Plenary Sessions and Symposia

Division Title Organizer Speakers
Plenary Diseases of Mass-Reared Insects for Sterile Insect Technique Adly Abdallah (IAEA),
Johannes A. Jehle (Julius Kühn Institute)
  1. Rui Cardoso Pereira, Insect Pest Control Section, Joint FAO/IAEA Center, Austria: “The Sterile Insect Technique: its application and challenges”
  2. Erin Schuenzel, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA: “The application of culturing, DNA and RNA community sequencing in identifying and developing diagnostic assays for microbial pathogens in Anastrepha ludens mass-rearing facilities”
  3. Irene Meki, Animal Production and Health Section, Joint FAO/IAEA Centre, Austria: “Management of viruses in insect mass rearing facilities for the sterile insect technique: Glossina pallidipes salivary gland hypertrophy virus (GpSGHV) as an example”
  4. Sean Moore, Citrus Research International, South Africa: “Challenges and solutions to viral contamination in mass rearing of codling moth and false codling moth for the sterile insect technique”
Microsporidia Current and future Applications of Microsporidia Research Susan Bjornson
  1. Jamie Bojko, National Horizons Centre, Teesside University, UK : “Microsporidian Taxonomy: Things to tie up”
  2. Courtney MacInnis & Stephen F. Pernal, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Beaverlodge, Canada: “Effects of Vairimorpha (Nosema) ceranae and Lotmaria passim infections on honey bee behaviour and physiology”
  3. Amjad Khalaf, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK: “Microsporidian Genome Polyploidy: Tales of polyploidy, rearrangements, and recombination”
  4. Tian Li, State Key Laboratory of Resource Insects, Southwest University, Chongqing, China: “The molecular mechanisms underlying the vertical transmission of Nosema bombycis in silkworms provide an opportunity for molecular breeding”
Viruses Endogenized Viruses Monique van Oers Salvador Herrero
  1. Elisabeth Huguet, University of Tours, UFR, Insect Biology Research Institute, France: "Endogenized nudiviruses in parasitic wasps and their fate in caterpillar hosts"
  2. Julien Varaldi, Laboratory of Biometry and Evolutionary Biology, Lyon, France: "Filamentoviridae, an ancient family of DNA viruses that influence both the short- and long-term evolution in host-parasitoid systems"
  3. Mariangela Bonizzoni, University of Pavia, Italy “Endogenous Viral Elements in arboviral vectors: from discovery to functions”
  4. Clément Gilbert, CNRS-IRD-Université Paris Saclay, France: "The diversity and impact of endogenous viral elements in insects"
Diseases of Beneficial Insects Sex-distorting Parasites: pathological and ecological Consequences Jamie Bojko
  1. Richard Cordaux, Institut Diversité Ecologie et Evolution du Vivant, IDEEV Université Paris-Saclay France: "Sex ratio distorters and the evolution of host sex determination mechanisms"
  2. Markus Riegler, Western Sydney University, Australia: "A tale of two endosymbionts that affect host fitness and sex allocation via egg-size provisioning in a haplodiploid insect species"
  3. April Blakeslee, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA: "Invasion of the body snatchers: the role of parasite introduction in host distribution and response to salinity in invaded estuaries"
  4. Jirka Petersen, Wageningen University & Research - WUR, The Netherlands: "Pathological dynamics of the sexually transmitted betanudivirus HzNV-1"
Nematodes Past, present and future of entomopathogenic Nematodes: 100 years of Research David Shapiro-Ilan
Ivan Hiltpold
  1. Selcuk Hazir & David Shapiro-Ilan, Aydın Adnan Menderes University, Turkey: “Past, Present and Future of Xenorhabdus and Photorhabdus bacteria”
  2. Patricia Stock, California State University, Chico, USA: “How molecules and molecular tools have intertwined in in the discovery and life history of entomopathogenic nematodes”
  3. Dana Ment, Agricultural Research Institute ARO, Volcani Institute, Israel: "Bringing EPNs to higher levels – research for off-ground application”
  4. David Shapiro-Ilan, USDA, Fruit and Tree Nut Research, USA: “Advances in Formulation and Application Technology for Entomopathogenic Nematodes”
  5. Ivan Hiltpold, Agroscope, Switzerland: “EPN chemical ecology”
Fungi Fungal Interaction and Management of beneficial Insects Nemat Keyhani
Jae Su Kim
  1. Charissa de Bekker, Utrecht University, The Netherlands: "Integrative investigations into the strategies of zombie-making Ophiocordyceps to manipulate carpenter ant behavior"
  2. Pablo Cruz-Morales, The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby , Denmark: "A biosynthetic survey of entomopathogenic fungi"
  3. Ibtissem Ben Fekih, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liege, Gembloux, Belgium: "Entomopathogenic fungi and insect predators teaming up against aphids: Friend or foe?"
  4. Chengshu Wang, ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai, China: “Isolation of a probiotic bacterium to protect silkworms against fungal parasites”
  5. Natalia González Mas, University of Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain: “Interaction of endophytic Beauveria bassiana with predators and parasitoids for hemipteran pest control in horticulture”
Bacteria Physiology, Safety and Taxonomy of bacterial Pesticides Ben Raymond
Bill (William) Moar
  1. Monika Ehling-Schulz, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria: ”Bacillus thuringiensis at the cross roads: Insights into enteropathogenicity of Bacillus cereus group”
  2. Leyla Slamti, French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE), Microbiologie de l'Alimentation au Service de la Santé Humaine (MICALIS): "Phenotypic heterogeneity during the infection cycle of Bacillus thuringiensis"
  3. Conceptción (Conchi) Novillo, Bayer Crop Science, Madrid, Spain: "Assessing insecticidal protein safety without HOSU or source organism"
  4. Annika Gillis, Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: “Towards a consensus taxonomy of the Bacillus cereus group of bacteria in the sequencing era”
Microbial Control Microbial Marvels: Shaping the Future of Integrated Pest Management Chad Keyser
  1. Eleanor Dearlove, ADAS Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Mansfield, UK: “Getting more for your money. Can we exploit interactions of microbial and chemical pesticides for increased pest control?”
  2. Edith Ladurner, CBC (Europe) - BIOGARD Division, Italy: “Testing Microbial Pest Control Products as components of IPM programs: considerations for appropriate trial design”
  3. Roma Gwynn, Biorationale, Edinburgh, UK: “Future position of Biocontrol in Integrated Pest Management”

