ICOM 10 will be organized in Mérida, Mexico by the International Mycorrhiza Society and the Mexican Mycorrhizal Symbiosis Society from June 30 to July 5, 2019. ICOM 10 wishes to encourage innovation in the researchers, students, companies and organizations that study the mycorrhizal symbiosis in order to generate basic and applied knowledge in a different way; a way committed to sustainable development. We wish to invite the young, the creative, the critical, the skeptical, and the innovative, in our search for alternative pathways to face this great challenge. This is why we are inviting you to Mérida.
Mérida is the capital of the state of Yucatan and the largest city in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is the gateway to the Mayan culture and is surrounded by impressive nature and astonishing archaeological sites. Merida’s privileged location allows for a wide variety of exciting field trips. The archaeological sites of Chichen Itzá (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the modern world) and Uxmal, the Caribbean coast and flamingo bird tour in Celestún, the old colonial Haciendas, the beautiful town of Izamal, and the nearby Caribbean beaches all provide attractive options for the participants. For those not taking the tours, the Mayan World Museum, Mérida’s historic downtown buildings, markets, and restaurants can easily fill a fantastic day spent enjoying the city. The inimitable flavors of the Yucatan’s cuisine are a unique and sophisticated fusion of Mayan and colonial dishes.
This historical city is renowned for its location, weather, safety, gastronomy, music, art and culture, making it an unforgettable space for academic and social interactions, and ideal for hosting ICOM 10. The government of Yucatan recently opened the International Convention Center (ICC) (yucatancenter.com). The ICC is located in the modern part of Mérida and close to Paseo Montejo, the emblematic and charismatic main avenue of the city, surrounded by hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers.
Mycorrhizae for a Sustainable World
Under this overarching theme, the conference will start on Sunday with an opening keynote guest lecture by Julia Carabias Lillo (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM). She is an ecologist that years ago served in the Mexican government as Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources and since then has been actively engaged in numerous activities, organizations and international programs with sustainability goals.
During the week, the conference will cover the topic “Breakthroughs and challenges in basic knowledge” focusing on evolution, signaling, cross-talk and interactions on Monday. On Tuesday we will review recent developments in physiology and ecology with “Basic knowledge to underpin the sustainability transition”. Wednesday will be, as traditionally, a free day to enjoy excursions, field trips, or a relaxing break. On Thursday we will move to “Mycorrhizas in the Global Change context” to examine mycorrhizal roles in global change, climate change, land management and sustainability issues. Finally, Friday will be devoted to explore “New technologies and innovation in the study of mycorrhizal symbioses: the way forward”. Along with this program we will have keynote lectures by Annegret Kohler (France), María José Pozo (Spain), Jan Jansa (Czech Rep.), Mathias Rillig (Germany), Helena Kahiluoto (Finland) and Richard Phillips (USA).
We hope to see you all in Mérida.
Javier Álvarez Sánchez (Chair) and Mayra Gavito (Co-chair), on behalf of the organizing committee.