Workshop and Symposia

Divisional Symposia

Virus Division Symposium

Title: Interactions between arboviruses and their vectors

Chairs: Karyn Johnson and Rollie Clem

1. Rollie Clem (Kansas State University) “Barriers to arbovirus infection in mosquitoes”
2. Lyric Bartholomay (University of Wisconsin-Madison) “Mosquito and viral determinants that condition host specificity, tissue tropisms and transmission: spotlight on the flaviviruses”
3. Jody Peters (The University of Queensland) Commensal Viruses of Mosquitoes: Host Restriction, Transmission, and Interaction with Arboviral Pathogens
4. Sassan Asgari (The University of Queensland) Contribution of microRNAs in mosquito-virus interactions

Nematode Division Symposium

Title: Use of Parasitic Nematodes to Control Pine-Killing Woodwasps

Organiser: Ann Hajek

1.  Robin Bedding
2.  Helen Nahrung
3.  Ann Hajek
4.  Bernard Slippers
5.  Jeremy Allison

Cross Divisional Symposium (Virus and Diseases of Beneficial Insects)

Title: Nimravidae: an extending family

Organisers: Kelly Bateman and Just Vlak

Speakers t.b.c. Symposium presentations will focus on White Spot Syndrome Virus and impacts on Crustacea with talks on WSSV and the recent outbreaks in Australia as well as considering new and emerging Nimaviruses.

1.  Overview of WSSV and its emergence
2.  Overview of recent outbreaks in Australia
3.  Other Nimaviruses highlighting the RVCM-like virus - Kelly Bateman
4.  Potential future therapies

Diseases of Beneficial Insects Division Symposium

Title: Health issues of bee and non-bee pollinators

Organisers: Helen Hesketh and Elke Genersch

Speakers t.b.c. Symposium presentations will focus on research concerning pathogens and impacts on pollinator health, including talks on managed and non-managed bees, as well as important non-bee pollinators.

Fungal Division Symposium

Title: Fungus-insect interactions in post genomic era: Advances and perspectives

Organisers: Chengshu Wang.

Tentative speakers:
1.  Dr. Weiguo Fang, Lifestyle switch control in Metarhizium robertsii
2.  Dr. Nemat Keyhani, Transcriptional control of secondary metabolisms and host interactions in Beauveria bassiana
3.  Dr. Bruno G. G. Donzelli, Chemical biology of fungus-insect interactions
4.  Dr. Sibao Wang, Interaction with the gut microbiota to accelerate the mortality of mosquitos infected by Beauveria bassiana
5.  Dr. Chengshu Wang, Genomic perspectives of fungus-insect interactions

Bacterial Division Symposia

Title: Insect resistance mechanisms to Bt.

Organiser: David Heckel

1.  Simon Baxter, University of Adelaide, Australia. Bt resistance in Plutella xylostella
2.  Sharon Downes, CSIRO, Narrabri, Australia. F1 and F2 screens of field populations of Helicoverpa.
3.  Tom Walsh, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia. Resistance to VIP3A
4.  Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes, University of Tennessee, USA. Cry1F resistance in Spodoptera frugiperda.
5.  Ping Wang, Cornell University, USA. Cry1A and Cry2B resistance in Trichoplusia ni (pending)
6.  Ryoichi Sato, Tokyo University of Applied Technology, Japan. ABC proteins in Bt resistance (pending).

Title: Insecticidal protein structures

Organisers: Mark Hurst and Trevor Jackson

1.  Glenn King, University of Queensland, Australia. Cryo structure and binding of insect active spider venoms, commercial development of venom-derived insecticidal toxins, encompassing the recently determined 3.0 Å resolution cryo-EM structure of one of these toxins bound to an insect voltage-gated sodium channel.
2.  Michael Landsberg, University of Queensland, Australia. Resolved cryo structure of the Yen-TC toxin complex , the Yen-TC is unique TC with associated chitinases (non-SIP member)
3.  Irene Chassagnon, University of Queensland, Australia. TBA
4.  Shaun Lott, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Crystal structure of an insect active Rhs element and its ability to complement the Yen TC -evolutionary implications
5.  Alok Mitra, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Cryo-structure of the Anti feeding prophage a unique insect active mobile virus like particle
6.  Michelle Dunstone, Binary toxins Monash University, Australia. Pleurotolysin: a pore forming toxin from the carnivorous oyster mushroom" mechanism of binary toxin pore formation? some of these are nematode active
7.  Bradley Spicer, Monash University, Australia."Lessons from the vertebrate immune system: how the Membrane Attack Complex (MAC) shoots an evolutionary moving targe"

Title: Plenary Symposium. Insect pathology and microbial control – progress and prospects in the Asia-Pacific region

Chair/Organiser. Trevor Jackson

1.  Travis Glare – Microbial control in New Zealand
2.  Carrie Hauxwell – Microbial control in pest management and IRMS in Australia
3.  China – TBA
4.  Norman Kamarudin - Microbial control as a component of IPM in the production of oil palm in SE Asia (pending)
5.  Sean Marshall – Microbial control for the Pacific Island states.

Symposium: The challenge of CRB-G to palm production in the Pacific and prospects for microbial control

Chairs/Organisers: Trevor Jackson and Sean Marshall

1.  Sean Marshall – Progress with control of CRB-G with OrNV
2.  Madoka Nakai – Factors in resistance of CRB-G to OrNV
3.  Aubrey Moore – Challenges of CRB-G invasion in Guam
4.  Mark Ero – CRB management in PNG.
5.  Maclean Vaqalo – SPC response
6.  Nur Ain – Cell line production of OrNv and effect on CRB
7.  Trevor Jackson – Challenges for the future of microbial control in the Asia/Pacific region


Protein specificity and its impact on safety and resistance

Date: Sunday 12 August
Time: 1pm - 5pm
Details: TBA