Asian Mycological Association
Minutes of the Asian Mycological Committee General Meeting (12/05/2007) 2016-03-29 10:34:12

held on 5th December, 2007, Grand Plaza Park Royal Hotel, Penang, Malaysia


1. Prof.Dr Suziki Akira (SA) Japan (Chairman)

2. Prof.Dr Kevin. D. Hyde (KDH) China (General Secretary)

3. Prof.Dr. Amin Uddin Mridha (AUM) Bangladesh (Country Representative)

4. Prof.Dr. Xingxhong Liu (XL) China

5. A.Prof. K. Rajugopal (KR) India

6. Dr.Bahram Sharifnabi (BS) Iran

7. Prof.Oded Yarden (OY) Israel (Country Representative)

8. Dr.Tsutmu Hattori (TH) Japan (Country Representative)

9. Prof.Dr.Tae Soo Lee (TSL) Korea (Country Representative)

10. Dr.Vikineswary Sabaratnam (VS) Malaysia (Country Representative)

11. Ms.Ohnmar Myo Aung (OMA) Myanmar

12. Dr.Thomas Edison E. dela Cruz (TDC) Philippines (Country Representative)

13. Dr.Larissa Vasilyeva (LV) Russia

14. Dr.Ching-Hua Su (CHS) Taiwan (Country Representative)

15. A.Prof. Dr. Kasem Soytong (KS) Thailand (Country Representative)

16. Dr.Le Xuam Tham (LT) Vietnam

Others Present:

1. Prof.Dr Pedro W. Crous (PC) President of the IMA

2. Prof.Dr Paul W. J. Taylor (PT) Australia

1. Dr. Hean Vanhan Cambodia (Country Representative)

2. Prof.D. J. Bhat India (Country Representative)

3. Dr.Kartini Kramadibrata Indonesia Country Representative

4. Dr.Rasoul Zare Iran (Country Representative)

5. Mr.Phengsintham Pheng Laos

6. Dr.Tsetseg Baljinov Mongolia

7. Dr.S.C. Singh Nepal (Country Representative)

8. Dr.Farhat Jamil Pakistan (Country Representative)

9. Dr.Mikhail Pivkin Russia (Country Representative)

10. Dr.Nimal Adikaram Sri Lanka (Country Representative)

11. Dr.Teck Koon Tan Singapore (Country Representative)


Meetingcalled to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman SA.

Welcometo new members and explanation and history by KDH:

KDHexplained brief history of AMC. The IMA (International Mycological Association)Committee for Asia was founded on September 2, 1977 during the secondInternational Mycological Congress (IMC2) held in Tampa, Florida, USA, as theCommittee for the Development of Mycology in Asian Countries. The Committee'saim is to promote the development of mycology through various activitiesassociated with mycological education, training, research, and service incountries and regions within Asia. In this congress, many regional andinternational mycologists have worked together and it is a great chance toimprove the ideas relating to mycology. Each country has a representative toattend this meeting however some countries representatives are absent. At themoment, AMC does not have funding and little can be done without funding. Weneed to raise the funds. The AMC webpage has been set up and needs to update.All the member countries need to send the updated information including meetingsand conferences.

Chairman’s Report:

SAannounced that the President of the IMA has attended this meeting and requestedto give remarks on the meeting.

IMA President’s address:

PCaddressed the main idea to attend this meeting. The Executive Committee meetingof the IMA for the Australasia region will be held following this AMC GeneralMeeting. PC explained about the presently organized mycological associations inthe world and updates of the executive committee of the IMA. The first meetingwas held in April and 10 members were attended. The second meeting was heldduring the MSA. Currently, IMA has established the webpage and mycologicalorganizations of the world can be linked to this web. The aim of this webpageis broadly leading to the other associations in order to provide data of updateinformation including meetings and conference. IMA encourages the regionalmycological organizations to submit the pre-proposal to host the 2014 IMC. PCsuggested that AMC should discuss new set up of AMC, new statues and severalissues in this meeting. Applications for the financial support should besubmitted by August 15th each year.

ChairmanSA noted the name of the congress, Asian Mycological Congress, IMACA and AsianMycological Committee. SA raised the question about to change the names. Theothers agreed that no changes were needed.

Country Reports:

Countryreports and present situation were reported by each country’s representatives.The country’s mycological association, number of mycologists in country, meetingsand conference, future plan were included in the reports.

AMC2007 organizing country’s Report:

VSexplained that she was working with full time staff member to develop an officeof the organizing committee, information management systems, policies andprocedures to ensure financial issues and fund-raising activities. Unexpectedproblems occurred during this time and everything has been overcome.

After herbrief discussion, the others congratulated VS.

Nomination and election of new executive committee members:

SA raisedthe question about to change the constitution of AMC. KDH proposed that thereshould be two Vice chairmen: one for Activity and the other is for Treasurer.

Officersof the AMC were elected for the period of next four years (2007-2011, until the2011 AMC meeting) by the proposal of countries’ representatives.

Newly elected officers

Prof. Dr.Kevin D. Hyde (Chairman)

Prof.Dr.Tae Soo Lee from Korea (Vice-Chairman-Activity)

Dr.Tsutmu Hattori from Japan (Vice-Chairman-Treasurer)

Ms.Ohnmar Myo Aung from Myanmar (General Secretary)

Comments by new Chairman

KDHfirstly thanked the former Chairman SA for his contribution for the period ofpast four years. He announced that the next meeting will be held in Taiwan in2009 and this meeting has to decide the host for the 2011 meeting.

TSLproposed Korea to be the host for AMC2011.

OMAinformed that Prof. D. J. Bhat (India) has proposed India to be the host forAMC2011.
The committee decided that AMC 2011 will be held in Korea and the satellitemeeting will be held in India at a separate time and subject. Satellitemeetings can be proposed by any Asian member countries and will be supported byAMC. However they must be at a separate time and have a separate theme. Theyare not regarded as the main AMC conferences and no support is available.

KDHencouraged the member countries to update the webpage including meeting andconferences. The members can contact OMA to upgrade the webpage.

KDHraised the issue about the working group in particular field of interests. Hepointed out that we need to encourage the setting up of research groups and topromote the young mycologists to become leader of the mycology in the future.We have already set up the Asian Freshwater Fungi Research Group (AFFRG).

KDHdiscuss about the AMC award for recognition of advancing mycology in the Asia.Discussion about two awards: young mycologist and senior mycologist.

PCsuggested to follow the MSA awards. This is working very well and AMC will geta lot of information regarding selection of awardees. Chairman should set upthe selection committee within 6 months.


KDHopened discussion for other business in the AMC.

SAdiscussed the time of new executive committee and it was confirmed by themember who attended this meeting. The present committee will be presented untilKorea AMC meeting.

KDH askedthe members to give any idea, suggestions and comments and told that everyonecan contact freely to the Chairman.

KDHannounced the logo competition for the AMC. Everyone from the member countriescan participate in this competition.

BS fromIran suggested that the registration fees for the next meetings should beaccepted by credit cards. Everybody agreed.

Meetingadjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Minutessubmitted by General Secretary, Ohnmar Myo Aung.