Photo by Bruno Espinosa

Photo by Bruno Espinosa

Photo by Bruno Espinosa

Photo by Bruno Espinosa

Scientific Programme

09:00 - 10:00Plenary Lecture - MARCEL DICKE
10:00 - 10:30Coffee Break
10:30 - 15:00(only for invited) iPLANTA workshop on “Biosafety issues associated with RNAi”


Agricultural and forest entomology

New approaches for the management of agricultural and forest pests

Time Title Oral Presentation Affiliation
10:30 - 11:00Climate change and biological control - too hot for some!Zalucki MyronUQ, Australia
11:00 - 11:15Using population genetics and genomic approaches to decipher the recent history of forest pest insects and improve management strategiesKerdelhué CaroleINRA, France
11:15 - 11:30Multi-tactic strategies for the management of plant feeding mitesde Lillo EnricoUniversity of Bari, Italy
11:30 - 11:45A nested DNA barcode approach to define trophic interactions between native and exotic stinkbugs and their parasitoidsGariepy TaraAAFC, Canada
11:45 - 12:00Improving protection of plants against insect herbivores by decrypting plant natural defence mechanismsRasmann SergioUniversité de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
12:00 - 12:15Efficiency of induced plant defenses against insect feeding damages at different risk levelsFedderwitz FraukeSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
12:15 - 12:30Merging DNA-metabarcoding and ecological network analysis to understand and build resilient farmland ecosystemsEvans DarrenNewcastle University, UK
12:30 - 12:45From lab to registration: an Attract & Kill control strategy for wireworms in potato production systemsVidal StefanGoettingen University, Germany
12:45 - 13:00High proportion of granivory in carabids emphasize importance of weed seed predation in arable landGuenay YaseminInstitute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research (IGF), Austria



Mechanisms of learning and memory

Time Title Oral Presentation Affiliation
10:30 - 11:00Cellular resolution of mnemonic mechanisms in Drosophila  Waddell ScottUniversity of Oxford, UK
11:00 - 11:15Synaptic de-correlation in the mushroom body underlies odor learning in DrosophilaFiala AndréMax Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
11:15 - 11:30Integration of parallel opposing memories underlies memory extinction in DrosophilaJacob PedroUniversity of Oxford, UK
11:30 - 11:45Trace conditioning - how insects associate temporally separated stimuliSzyszka PaulUniversitat Konstanz, Germany
11:45 - 12:00Temporal pattern learning in beesVersace ElisabettaQueen Mary University of London, UK
12:00 - 12:15Handling of morphologically complex flowers by bumblebeesKrishna ShivaniUniversity of Haifa-Oranim, Israel
12:15 - 12:30Genomic and regulatory basis of improved learning ability in parasitoid wasp selection linesEllers JacinthaVrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
12:30 - 12:45Imprinting alters Drosophila sex pheromone responseCazale-Debat LaurieINRA, France
12:45 - 13:00Comparative efficacy of ovitrap colour and pattern to attract mosquitoes in different localities of LahoreManzoor FarkhandaLahore College for women University, Pakistan


Chemical ecology and multitrophic interactions

Molecular basis of insect communication

Time Title Oral Presentation Affiliation
10:30 - 11:00Molecular basis of Lepidoptera chemical communication: functional studies of odorant receptors from an herbivorous speciesJacquin-Joly EmmanuelleINRA, France
11:00 - 11:15Role of the taste in host plant acceptance by adult females and larvae of Papilio hospiton GénéCrnjar RobertoUniversity of Cagliari, Italy
11:15 - 11:30The sister-species approach in entomology and its importance in disentangling genomics, physiology and ecology of speciesRota Stabelli OmarFondazione Edmund Mach, Italy
11:30 - 11:45Resistance to GMOs and pheromone mediated mating in the fall armywormMcNeil JeremyWestern University, Canada
11:45 - 12:00Gene Expression pattern of Aedes aegypti courtship behavior: a chemoecolgy point of view Ribolla PauloSao Paulo State University, Brasil
12:00 - 12:15Exploring the chemoreceptor repertoire and the Orco-RNAi induced behavioral phenotypes in the olive fruit fly, Bactrocera oleae (Diptera: Tephritidae)Tsoumani KonstantinaUniversity of Thessaly, Greece
12:15 - 12:30Elevated CO2 concentrations impact the semiochemistry of aphid honeydew without cascade effect on an aphid predatorBlanchard SolèneInstitut Pasteur de Guadeloupe
12:30 - 12:45The role of cuticular hydrocarbons in mate recognition in Drosophila suzukiiCallaerts PatrickKatholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
12:45 - 13:00Functional characterization of olfactory receptors from Spodoptera littoralis caterpillars through heterologous expression in Xenopus oocytes.Caballero Vidal GabrielaINRA, France


