Irish Fungal Society
Fungi represent one of the main branches of the evolutionary tree and constitute their own Kingdom. They are an integral component of the environment and contribute to nutrient cycling in a wide range of ecosystems. There are approximately 1.5 million species of fungi, many are microscopic, while the fruiting bodies of others are visible as mushrooms. Fungi, in the form of unicellular yeasts, are used in baking and brewing, while other fungal species are used to produce antibiotics and are used as food (e.g. mushrooms, truffles and blue cheese). Unfortunately, a small number of fungi also cause disease in humans and animals. These diseases range from superficial infections such as ringworm and thrush, to life-threatening diseases such as systemic candidiasis and invasive aspergillosis.
The purpose of the Irish Fungal Society is to promote research on all aspects of fungi in Ireland. This is currently achieved by providing a forum for researchers and clinicians with an interest in fungi to meet and discuss their ideas, research data and clinical experiences. The second aim of the society is to educate the medical and scientific communities on basic and applied fungal biology. These goals will be achieved primarily by organizing an Annual Scientific Meeting at which junior scientists and clinicians, as well as invited international and national experts in Mycology will present their research.