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Welcome to IMA International Mycological Association

Welcome to IMA
International Mycological Association

The International Mycological Association, founded in 1971, represents the interests of over 30,000 mycologists worldwide. It is a none for profit organization, the purpose of which is the encouragement of mycology in all its branches. This implies that the IMA should strive to promote mycology in its widest sense. For its four year term until the IMC congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2022, the Executive Committee and the Officers of the IMA will strive to:

  • Provide useful information and links on the website, to strengthen mycological integration and collaboration;
  • Promote open access of mycological journals and books, and support the flagship journals of our science to be more competitive with those of other sciences;
  • Establish online repositories under the auspices and management of the IMA, to which members can contribute and own;

Establish a promotional platform for all aspects of mycology in the IMA, which would enhance the visibility of our science.



IMA Fungus is the flagship journal of the International Mycological Association, published under contract on its behalf by BioMed Central (part of Springer-Nature). It is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, full colour, fast-track journal. Papers on any aspect of mycology are considered, and published on-line with final pagination after proofs are corrected; taxonomic novelties are then effectively and validly published under the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants. The journal strongly supports good practice policies, and requires voucher specimens or cultures to be deposited in a public collection with an online database, DNA sequences in GenBank, alignments in TreeBASE, and validating information on new scientific names, including typifications, to be accessioned in MycoBank. News, meeting reports, personalia, significant research developments, correspondence, book reviews, and information on forthcoming international meetings are included in each issue.


MycoBank is the on-line repository and nomenclatural registry provided in collaboration between the International Mycological Association and the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute. It provides a free service to the mycological and scientific society by databasing mycological nomenclatural novelties (new names and combinations) and associated data, such as descriptions, illustrations and DNA barcodes. Nomenclatural novelties are each allocated a unique MycoBank number to be cited in the publication where the nomenclatural novelty is introduced, to conform with the requirements of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants. 

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