Genetics and evolutionary biology

Evolutionary Genomics

Time Title Oral Presentation Affiliation
10:30 - 11:00Evolutionary-functional genomics for arthropod characterisation, control, and conservation.Waterhouse RobertUniversity of Lausanne and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland
11:00 - 11:15Activity of the mariner transposable element in Drosophila simulans: males vs femalesCapy PierreUniversity of Paris, France
11:15 - 11:30Insight into the distribution and variability of viral integrations in the genome of the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictusBonizzoni MariangelaUniversity of Pavia, Italy
11:30 - 11:45The genome of Drosophila subpulchrella and the evolution of fresh fruit feeding in Drosophila suzukii: a comparative genomics approach Ometto LinoIndependent researcher Mezzocorona, Italy
11:45 - 12:00Houseflies as model for studying transitions in insect sex determinationBeukeboom LeoUniversity of Groningen, The Netherlands
12:00 - 12:15Pan-arthropod analysis reveals somatic piRNAs as an ancestral defence against transposable elementsLewis SamuelUniversity of Cambridge, UK
12:15 - 12:30Progress in understanding the evolution of sex chromosomes in moths and butterfliesMarec FrantisekInstitute of Entomology, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
12:30 - 12:45Gene regulatory evolution underlying the loss of a polygenic metabolic functionEllers JacinthaVrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
12:45 - 13:00Genome sequence of Campodea augens, a blind soil-dwelling arthropod belonging to the hexapod order DipluraManni MosèUniversity of Geneva, Switzerland


Social Insects and Apidology

Social and Individual Immunity

Time Title Oral Presentation Affiliation
10:30 - 11:00Social immunity: Regulation of collective disease defencesUgelvig Line VUniversity of Copenhagen, Denmark
11:00 - 11:15Growing up with feces: waste mediated starvation resistance & social immunity in an insect with facultative maternal careKörner MaximilianUniversity of Mainz, Germany
11:15 - 11:30Of mites and beetles: ecological interactions modulate social immunity Duarte AnaUniversity of Exeter, UK
11:30 - 11:45Superorganism immunity: how ants behave like immune cells to eradicate infectionsPull ChristopherRoyal Holloway University of London, UK
11:45 - 12:00Fungus-contaminated soil and nesting structures in ant societiesDetrain ClaireUniversité Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
12:00 - 12:15Using comparative transcriptomics to understand the evolution of immunity during the transition to socialityHe ShulinFree University Berlin, Germany
12:15 - 12:30Scavenging behaviour by ants depends on the prey infectiousnessPereira HugoUniversité Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
12:30 - 12:45DWV-carrying Varroa mites affect the honeybee core bacterial communityRuiu LucaUniversity of Sassari, Italy
12:45 - 13:00NF-κB signaling is impaired by neonicotinoid insecticidesDi Prisco GennaroUniversity of Napoli, Italy


Urban entomology and stored product protection

Urban and Public Health Pests

Time Title Oral Presentation Affiliate
10:30 - 11:00Urban, stored product and public health pestsStejskal VaclavCrop Protection Institute, Prague, Czechia
11:00 - 11:3030 min It's about instilling confidence: results from Let's Beat the BugKells StephensUniversity of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA
11:30 - 11:45Management of Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Den. and Schiff.) in urban, suburban and recreational areasColacci MarcoUniversity of Molise, Italy
11:45 - 12:00Insect pests of Eucalyptus and their impact in the Mediterranean areaFloris IgnazioUniversity of Sassari, Italy
12:00 - 12:15Time-of-day specific changes in insecticide susceptibility and metabolic detoxification in the common bed bug, Cimex lectulariusGenasan Veera SinghamUniversiti Sains Malaysia
12:15 - 12:30Biological control as an ecosystem service in citiesLowe LizzyMacquarie University, Sydney, Australia
12:30 - 12:45Stored products’ mites: notes on biology and public health awareness survey Simoni SauroCREA, Italy
12:45 - 13:00Study Cytotoxic effect of neem seed extract (Azadirachta indica) in comparasion with artificial insecticide Nova star on haemocytes (THC and DHC) of Musca domesticaAwan Muhammad ZaheerBiotechnology Department UAJK Pakistan
13:00 - 15:00Lunch and poster exhibition


