3rd Announcement

3rd Hemipteran-Plant Interactions Symposium

 Madrid. Spain. June 4-8, 2017




HPIS-program FINAL-2


Main Campus of the Spanish Research Council

(Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Agrarias, CSIC)

Address: Calle Serrano 117. Madrid. Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/RHxyMbcyN782


From the Airport: The easiest way is to pick the Metro Line #8 at the Airport to the Gregorio Marañon Station (you need to change lines at Nuevos Ministerios Station and take line 10). Then, there is an 8 min walk to the CSIC campus. Alternatively, you can take a taxi at the airport (fixed cost of 30 euros) . To go directly to the CSIC Residencia for Registration ask the Taxi driver to go to street Calle Pinar 21, which is just behind the CSIC administration building. If you arrive on Saturday or Sunday you will find the entrance door closed. Please ring the bell and tell the doorman you are going to the Residencia.

From the Train Station: You can take a Metro at the Atocha train Station to Gregorio Marañon Station and then walk to CSIC.  A taxi will cost around 10 euros.


  • Call for Abstracts: September 1st, 2016 – February 15th, 2017
  • Late Registration: December 16th, 2016 – 30th, May, 2017

CientificaHemipterans are probably the most damaging agricultural pests worldwide not only as direct pests but also most importantly as vectors of plant pathogens. This is because of their unique feeding habits, great dispersal capacity, high population growth rate and ability to adapt and explore new habitats. Consequently, Hemipterans are well known as drivers of the emergence of new and existing plant-pathogenic viral and bacterial diseases. Examples of hemipterans acting as vectors of devastating emerging diseases in agriculture in the last decade include phloem feeders such as psyllids, transmitting Candidatus Liberibacter spp. associated with citrus huanglongbing, potato zebra chip and other vegetable disorders, as well as xylem-feeders such as sharpshoorters and spittlebugs, transmitting Xylella fastidiosa to vineyards in the USA or to olives in Italy. In addition, whiteflies and aphids cause year after year serious problems as virus vectors in horticultural crops all over the world.

Hemipterans are also well known because of their high ability to develop resistance to insecticides, overcome host plant resistance genes and lack of susceptibility to most modern biotechnology-based approaches (eg. BT crops).

Consequently, an interdisciplinary discussion forum of scientists working in different aspects of Hemipteran-Plant Interactions is strongly needed to tackle existing and future threats.

The next 2017 Hemipteran-Plant Interactions Symposium (HPIS 2017) to be held in Madrid, Spain is the 3rd of the series (1st in Piracicaba, Brazil in 2011; 2nd in Riverside, CA, USA in 2014) and will bring together entomologists with expertise in phytophagous hemipterans and their host-plant interactions, plant physiologists and molecular biologists with expertise in plant defense, plant pathologists interested in transmission of plant pathogens, plant breeders and crop management specialists interested in pest and disease control.

Presentations will be organized in cohesive sections covering a broad range of studies from basic aspects of systematics and plant-insect-pathogen interactions to more applied approaches focused on management of Hemipteran pests/plant diseases.

The symposium will cover the following sections:

  1. Hemipteran Systematics & Genomics
  2. Xylem Feeders
  3. Phloem & Mesophyll Feeders
  4. Hemiptera-Symbiont Interactions
  5. Hemiptera-Plant Pathogen Interactions
  6. Insect-Plant Dialog
  7. Pest/Disease Management

Each section will include a keynote presentation by an internationally reknown researcher.  Each section also will include submitted oral and poster presentations by participants.

In addition, a 3-day satellite Workshop on Feeding Behaviour of Piercing Sucking Insects will be held just after the Symposium (June 8-10).

The HPIS 2017 will give participants a lifetime’s opportunity to enjoy the historic cities of Toledo and Segovia, as they are within a 1h-drive from Madrid city. In addition, visits to Cordoba and Granada will be organized by a travel agency.

A HPIS-program FINAL is already available but more details will be coming soon in future announcements.


Please forward this to anyone whom you think may be interested and hope to see you in Madrid in June, 2017.

The Scientific Committee:

The Organizing Committee

  • Alberto Fereres, CSIC, Madrid, Spain. (a.fereres@csic.es)
  • Aranzazu Moreno, CSIC, Madrid, Spain (amoreno@ica.csic.es)
  • Elisa Garzo, CSIC, Madrid, Spain (elisa.garzo@ica.csic.es)
  • Maria Plaza, CSIC, Madrid, Spain (mariap@ica.csic.es)
  • Francisco Ruiz, Universidad de Granada, Spain (ruizraya.f@gmail.com)