Third International Conference on Mycorrhizas

Venue: Adelaide

Location: Adelaide, Australia

Event Date/Time: Jul 08, 2001 End Date/Time: Jul 13, 2001
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The Organising committee are very grateful to:

Professor Bob Auge
University of Tennessee, Department of Ornamental Horticulture & Landscape Design, 2431 Center Drive, Rm 252
Knoxville, TN 37996-4500 USA
for his help in updating the Directory of Mycorrhizasts and providing the email and address lists for ICOM3 mailouts.

Mr John Davey
Departmental Manager, Department of Soil and Water, Adelaide University
for his ongoing help on financial matters and accounting

Mrs Alla Baklan,
Department of Soil and Water, Adelaide University
for developing and maintaining the WEB site.


The University of Adelaide is the main sponsor of ICOM 3. It incorporates a major centre for mycorrhizal research, which has strong links to other mycorrhizal research groups in Australia and overseas. The research is carried out in The Centre for Plant Root Symbioses (Director: Professor Sally Smith) which is based in the Department of Soil and Water, located at the Waite Campus of the University approximately 9 km from the city. The Centre has members in other Departments of the University, The Flinders University of South Australia, The University of Western Australia, CSIRO and other institutions. We have strong links to other mycorrhiza groups in Australia.
Our mycorrhizal research programs are outlined on the linked web pages. In brief, there are major groups working on arbuscular mycorrhizas relating to colonisation, nutrient transport and plant growth; molecular plant microbe interactions, targeting both plant and fungus; and ecology and biodiversity. Our approach is to apply a wide range of techniques and approaches to address the research questions, ensuring excellent exchange of information and broad educational opportunities. The group in Adelaide currently includes two postdoctoral research fellows, two international visitors and eleven postgraduate students.
We are certain that with this concentration of research activity on mycorrhizas we will be able to ensure that the conference is worthwhile and that you all enjoy a memorable trip to Adelaide.
We hope that you will take the opportunity to visit other centres of mycorrhizal research in Australia and New Zealand and perhaps travel to see some of the really exciting tourist destinations down-under.


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The Adelaide Convention Centre is an excellent modern conference venue, within easy and safe walking distance of hotels, college accommodation, restaurants, cafés and the main central shopping mall.
The State Museum, Library, Art Gallery and Festival Centre are all within a few hundred metres of the Convention Centre along tree-lined North Terrace. Two of the South Australia’s universities (The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia) are also close by.

Further along North Terrace (about 15 mins or so on foot) are the Zoological Gardens Adelaide makes a very good base for excursions to superb coast, bushland or dese and the Botanic Gardens, with its award-winning tropical conservatory. Many wineries are not far away. Bus tours to local fauna parks, wineries etc are readily available from South Australian Tourism Commission

Weather: Adelaide can be cool and wet in July, but this time of year is perfect for visits to the outback in the Flinders Ranges (about 6 hours drive north of Adelaide) and to more distant northern Australia (Alice Springs, Ayers Rock -Uluru, the Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park) and many more venues that are too hot in the summer.
If you like it really cool, then Tasmania and the Australian Alps will suit you, not to mention New Zealand. Don’t forget that the Second International Workshop on Edible Mycorrhizal Mushrooms is to be held in Christchurch New Zealand, just before the ICOM 3.

Look at a map, browse the links on this site. Some tours have already been 'tested' by friends and colleagues. Consult your travel agent now.

Adelaide has an international airport, around 7km from the city centre. It has direct connections to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and other SE Asian destinations. Make sure your travel agent knows this, as you may be able to arrange your flights to arrive directly from such overseas destinations.

Delegates from SE and E Asia have many direct flights to Australia (and very little jet lag). Delegates from Europe can travel via Southern Africa, SE Asia, Hong Kong or Japan. Delegates from America can travel via Japan, Hawaii, New Zealand and probably even more exotic routes. There are frequent connections by air with major Australian cities and tourist destinations, Adelaide and other international gateways in Australia.

Add value to your travel at little extra cost in airfares and visit other mycorrhiza centres in the region.

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO VISIT AUSTRALIA – It’s a big country so plan carefully and allow plenty of time.
Useful links:
Adelaide Public Transport System
South Australian Central
Scandinavian Australia New Zealand FriendshipAssociation


Australasian Committee:
Professor Sally E. Smith (The University of Adelaide)
Professor F. Andrew Smith (The University of Adelaide)
Associate Professor John W.G. Cairney (University of Western Sydney, Nepean)
Dr David Jasper (University of Western Australia)
Dr Ian R. Hall (New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research)
Others may be added in the near future

Local Committee:
Professor Sally E. Smith (Chair)
Professor F.Andrew Smith (Treasurer)
Dr Yongguan Zhu
Dr Sandy Dickson
Mr Tim Cavagnaro
Ms Debbie MiIller
Ms Sally Jay (Official Conference organiser)
Mr John Davey (Financial Assistance)
Mrs Alla Baklan (WEB Master)

All correspondence relating to the conference should be addressed to
Ms Sally Jay



Registration: Programme:
Sally Jay
P.O. Box 2331
Kent Town
South Australia

Phone/fax: +61 (08) 8362 0038
Professor Sally Smith
Department of Soil and Water
Waite Campus, The University of Adelaide
PMB 1, Glen Osmond
South Australia 5064.

Phone: +61 (08) 8303 7351
Fax: +61 (08) 8303 6511



Online Directory of Mycorrhizasts
Planning for the conference is now in progress.
Stand by for announcements which will be sent by email to all in the International Directory of Mycorrhizasts and Mycorrhizologists who attended ICOM 2.
The International Directory of Mycorrhizasts is now online at
This will be used for correspondence in relation to the 3rd International Conference on Mycorrhizas (ICOM3).
Please check your entry and send any changes and additions to Bob Auge at .
This will ensure that you receive all ICOM3 information.
Please spread the word amongst your colleagues, especially new ones who may not be in the directory.

Send new information to Bob Auge


Registration Information
Registration Form


A variety of accommodation has been booked within close proximity to the Convention Centre. Budget college accommodation commences at AUD$35 per night (which includes a cooked breakfast). A number of apartments have also been booked which are ideal for families and groups travelling together.


ICOM 1 was held in at the University of California, Berkeley, California in 1996
ICOM 1 WEB page

ICOM2 was held at the Swedish Agricultural University (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden in 1998. ICOM 2 WEB page


Expressions of interest for sponsorship are now being sought.

Please contact :
Sally Jay
Phone/fax: +61 (08) 8362 0038



ICOM 3 is proudly sponsored by:

Major Sponsors ($5000 and above)

The University of Adelaide
Grains Research & Development Corporation
New Phytologist
Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation
Canadian Journal of Botany
Kluwer Academic Publishers/Plant and Soil
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Australian Society of Plant Physiologists

The Cooperative Research Centre for Molecular Plant Breeding
The Australian Academy of Science
Centre for Plant Root Symbioses