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ICOM10 local organizing committee

ICOM10 is organized and supported by the International Mycorrhiza Society (IMS) and the Mexican Mycorrhiza Society (SOMESIMI). IMS president Francis Martin, treasurer Miranda Hart and scientific committee are working with SOMESIMI´s local organizing committee:




Javier Álvarez-Sánchez (Chair)
General coordinator

PhD in Science with Biology as a major at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Senior Head Professor at the Ecology and Natural Resources Department of the Faculty of Sciences at UNAM. He is the chief of Soil Ecology Laboratory, studying factors that determine the structure and functioning of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi communities and their associated biota. He is Professor of Ecology for undergraduate courses, and of mycorrhizal fungi in the course of Basic Elements of Science in the Sustainability Sciences graduate program.

He has been President and Treasurer of the Botanical Society of Mexico, and President of the Mexican Mycorrhiza Society, Research Manager and General Manager of the Biology Department and Ecology and the Natural Resources Department, and currently Secretary of Academic Integration and Communication in the Faculty of Sciences.



 Mayra E Gavito (Co-chair)
Scientific program coordinator

Mayra is a Senior Scientist at the Ecosystems and Sustainability Research Institute (IIES), Campus Morelia, of the National Autonomus University of Mexico (UNAM). She coordinates the Sustainable Soils research group and her research focuses on soil ecology and sustainable management in agriculture and rangelands. Mycorrhizal associations are one her favorite and most studied interactions because she believes they are crucial for soil health, quality and sustainable management. She teaches a graduate course on mycorrhizal associations and supervises students in the Biological Sciences and Sustainability Sciences graduate programs.



Ignacio E. Maldonado-Mendoza 
Keynote speakers and session chairs coordination

 Ignacio is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Biotechnology in the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico (IPN) and studies arsenic transport in the arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) symbiosis and the diversity of AM fungi, fungal symbionts of most plants, which can benefit nutritionally several commercial crops. He also studies a tripartite interaction between a pathogenic fungus, a bacterium and a plant. Ignacio also directs the Molecular Ecology of the Rhizosphere Lab in Sinaloa, Mexico.

Roberto Garibay
Keynote speakers and session chairs coordination

Roberto is a senior scientist at the Biology Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) where he is head of the systematics and ecology of mycorrhizal fungi lab. He gives undergraduate and graduate courses on fungal ecology, molecular biology and mycorrhizas. His main research interests focus on the sustainable use and management of ectomycorrhizal fungi based on the knowledge of their systematics, ecology, life cycle, traditional knowledge and biotechnology. He is current president of the Mexican Mycological Society.

Rocío Vega Frutis
Poster coordinator

Rocío is a tenured researcher in the Biology Program at the Autonomous University of Nayarit, Mexico. She is studying the evolutionary ecology of plant-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in sexually dimorphic/trimorphic species. Her work integrates field and greenhouse experiments and biotic and abiotic aspects to detect patterns, and understand mechanisms and processes driving the symbiotic fungal interactions in dimorphic/trimorphic plant species. Recently, she has started to work with the effect that land-use change has on diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in vulnerable ecosystems, such as tropical cloud forest.


Sara Lucía Camargo
Workshop coordination

Sara Lucía Camargo-Ricalde, PhD, is Professor at the Autonomous Metropolitan University, Iztapalapa Campus, Mexico City. Her main line of research is the study of the biology and ecology of shrubs and trees in arid and semi-arid Mexican ecosystems, mainly of the genus Mimosa (Leguminosae, Mimosoideae). Additionally, using different species of Mimosa as a biological model (resource island system), she has carried out research concerning the seasonal variation of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their taxonomy; as well as the role of biological crusts within these ecosystems. Recently, she has included the effect of climate change in order to model possible changes in the known and potential distribution of Mimosa and the microorganisms under study. Her final research interests are related to ecological restoration, and the management and conservation of biodiversity.


Irene Sánchez Gallén

Irene works at the Faculty of Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is a member of the Soil Ecology group and her main lines of research are the community ecology of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and the interrelationship among the above and belowground components of an ecosystem, predominantly in the tropical rain forest. Also, she is a teacher of Ecology in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Dora Trejo 
Conference awards coordination

Dr. Dora Trejo Aguilar is a Professor at the School of Agriculture, Universidad Veracruzana, where she conducts research on a system for producing inoculum of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and  their potential use in the agriculture.  She also produces and provides mycorrhizal biofertilizer to farmers and develops methods for its application in the field.

Tztzqui Chávez
Workshop coordination

Dr. Ana Tztzqui Chávez-Bárcenas, Ph. D. in Plant Biotechnology. Tenured researcher and professor in the Agronomy Program at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (The State University of Michoacan), in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico. She is interested in how beneficial soil bacteria and fungi impact plant development and plant environmental responses; as well as their biotechnological potential in sustainable agriculture programs. Her work has been focused on the isolation and characterization of autoctonous beneficial soil microorganisms from Mexico and their effect in the development of plants. Additonally she studies the mechanisms involved in carbon partitioning in plants under symbiotic conditions.

Patricia Guadarrama
Merida local logistics and support

Patricia Guadarrama, PhD, is Academic Tecnician at the Unidad Multidisciplinaria de Docencia e Investigación, UNAM Sisal, Yucatán. Her main line of research is the study of the biology and ecology of plants in natural and transformed coastal ecosystems. The effect of the arbuscular fungi association in survival and plats growth and uses like biofertilizant in crops and restoration programs.

Rosalva García
Keynote speakers and session chairs coordination

Dr. Rosalva García-Sánchez. Tenured professor in the Biologycal Program, at the Faculty of Professional Studies Zaragoza UNAM. She is interested in the knowledge of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their ecological potential to restore soils. Her work has focused on the characterization of the AMF associated with useful wild plants in dry ecosystems (xerophytic scrub) and in temperate forests.

José Alberto Ramos Zapata
Merida local logistics and support

José Alberto Ramos-Zapata, is a researcher at the Autonomous University of Yucatán (México), and former president of the SOMESIMI (Mexican Society of Mycorrhizal Symbiosis), 2010-2016.  Jose´s main research focus is the ecology of arbuscular mycorrhizae in tropical environments in both natural and human-transformed habitats, and for this he uses different approaches including both field and greenhouse experiments. He is currently particularly interested in the evolutionary implications of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis with weeds in stressful environments, as well as in the ecological role of this mutualistic interaction in wetlands.