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
  2. Erin Schuenzel, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA
  3. Irene Meki, Animal Production and Health Section, Joint FAO/IAEA Centre, Austria
  4. Sean More, Citrus Research International, South Africa
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. Yanping (Judy) Chen, USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory, Beltsville, USA: “Integrative Multi-omics Approaches for Discovery of New Drug Targets for Honeybee Nosema Disease”
  3. 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”
  4. Amjad Khalaf, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK: “Microsporidian Genome Polyploidy”
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. Gilbert Clément, 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 Centurial Anniversary of EPN Research (re-named):
Past, present and future of entomopathogenic Nematodes: 100 years of Research
David Shapiro-Ilan
Ivan Hiltpold
  1. Selcuk Hazir, Aydın Adnan Menderes University, Aydın Adnan Menderes University, Turkey: “Fabclavine: One gun, multiple target”
  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”
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 Kathryn Bushley, US Department Agriculture, ARS, Ithaca, USA: “Fungal parasites of nematode eggs for biocontrol of the soybean cyst nematode”

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. 3. Kelly S. Bateman, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), UK: “Diseases in shrimp aquaculture”

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”