Mold, yeast, mushroom. Beer, cheese, antibiotic. Thrush, rot, blight. Fungi touch so many aspects of our lives! Learning more about how fungi grow, search for food, and overcome obstacles is important for health, agriculture, and industry. The First Fungus Olympic Games will pit filamentous fungi against each other as they navigate a microscale obstacle course. The fungus that is fastest, strongest, and most agile will be the winner. But, everyone will benefit from the insights gained in this crowd-sourced, worldwide tournament.
Sign up your lab and enter up to six strains to race.
Schedule a time for your lab to receive a microscope and microfluidic devices to be used in the race.
Microscope images will be uploaded to the cloud for real time analysis and tracking.
Winners will be determined for multiple race categories.
Some of the best scientists from across the World will participate in the 2020 Fungus Olympics.
Twentynine teams from eleven countries on five continents signed up for the last Fungus Olympics, in 2018. Learn more about some of these teams from their interviews with Fungitown.
Now that you signed-up for the Olympics, what next?
Teams can come from academic institutions, industry, government labs, school groups—anyone with a fungus to enter in the games and a place to conduct the experiments. All teams must submit full strain information on the fungus they enter, agree with uploading their images to the cloud, and agree to the publication of the data generated. We plan to prepare a manuscript describing the results of the Fungus Olympic competition. All teams will be contacted to see if they wish to participate in the analysis of Fungus Olympic data and writing process. Those who make a substantial contribution will be included as authors, others will be acknowledged. We hope to award prizes in for the winners in various categories. We are still seeking sponsorship, so don’t yet have details on what the prizes will be, in addition to awesome bragging rights, of course.
Sponsors and supporters of the 2020 Fungus Olympics