The working group aims to bring together the very diverse and highly scattered information and knowledge on black yeasts and related fungi. Scientists, clinicians and workers in applied fields have a wealth of information on these fungi, which is currently hardly accessible. This information covers clinical aspects, diseases in cold-blooded animals and insects, fungi growing on rocks under extreme climatic conditions, black yeasts used in bioremediation of polluted environments, black yeasts in drinking water, susceptibility testing, animal models, molecular evolution and ecology. We wish to combine these data and bring workers interested in black yeasts together, as we may learn a lot from each other. Above all, we can build up a consortium with sufficient critical mass and impact to stimulate sequencing of some entire genomes of black yeasts. The availability of genome data will enormously boost diagnostics, ecology and virulence studies.
The Working Group has already organised six very successful meetings: in Utrecht (2007), Ljubljana (2009), Curitiba (2011), Guangzhou (2013), Utrecht (2015) and Viterbo (2016). The next meeting (held jointly with the working group on chromoblastomycosis) will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 5-6 July, 2018, as a post-congress activity of the 20st ISHAM in Amsterdam.