The network was initiated in 2011 by Dr Joan Edwards following the realization that not all anaerobic fungal researchers were based in the same research field, with many never crossing paths.

Since this beginning, it has now become an internationally recognized platform for the co-ordination, promotion and dissemination of anaerobic fungal knowledge and activities.

The network currently includes 55 researchers representing over 25 organisations in 13 different countries spread world-wide – with membership continuing to expand. It has been particularly exciting to see the number of ‘new’ research organisations working on anaerobic fungi.

The network  is currently run by Joan Edwards, Sandra Kittelmann, Sumit Singh Dagar  and Daniel Hohlweck.