The 73th Congress of the Bund Deutscher Champignon- und Kulturpilzanbauer (BDC) was successfully held at the Mövenpick Hotel in Berlin, on Thursday 30 September and Friday 1 October, 2021.
The event started with the member meeting on Thursday, followed by the open lecture program on Friday.
During the member meeting, there were discussions on the use (and financing) of alternatives for the use of peat in casing soil in the mushroom industry, which seems to become a big game changer. See for a very topical article on this in Mushroom Business no 108 (out now!).
On 14-17 September, the International Society for Mushroom Science (ISMS) held its scientific conference. The event had been scheduled for 2020 in conjunction with the 26th North American Mushroom Conference (NAMC) in Vancouver, but because of COVID, it didn’t work out that way. The NAMC in Canada was postponed, and eventually cancelled (https://www.mushroombusiness.com/news/namc-2022-vancouver-cancelled) and ISMS decided to bring its event online - and partially live via Ex Ordo Conference software.
In light of the continuing pandemic and ongoing group gathering and travel restrictions, Mushrooms Canada and its North American Mushroom Conference partners have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 (26th) North American Mushroom Conference in Vancouver, Canada. This decision was made at the borard meeting on 22 September.
Dear colleagues in the mushroom industry; it is time to register for the ISMS congress.
The next ISMS congress will be held from 14 till 17 September 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this time it will be an online event, although we would have preferred to make it a live event. However, as the statutes of ISMS demand that a congress is held every 3 to 5 years with the last one being in Amsterdam in 2016, a congress needed to be planned in 2021. Hence, an online version of the congress.
Only a few weeks to go until the ISMS e-Congress 2021 begins on Tuesday 14 September. The event will run for four days between 12:00 - 14:30 UTC (GMT) each day. Here’s an update on what to be expected, sponsorship possibilities and registration.
Cornerstone Investment Management (formerly Cornerstone Partners), a private equity investment manager, in co-operation with Kartesia, a European specialist financing provider, and Polish mushroom producer Okechamp S.A. will combine forces to create a global player in the mushroom production sector, Cornerstone communicated beginning of August.
Consultant Ray Samp of Agari Culture Mushroom Consulting Services and longtime author for Mushroom Business compares the Dutch way of growing Agaricus with the American model. In his view, both systems have their strengths and weaknesses.
De organisers of the Dutch Mushroom Days in Den Bosch have set the dates for the next edition: 30 and 31 March and 1 April, 2022.
Because of COVID, organising a big international event like this, is not so obvious as it used to be, and many events in the mushroom sector around the world have been cancelled, or went online (like ISMS in September 2021).
Legro Group B.V., one of the leading European producers of substrates and casing soils, has announced the takeover of Aurich-Wiesmoor-Torfvertriebs GmbH (AWT), strengthening its own position in terms of access to raw materials for the production of mushroom casing soil.