Bulletin Number 1. July 30th, 2009
Prof. Daniel J. Royse Professor
Daniel J. Royse

It has been a great pleasure serving as President of the World Society for Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products (WSMBMP) for the last several years. I have been honored to work with our Executive Committee: Vice-Presidents: Drs. A. Broderick and S. T. Chang; General Secretary/Treasurer: Dr. J. A. Buswell; and Members: Drs. B. L. Dhar, D. Levanon and P. G. Miles (deceased). During our tenure, four International Mushroom Conferences sponsored by the WSMBMP were held: Sydney, Australia (1999), Cuernavaca, Mexico (2002), Shanghai, China (2005) and Bonn, Germany (2008). These conferences attracted hundreds of participants from around the world and provided a forum to share the latest in mushroom research and development.

While it is tempting to look back and reminisce about the “good old days”, it is more exciting to focus on the future. With our new slate of officers, we will see change that will help drive the Society forward. Our new President, Dr. Jose Sanchez, has several years experience guiding other mycological societies and we look to Jose to help grow membership of the WSMBMP.

As the Immediate Past President, I hope to stay involved in the Society to support the President and other members of the Executive Committee as needed. I hope to provide continuity to facilitate organizational alignment and progress toward our Society goals.

Finally, I would like to thank all members and others that have assisted with Society objectives over the last several years. Your continued support is requested for our new Executive Committee as we move to the future.

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Dr. Jose E. Sanchez Dr. Jose E. Sanchez

Dear colleagues and friends,

In this time of economic crisis and globalization, the WSMBMP has changed its council. First of all, we must thank the outgoing council for having directed the Society so well during the last twelve years. Since 1997 when they were elected, they have succeeded in building a mushroom society that is known and respected around the world.

The new council is committed to continue working hard in the same way to make a stronger WSMBMP. We are facing serious issues at this time as research funding is cut and mushrooms and mushroom science are not a priority for politicians in many countries. It is during times like these, however, when the mushroom scientific community (scholars, professionals, students, amateurs, etc) must work together to continue to add to the growing body of mushroom science throughout the world.

The Society has organized six successful conferences so far:- Hong Kong, State College - USA, Sydney - Australia, Cuernavaca - Mexico, Shanghai - China and Bonn -Germany. It is time to start organizing the next one. We are pleased to announce that the research group lead by Dr. Jean Michel Savoie, INRA-France, has accepted our invitation to organize the next conference so the 7th CMBMP will be in France. It is not yet decided in which city it will be but the organization of the conference has begun!

We are evaluating costs and possibilities of creating a new web site, since the old one is no longer operational. We expect to announce you some news about this soon. We plan also to produce a short bulletin every six months (January and July each year) to keep members informed about the Council’s activities and to include any news items or information of interest about mushrooms. This is our first bulletin and once we have the society’s web site in place the bulletin will be posted there.

Concerning membership, ideally we would like to recruit new key people across a wide area of interests who are themselves interested in the advancement of mushroom science. New, young early-stage career researchers along with some more experienced people are key to keeping the society alive. Increasing membership will continue to be a task of the council of course; however, we will rely heavily on the current members to help us by actively informing other people about WSMBMP activities.

Finally, I would like to say that the new council is pleased and honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the achievement of the WSMBMP goals, mainly to contribute to the development and spreading of mushroom science, to point out the importance of mushrooms and facilitating the encounter and communication among mushroom scientists, mushroom professionals, students and amateurs. We thank you all for your continued support in helping us to achieve them.

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Dr. Alma E. Rodríguez Dr. Alma E. Rodríguez

Although classification of living organisms in the kingdoms Plantae and Animalia was established in the 18th century, it was not until 1969 that fungi were recognized as a group different from plants. Still, mushroom research and cultivation began to develop earlier and now their study occupies a special niche in science. But how has mushroom science found its way to be recognized as an independent area of interest in science? With no doubt, organizations like The WSMBMP have been of key importance along the way.

The WSMBMP was created in 1993 and it is perhaps the most important and recognized organization committed to promoting research on mushroom biology and mushrooms products across a broad spectrum of subject areas. The WSMBMP attracts the interest of scientists, researchers, amateurs, growers and students worldwide, making it a unique multidisciplinary and multicultural association. As members of this organization we contribute to the development of the mushroom discipline by bringing our diverse areas of expertise and interests to the group. We all have exceptional tasks to complete. Researchers and professors diligently perform their duty by developing and enhancing research programs in their respective laboratories and institutions. They are constantly challenged to develop original and innovative investigations, address basic questions and work toward knowledge application. They are responsible for recruiting students and other scientists into the area of mushroom science. Students are the future of our field of research. Their enthusiasm and creativity ensure constant progress of our research endeavors. Mushroom growers and amateurs bring technical and empirical expertise and precious opportunities to transfer knowledge and technology.

In the last decades, much more attention has been devoted to mushrooms as valuable sources of natural products, foodstuff, health enhancers and bioremediation agents, among others. This emergent interest and the advances of new technologies and research tools have promoted and directed the progress of mushroom research. We are beginning to understand the molecular and physiological basis of mushroom morphogenesis, reproduction and metabolism. Cultivation technologies have emerged and developed and, as a result, more species can be adapted to commercial or experimental production. We are gaining an understanding of the mechanisms involved in mushroom resistance to pathogens and are developing better methods to control pests and diseases in production rooms.

I encourage all members of the WSMBMP to continue your role and exceptional contributions to mushroom science and to the organization by following your own research paths and developing strong collaborations with peers both within and outside the field of mushroom science. At the same time, I believe that transferring your own knowledge and skills to other disciplines will translate into better recognition of our discipline in the scientific community.

The new council of the WSMBMP is honored to succeed the former council and to hopefully continue their tremendous efforts and achievements. We are eager to work towards the mission of our organization and fulfill members’ expectations. We thank you for your unwavering support and interest and encourage you to spread the word among scholars and anyone interested in mushroom biology, products and cultivation. Together, we will make our society a stronger and more prosperous organization.

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The WSMBMP Bulletin is the official electronic publication of the World Society for Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products. The bulletin is intended to keep members informed about Council activities and to share general information about mushrooms. It is designed to allow communication between society members and alert them about new topics and opportunities related to mushrooms. Society members and general public are kindly invited to submit letters, comments and information of interest for the mushroom community to be published in the bulletin. Please submit your contributions electronically in free format to the editors José E. Sanchez and Helen Grogan

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