Cross/Pan-Division Symposia:

Division Title Organizer Speakers
Diseases of Beneficial Insects Bacteria
Diseases in Invertebrates for Feed and Food: Global Perspectives Vera Ros
Helen Hesketh
Christina Nielsen-LeRoux
  1. Elisabeth Herniou, University of Tours, France: "Challenges of pathogens detection in insect mass rearing: Advances from the Insect Doctors program for improved diagnostic"
  2. Chrysanthus Mbi Tanga, ICIPE, Nairobi, Kenya: “Emerging threats to black soldier fly farming in Africa”
  3. Kelly S. Bateman, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), UK: “Diseases in shrimp aquaculture”
  4. Edouard Bessette, University of Exeter, UK: “Microsporidia and protist parasites in reared insect hosts”

Microbial Control
New under the Sun - Progress in Mass production and formulation of Microbials Dana Ment
Patricia Navarro
Chad Keyser
  1. Enrique Quesada-Moraga, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain: “Worldwide microbial pest control agents or environmentally competent ones?"
  2. Omri Mayer, BioDalia Microbiological Technologies, Yokneam Illit, Israel: “Novel Bt product quest“
  3. Sean Moore, Citrus Research International, Mpumalanga, South Africa: “Virus production challenges and formulation“

Panel Discussion/Workshop:

Division Title Organizer Speakers
Taxonomic Vandalism and its Implications in Invertebrate Pathology Patricia Stock
Chengshu Wang
  1. Richard Humber, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA: "Back to Basics: Reconciling Conflicting Taxonomic Practices
  2. Nemat Oliver Keyhani, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA: "Fungal community dynamics surrounding mycosed invertebrates and isolation of new entomopathogenic fungal species”
  3. Kathryn Bushley, US Department Agriculture, ARS, Ithaca, USA: “A brief history of Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana species taxonomies: Resolving historical problems and addressing future challenges”
  4. Vladimir Puza, Institute of Entomology ASCR, České Budějovice, Czechia: “Addressing Taxonomic Vandalism in Entomopathogenic Nematodes: Reflections on Past Successes and Future Challenges”
  5. Ricardo Machado, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland: “Current methods for the taxonomy and systematics of the entomopathogenic bacterial genera Photorhabdus and Xenorhabdus”