Ecology and toxicology of insecticides

Insecticide mode of action: biological and biochemical aspects

Time Title Oral Presentation Affiliate
15:00 - 15:30Insecticide mode of action and resistance management: Lessons learned from the case of Tuta absolutaRoditakis EmmanouilHellenic Agricultural Organization, Demeter
15:30 - 15:45Voltage-gated sodium channel updateWilliamson MartinRothamsted Research, UK
15:45 - 16:00Genomic approaches for MoA discovery in mitesVan Leeuwen ThomasUniversity of Ghent, Belgium
16:00 - 16:15Natural substances as sources for new insecticidesConti BarbaraUniversity of Pisa, Italy
16:15 - 16:30Clostridium toxins in mosquitoesGill SarjeetUniversity of California, USA
16:30 - 16:45Potential implications of insecticide-induced hormesis for insecticide resistance, tolerance, and pre-conditioningCutler ChrisDalhousie University, Canada
16:45 - 17:00Oxidative and antioxidant effects of juglone on the greater wax moth galleria mellonella L. (LEPIDOPTERA: PYRALIDAE)Altuntas HülyaAnadolu University, Turkey
17:00 - 17:15New opportunities to investigate insecticide and acaricide chloride channel targets through their differential interactions with diverse chemical classesIqbal SofiaRothamsted Research, UK
17:15 - 17:30Inhibition of histone acetylation and DNA methylation negatively affects life history traits of the pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum)Kirfel PhilippFraunhofer Institute, Germany


Chemical ecology and multitrophic interactions

Plant-microbe-insect interactions

Time Title Oral Presentation Affiliate
15:00 - 15:30Microbes associated with insect eggs: Do they affect plant anti-herbivore defense? Hilker MonikaFreie Universitaet Berlin
15:30 - 15:45Impact of third trophic-level symbionts on plant-mediated indirect interactionsCusumano AntoninoINRA Montpellier, France
15:45 - 16:00The association between Drosophila suzukii and Hanseniaspora uvarumChakraborty AmritaSwedish University Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
16:00 - 16:15Are aphid vectors manipulated by plant virus through chemical cues? Arnaud AmelineUniversité Picardie Jules Verne
16:15 - 16:30Symbiose-mediated aconitine resistance in the leaf beetles Galeruca laticollisMereghetti ValeriaUniversity of Milan, Italy
16:30 - 16:45Turnip yellows virus infection induces changes in emission of volatile compounds and contrasted aphid vector behavior in two host plantsBogaert FlorentINRA Colmar, France
16:45 - 17:00Virus-induced changes in plant-insect interactions in the genus SolanumPlatoni AnnaUniversity of Cambridge, UK
17:00 - 17:15Trichoderma strains in the biocontrol of insect pestsDigilio Maria CristinaUniversity of Napoli, Italy
17:15 - 17:30Interaction of beetle polygalacturonases with plant inhibitory proteinsHäger WiebkeMax Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany


Genetics and evolutionary biology

Evolutionary Ecology

Time Title Oral Presentation Affiliate
15:00 - 15:30The evolutionary genetics of industrial melanism – an unfolding storySaccheri Ilik JUniversity of Liverpool, UK
15:30 - 15:45Insect immune strategies: resisting, tolerating and remembering infectionsArmitage SophieFreie Universität Berlin, Germany
15:45 - 16:00Male reproductive ageing is accompanied by a decline in male ability to produce adequate ejaculatesFricke ClaudiaInstitute for Evolution & Biodiversity, Germany
16:00 - 16:15Parasite-mediated sexual selection in mothsGroot AstridUniversity of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
16:15 - 16:30Life-history evolution in a butterfly – from genes to metapopulation dynamicsSaastamoinen Marjo A KUniversity of Helsinki, Finland
16:30 - 16:45Microevolution or wide tolerance? Biomarkers of exposure in Spodoptera eqigua Hübner (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) exposed to cadmium for over 150 generations.Babczyńska AgnieszkaUniversity of Silesia, Poland
16:45 - 17:00Innate and acquired host plant choice during range expansion in the moth Spodoptera littoralisKarlsson Green KristinaSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
17:00 - 17:15Predators and Phenotypes - causes and pathways of diversityMikolajewski Dirk JohannesFreie Universität Berlin, Germany
17:15 - 17:30Do host specialists cope better with oxidative damage and therefore live longer?Malod KevinUniversity of Pretoria, Africa


