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Bacterial-fungal interactions: a federative field for fundamental and applied microbiology

 French version

Roscoff (Brittany), France, December 7-11, 2013


Deadline for application: September 30, 2013


Chairperson: Pascale FREY-KLETT

UMR1136 – INRA, Université de Lorraine, “Tree-Microbe interactions”, Centre INRA de Nancy, 54280 Champenoux, France

Phone: +33 (0) 3 83 39 41 49 - Fax +33 3 83 39 40 69


Vice-Chairperson: Deborah HOGAN

Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Dartmouth Medical School, 208 Vail Building, Hanover, NH 03755, USA

Phone: +1 (603) 650 1252 – Fax: +1 (603)650 1318
Mail :


Historically, the classical separation of microbiological research between bacteriologists and mycologists has led to the study of bacteria and fungi in gnotobiotic settings. This compartmentalization has overlooked the fact that in many environments bacteria and fungi coexist and interact, forming physically and metabolically interdependent consortia that harbour distinct properties from their single components. These mixed consortia are of central practical importance in an exceptionally diverse variety of fields including agriculture, forestry, environmental and cultural heritage protections, food processing, biotechnology, and medicine.

In each of the disciplines to which BFIs are important, research has progressed somewhat differently. This is likely a reflection of their distinct contexts but also a reflection of a lack of interaction between researchers working in these different areas. However, many commonalities exist between the BFIs in these different settings and a greater appreciation of them would help scientists to identify potentially relevant studies outside of their normal speciality, a step that is often important when searching for new hypotheses, methods or collaborators. In this conference, we attempt to bridge this gap by encouraging micobiologists from all these fields to meet and exchange their knowledge and competencies, and to stimulate them to consider other systems in which parallels to their own field may exist.

By not focusing exclusively on one area of application, the Jacques Monod Conference seek to generate a novel unifying perspective on BFIs that enables the identification fundamental themes, mechanisms and areas of mutual interest. It will be organized around four major themes: (i) the applications of fungal-bacterial interactions, from soil to medicine and from food processing to protection of environment and cultural heritage, (ii) the physical complexes between bacteria and fungi, (iii) the ecology of the interactions between bacteria and fungi, and (iv) the molecular mechanisms of the interactions and communication between bacteria and fungi. To stimulate discussions and reveal commonalities and differences that exist in different BFI contexts, each session will gather scientists coming from distant application fields.


Invited speakers

(provisional titles)


ALEXANDRE Hervé (Dijon, France) 
The wine: a world for multiple interactions

BERG Gabriele (Graz, Austria) 
Phytopathogenic fungi and their interaction with antagonistic/synergistic bacteria

BONFANTE Paola (Turin, Italy)
Dissecting a fungal microbiome: bacteria inside AM fungi

BRANDL Maria (Albany, USA)
Molecular aspects of enteric pathogen biofilms on fungi

CÉBRON Aurélie (Nancy, France)
Bacterial and fungal diversity in contaminated soil and their potential of PAH-degradation

De BOER Wietse (Wageningen, The Netherlands)
Nutritional relationships between fungi and bacteria: share and warfare

CHAUCHEYRAS-DURAND Frédérique (Theix and Blagnac, France)
Impact of bacteria-fungi interactions on rumen function and ruminant nutrition

DEVEAU Aurélie (Nancy, France)
Fungal-bacterial interactions and tree nutrition: combination of in situ and in vitro approaches to decipher the mechanisms of the mycorhiza helper effect.

FREY-KLET Pascale (Champenoux, France)
Bacterial-fungal interactions: hyphens between agricultural, clinical, environmental and food microbiologists

GENIN Stéphane (Toulouse, France)
Ecological adaptation of bacteria through Type III secretion systems

GRUBE Martin (Graz, Austria) 
Bacteria in lichens: a third symbiotic dimension

HOGAN Deborah (Hanover, USA)
Roles of phenazines in the bacterial-fungal interactions.

HERTWECK Christian (Jena, Germany)
Toxin biosynthesis in bacterial-fungal interactions

IRLINGER Françoise (Thiverval-Grignon France)
Implication of microbial interactions for cheese quality

LAROSE Catherine (Lyon, France)
Bacterial metagenomics of cryosphere

LOPER Joyce (Corvallis, USA)
Genomics-guided discovery of traits contributing to the interactions of Pseudomonas fluorescens with plant-pathogenic fungi

MARTIN DOS SANTOS Vitor (Wageningen, The Netherlands)
Towards a systems understanding of fungal-bacterial interactions

MYLONAKIS Lefteris (Harvard, USA)
C. elegans as a model host for the study of fungal-bacterial interactions

PARTIDA-MARTINEZ Laila Pamela (Irapuato, Mexico)
Bacterial-fungal symbiosis: a model for the regulation of the interactions among microorganisms

PAWLOWSKA Teresa (Cornell, USA)
Bacterial endosymbionts of fungi as a study system to expand mutualism theory

PINZARI Flavia (Roma, Italy)
Possible roles of bacterial-fungal interaction in cellulose and library materials biodeterioration

PIVATO Barbara (Dijon, France)
Biology of communities in the rhizosphere: analysis of interactions between plants, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and bacteria

PRESTON Gail (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Survival strategies of mushroom pathogenic pseudomonads

RAAIJMAKERS Jos (Wageningen, The Netherlands)
The Plant Microbiome: metagenomics of bacterial-fungal interactions

RAMAGE Gordon (Glasgow, United Kingdom)
Interactions between Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aspergillus fumigatus biofilms in the CF lung

SARNIGUET Alain (Rennes, France)
How specific are the mechanisms of bacterial fungal-interactions?

SAUPE Sven (Bordeaux, France)
Conspecific and heterospecific non-self-recognition in Podospora

SENEVIRATNE Gamini (Kandy, Sri Lanka)
Role of fungal-bacterial interactions in developed biofilms in sustaining agroecosystems

TARKKA Mika (Halle, Germany)
Streptomycetes protect the surfaces of mycorrhizas and mushrooms from parasites

VAN ELSAS Jan Dirk (Gröningen, The Netherlands)
Mechanisms involved in the interactions between bacteria and fungi in soil

WICK Lukas Y. (Halle, Germany)
Microbial logistics - Mycelia as networks for functional dispersal of bacteria and chemicals in soil


Deadline for application: September 30, 2013


Registration fee (including board and lodging)

400 € for PhD students
550 €
for other participants


Application for registration

The total number of participants is limited to 115 and all participants are expected to attend for the whole duration of the conference. Selection is made on the basis of the affinity of potential participants with the topics of the conference. Scientists and PhD Students interested in the meeting should send:

  • their curriculum vitae
  • the list of their main publications for the 3 last years
  • the abstract of their presentation


to the Chairperson of the conference ( before the deadline. After it, the chairman will select the participants. Except in some particular cases approved by the Chairperson, it is recommended that all selected participants present their work during the conference, either in poster form or by a brief in- session talk. The organizers choose the form in which the presentations are made. No payment will be sent with application. Information on how and when to pay will be mailed in due time to those selected.

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