talk: Bioremedediation by fungi in a stressfull environment.

Abstracts of all Talks





Organizing Committee

Drauzio E. N. Rangel – Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil (Chair)
Alene Alder-Rangel – Alder’s English Services, Brazil
Célia Maria de Almeida Soares – Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil
Gilberto U. L. Braga – Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Gustavo H. Goldman – Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Everton K. K. Fernandes – Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil
John E. Hallsworth – Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Luis M. Corrochano – Universidad de Sevilla, Spain



Scientific Program

SCHEDULE 28 2 2017




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Symposium Fees


Brazilian participants must pay by bank deposit. (Os boletos bancário serão emitidos pela Fundação de Apoio à Pesquisa da UFG – FUNAPE. Entre no link da FUNAPE abaixo para imprimir o boleto)

International participants must pay using the Pay Pal account that will soon be displayed below.

Registration for this event includes access to all presentations by the internationally and nationally renowned speakers. It does not include meals, transportation, or accommodation.

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Payment for Brazilian participants

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Abstract submission

Scientific contributions that correspond to the scope of the International Symposium on Fungal Stress (ISFUS) are cordially invited for the poster presentation. Poster dimensions are 100 cm horizontal and 120 cm vertical. An abstract should be prepared according to the guidelines in the webpage after registration using the registration form. Your registration will create an internet account with your e-mail address as login-name and your password. After registration, you can login anytime. Registration and abstract submission at different times are possible. Please note the Deadlines for abstract submission and registration.

The abstracts will be published online.

DEADLINES Registration and abstract submission: April 15, 2017. Authors will be notified about their acceptance by April 30.



ISFUS 2017 Special Issue

Speakers and awardee students are cordially invited to publish their talks and presentations (original or review papers) to the peer reviewed Special Issue on Biology of Fungal Systems under Stress, which focuses on cellular biology, ecology, environment, agriculture, and biotechnology in the context of fungal stress biology. This Special Issue will be published in Fungal Biology from the British Mycological Society. Impact Factor: 2.244 see letters (FUNGAL BIOLOGY ELSEVIER and FUNGAL BIOLOGY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF GEOFFREY MICHAEL GADD).

Fungal Biology



Elsevier Student Competition Awards

Three student awards will be given for the first, second, and third places for the best student research (ELSEVIER SPONSORSHIP LETTER). Students can apply for the award by submitting an application in the registration process. The awards will be based on the article. To be considered for the student awards, in addition to the abstract, the student must send to a manuscript, which is formatted for possible publication in Fungal Biology. This manuscript, if not already submitted or recently published (2017) in a scientific journal, will be considered for publication in the ISFUS Special Edition.

Observation: The student must send a full manuscript according to Fungal Biology authors’ instructions.  The manuscript must be in English; if the student needs assistance with the English, Alder’s English Services will give a discount for revision or translation.

The student must attach to this document a confirmation letter or document from the university that the student is regularly registered. The manuscript plus the university document must be sent in only one PDF document. The PDF file of the manuscript must be named with the full name of the student in capital letters.

The manuscript will be accepted only if the student is the first author. Only undergraduate and graduate students (master and PhD) may enter the competition.

The student may submit only one manuscript to the student competition. The winning students must present a 15-minutes talk at the end of the symposium. The winning manuscripts may be published after peer review in the special issue of Fungal Biology.

Deadline for submission of manuscript for the student competition is March 30.

The winners will be announced on April 30.

  •  Elsevier Bronze Award US$ 200

  •  Elsevier Silver Award US$ 300

  •  Elsevier Gold Award US$ 500

 Taxes and international transfer bank fees may apply on these values.

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Travel and Accommodations

How to reach Goiânia

Goiânia is only one hour and forty minute flight from Guarulhos International Airport, the main international airport in Brazil. The Santa Genoveva/ Goiânia Airport (GYN) is very close to the center of the city.

Hotel Accommodations

Comfort Suites. The ISFUS Organization Committee worked to provide high quality hotel accommodation for a reasonable budget. For this reason we have blocked a limited contingent of rooms at Comfort Suites Flamboyant (see hotel presentation csf) in Goiania. We recommend booking the blocked rooms with the hotel manager at or at +55 62 3574-9000 until March, 20 2017.


Price of the apartments per day

  Single Double
Superior R$ 240,00 R$ 270,00
Luxury R$ 289,00 R$ 339,00

Include 5% taxes and 10% services

For simple alternative hotel we suggest the Biss Inn Hotel located at Av. Anhanguera, Nº 2913 Setor Universitário, Goiânia, GO. We have contacted the hotel manager and the hotel gave a very special discount for the ISFUS. Please contact us using the form below and we will send the information.

Social Program

Our experience tells us that a side trip after the meeting is very productive, while the speakers are relaxing. In addition, the speakers become better acquainted with each other. After the last ISFUS meeting in 2014, most speakers went to the beach in São Sebastião, São Paulo, and several collaborative publications among the speakers were due to that trip.  Therefore, we strongly suggest all speakers as well as participants of this meeting join us on this excursion.

For the ISFUS 2017, the organizers are planing a short trip to Pirenópolis and stay at Pousada dos Pirineus Resort (Hotel Folder link) (Pirenópolis MAP). All speakers and participants are welcome to come.

Click here to see Pirenópolis (or our recent pictures)

We will leave on Friday morning (12/May) and return directly to the Airport on Sunday afternoon (14/May). The prices at discounted rates for transportation and accommodation will be displayed here by March 14.

If you are interested in joining us, please e-mail using the address:




The International Symposium on Fungal Stress will be held at: Auditório CAD, Universidade Federal de Goias, Rua 235, s/n, Setor Universitario, Câmpus Colemar Natal e Silva, Goiania, GO 74605-050

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Publications about the first ISFUS

Current Genetics



Speakers’ letters about the first ISFUS




ISFUS 2014 Special Edition

Current Genetics



Advertisements about ISFUS


British Mycological Society

Sociedade Brasileira de Genética

Sociedade Brasileira de Microbiologia

Society for Invertebrate Pathology

Mycological Society of America

IMA – International Mycological Association (pdf)



Society for Invertebrate Pathology Newsletter February 2017




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