Invited Speakers

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Keynote talk: Hemiptera and their Vectors: the Known and the Unknowns

Invited Speaker: Michael R. Wilson

Dept of Natural Sciences

National Museum of Wales

Cardiff, CF10 3NP, UK

Scientific profile: Dr. Wilson is Head of Entomology & Curator of Hemiptera at the National Museum of Wales. World leader in the field of systematics and biology of Auchenorryncha. He is responsible of an insect collection that consists of over a million species of which about half are British (the remainder are from many countries of the world). The British collection is a good representation of the species found in the UK. It is used as a reference for the identification of newly collected specimens and for comparison when we describe new species.



Keynote talk:  Plant-mediated interspecific competition between whiteflies

Invited Speaker : Shu-Sheng Liu

Institute of Insect Sciences

Zhejiang University

Hangzhou, China

 Scientific profile: Currently the major research interests in the Liu lab include behavioural, ecological, physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying the rapid invasion by alien whiteflies and the viruses they transmit, in particular plant-mediated whitefly-begomovirus interactions, the molecular mechanisms of begomovirus transmission by whiteflies, the systematics of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci complex, and the behavioural interactions between different species of whiteflies.



Keynote talk: Is the role of vector choice on disease epidemiology as simple as it appears to be?

Invited Speaker : Rodrigo Almeida

Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

University of California, Berkeley

Scientific profile: Research in the Almeida Lab focuses on the biology and ecology of insect-transmitted plant pathogens. Research tools and approaches range from field experiments and epidemiological studies to greenhouse experimental manipulations, as well as the functional characterization of pathogen genes involved in pathogen-vector-plant interactions and studies on pathogen diversity and evolution. Currently the group works primarily with the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa.



Keynote talk: Differential transmission of criniviruses and begomoviruses by whiteflies of the Bemisia tabaci complex

Invited Speaker: Jesús Navas-Castillo

Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea “La Mayora” (IHSM-UMA-CSIC)

Algarrobo-Costa, Málaga, Spain

Scientific Proflie: His current research is focused to the study of whitefly-transmitted viruses that affect solanaceous crops as tomato including criniviruses and begomoviruses. Also, he is involved in research on sweet potato viruses and persistent avocado viruses. Understanding mechanisms and molecular determinants associated with virus-whitefly interactions allowing transmission is a main goal of his research.


Keynote talk: Role of MIF immune regulators in plant-aphid interactions

Invited Speaker: Christine Coustau

CNRS. Institut Sophia Agrobiotech

Sophia Antipolis, France

Scientific profile: Dr. Coustau is Director of Research at CNRS. The general aim of her team is to identify insect defense mechanisms and their evolution, with a special interest in molecular processes involved in survival to xenobiotics, adaptation to plant host toxic compounds or plant immune responses and survival to pathogenic aggressors. Recent work includes the functional and evolutionary study of aphid immune regulators (cytokines) involved in manipulating the host plant immune responses.



Invited Speaker: Michael E. Rogers

Keynote talk: Management of the Asian Citrus Psyllid and Citrus Greening Disease

University of Florida, IFAS, Citrus Research & Education Center

Scientific profile: Dr. Michael E. Rogers is Center Director and Associate Professor of Entomology at the University of Florida, IFAS, Citrus Research & Education Center (CREC) in Lake Alfred, FL, USA. He is responsible for development of statewide IPM programs for citrus pests. The primary focus of Rogers’ research is understanding the feeding behavior of the Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) and using that knowledge to improve psyllid management programs used by Florida citrus growers to manage the psyllid-spread bacterium which causes citrus greening disease. Current studies inlcude use of electropenetrography (EPG) to study host-plant resistance and the effects of insecticides on D. citri feeding behaviors responsible for pathogen transmission.