Insect Control Biotechnology

Use of RNA interference for insect control

Time Title Oral Presentation Affiliate
15:00 - 15:30Literature review of baseline information on RNAi that could support the environmental risk assessment of RNAi-based GM plantsSweet JeremyJ T  Environmental Consultants, USA
15:30 - 15:45Identification of lethal RNAi targets and their application in relevant pest species Ulrich JuliaBayer AG Research & Development, Germany
15:45 - 16:00Insecticidal and cross-species effects of dsRNA targeting the Diap1 gene in dipteran pestsFitches ElaineDurham University, UK
16:00 - 16:15Gene silencing in Tribolium castaneum as a tool for the targeted identification of candidate RNAi targets in crop pestsKnorr EileenFraunhofer IME, Germany
16:15 - 16:30Encapsulation of dsRNA with guanylated polymers increases RNAi efficiency in Spodoptera exiguaChristiaens OlivierGhent University, Belgium
16:30 - 16:45dsRNA complexation with block copolymers enables pest control by oral applicationFerguson CalumUniversity of Leeds, UK
16:45 - 17:00Technologies to Control, Surveil, and Counter Gene DrivesGaizi RobertoImperial College London, UK
17:00 - 17:15Genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the olive fly reproductive systemGregoriou Maria-EleniUniversity of Thessaly, Greece
17:15 - 17:30Chlorophyll degradation in a Lepidopteran pest Spodoptera littoralis is mediated by a gut-specific Chlorophyllide binding proteinOetama VincensiusMax Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany


Physiology and Biochemistry

Sensory system

Time Title Oral Presentation Affiliate
15:00 - 15:30Ecologically labeled lines in the insect olfactory systemHansson BillMax Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
15:30 - 15:45Soluble olfactory proteins in insectsDani Francesca RomanaUniversity of Firenze, Italy
15:45 - 16:00Odor evoked activity across brain layers: codes, patterns and memoriesGalizia C. GiovanniUniversity of Konstanz, Germany
16:00 - 16:15Taste receptor plasticity is related to feeding history in two congeneric species of Papilionidae (Lepidoptera)Sollai GiorgiaUniversity of Cagliari, Italy
16:15 - 16:30TO BE DEFINEDNiven JeremiUniversity of Sussex, UK
16:30 - 16:45Insect Olfaction: a source of inspiration for the development of new biosensorsFalabella PatriziaUniversity of Basilicata, Italy
16:45 - 17:00Antennal transcriptome analysis and expression profiles of odorant binding proteins in Streltzoviella insularis(Lepidoptera: Cossidae)Yang YuchaoBeijing Forestry University, China
17:00 - 17:15The spike bursts of the antennal thermo– and bimodal hygrothermoreceptor neurons probably induce escape behaviour in insects to avoid overheatingNurme KarinEstonian University of Life Sciences
17:15 - 17:30Stopping the circadian clock: an effective way to adjust phase in the German cockroachLee How-JingNational Taiwan University


Urban entomology and stored product protection

Artifact Pests

Time Title Oral Presentation Affiliate
15:00 - 15:30Artefact pests and urban entomology – distribution of museum pests in Vienna, AustriaQuerner PascalUniversity of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Austria
15:30 - 16:00Commercial Application of Non Residual Fumigation in MuseumsNavarro HagitGreen storage Ltd., Israel
16:00 - 16:30Heat treatmentsBhadrirajiu SubramanyamKansas State University, USA
16:30 - 17:00IPM in the Historical Archive of the Diocese of Lodi (northern Italy)Reguzzi Maria CristinaUniversità Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
17:00 - 17:15Old books infested by Gastrallus pubensSavoldelli SaraUniversity of Milan, Italy
17:15 - 17:30Remarks on Integrated Pest ManagementTrematerra PasqualeUniversity of Molise, Italy
17:30 - 18:30150° Società Entomologica Italiana
17:30 - 19:30(only for invited) Workshop "Curation Clinic: hands-on gene annotation with Apollo" - R. Waterhouse x20 pax