Photo by Bruno Espinosa

Photo by Bruno Espinosa

Photo by Bruno Espinosa

Photo by Bruno Espinosa

Scientific Programme

09:00 - 10:00Plenary Lecture - ROLF GEORG BEUTEL: The phylogeny of Hexapoda and the evolution of megadiversityMeeting room: GALATEA


Biological Control and Integrated Pest Management

Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation Biocontrol


Moderators: Bart Pannebakker, Pablo Bielza

Meeting room: GALATEA

Time Title NameSurnameCode Affiliate
10:00 - 10:30Improving the genetics of natural enemies for biological control with lessons not yet learned from the last centuryRichard StouthamerCO081University of California, USA
10:30 - 10:45Trends in biological controlJacquesBrodeurCO074Université de Montréal, Canada
10:45 - 11:00An increased need for research on Biological ControlTom V.M.GrootCO077Koppert Biological Systems, The Netherlands
11:00 - 11:15Using genetics to improve biological controlBart A. Pannebakker CO078Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
11:15 - 11:30Selective breeding of the biological control agent Orius laevigatus: biotic potential and tolerance to environmental stressPabloBielzaCO073Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain
11:30 - 11:45Is vegetarianism in the genes? Investigating the genetic basis of phytophagy in Nesidiocoris tenuisMilenaChinchilla-RamírezCO076Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA), Spain
11:45 - 12:00Effect of mass rearing on the performance and the genetic diversity of the predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii Athias-Henriot (Acari: Phytoseiidae).AngelikiPaspatiCO079Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA), Spain
12:00 - 12:15Intrinsic competition between two European egg parasitoids of the brown marmorated stink bug JudithStahlCO080CABI, Switzerland
12:15 - 12:30Trichogramma populations in organic German cabbage fields – a genetic, ecological, and behavioural overviewSophie RChattingtonCO075University of Bremen, Germany


Symbiosis and Insect Vector Biology

Impact of symbionts on insect biology


Moderators: Claudio Bandi, Stéphane Blanc

Meeting room: ELETTRA

Time Title NameSurnameCode Affiliate
10:00 - 10:30The microbial network in the insect metaorganismDanieleDaffonchioCO457King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
10:30 - 10:45The intramitochondrial bacterium Midichloria, mutualist of ticks, vector-borne agent or both?DavideSasseraCO462University of Pavia, Italy
10:45 - 11:00Beyond nutrition: host-microbiota interactions drive shifts in the behavioural phenotypes of cockroachesThorbenSieksmeyerCO463BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Germany
11:00 - 11:15The sperm precedence pattern of spider mites evolves in response to costs associated with the presence of WolbachiaSaraMagalhãesCO460Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
11:15 - 11:30Wolbachia and plant pathogen mutual exclusion: a case studyIlariaNegriCO461Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
11:30 - 11:45Investigating Wolbachia-mediated arbovirus inhibitionChristieHerdCO459University of Glasgow, UK
11:45 - 12:00The Rickettsia bacterial symbiont modifies plant resistance and whitefly vector efficiencyQuentinChesnaisCO456University of California, USA
12:00 - 12:15Reduced phytoplasma acquisition by leafhoppers after infection by symbiotic AsaiaElenaGonellaCO458University of Torino, Italy


Biological Control and Integrated Pest Management

Maximising the benefits of biocontrol and pollination ecosystem services


Moderators: John Pickett, Andrea Battisti

Meeting room: CALIPSO

Time Title NameSurnameCode Affiliation
10:00 - 10:30Ecostacking: maximising the benefits of ecosystem servicesHeikkiHokkanenCO104University of Helsinki, Finland
10:30 - 10:45Using Nature to Inform the Development of Novel Tools and Molecules for Sustainable Crop ProtectionAngharadGatehouseCO103Newcastle University, UK
10:45 - 11:00Direct and pollinator-mediated effects of herbivory on plant fitnessAnneMuolaCO106Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
11:00 - 11:15Does off-crop biodiversity have an impact on crop yields?IngeborgMenzler-HokkanenCO105University of Helsinki, Finland
11:15 - 11:30Foothold matters: biomechanical insights into plant-insect interactionsDagmarVoigtCO108Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
11:30 - 11:45Combining entomopathogenic fungal isolates and botanical compounds for control of fungus gnat larvae (Diptera: Sciaridae)MahsaDehghaniCO102Georg-August-University, Germany
11:45 - 12:00Influence of landscape features and management practices in olive groves for optimized pest controlJacintoBenhadi-MarinCO100Centro de Investigação de Montanha, Portugal
12:00 - 12:15Universal method of molecular sexing of LepidopteraIrinaBelousovaCO099Institute of systematics and ecology of animals, Russia
12:15 - 12:30PoshBee - addressing Bee Health and Sustainable PollinationMarkBrownCO101Royal Holloway University of London, UK
12:30 - 12:45Specific plant interactions within and between species – underestimated mechanisms of pest controlVelemirNinkovicCO107Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences , Sweden


Medical and veterinary entomology

Vector and pathogen biology


Moderators: John Vontas, Ruth Mulle

Meeting room: PERSEIDE

Time Title NameSurnameCode Affiliate
10:00 - 10:30Leishmania development in phlebotomine sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae)PeterVolfCO293Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic
10:30 - 10:45Multi-scale oviposition site selection in two mosquito species YehonatanAlcalayCO286Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
10:45 - 11:00Demographic history of Aedes albopictus populations and arbovirus transmissionAnna R.MalacridaCO289University of Pavia, Italy
11:00 - 11:15Salivary miRNAs from anopheline mosquitoes: additional players in vector-host-pathogen interactionsBrunoArcàCO287University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
11:15 - 11:30Effect of mosquito age, experience and infection status on DEET efficacy in the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae s.s. MargauxMulatierCO290IRD Montpellier, France
11:30 - 11:45Larval superiority of Aedes albopictus to Culex pipiens or vice versa?RuthMüllerCO291Polo GGB Terni, Italy
11:45 - 12:00How to obtain Culicoides abundance data at a national scale with one collection season in MoroccoMariaBourquiaCO288Hassan II Agronomy & Veterinary Institute, Morocco
12:00 - 12:15A crucial role for gut microflora in the life history of the major malaria vector Anopheles arabiensis (Diptera: Culicidae)ShünéOliverCO292University of the Witwatersrand, Africa


Physiology and Biochemistry

Insect development


Moderators: Spencer Behmer, David Denlinger

Meeting room: DIONE

Time Title NameSurnameCode Affiliate
10:30 - 11:00How do mother's transfer photoperiodic information to their progeny?DavidDenlingerCO366Ohio State University, USA
11:00 - 11:15Antagonistic actions of juvenile hormone and 20-hydroxyecdysone within the ring gland determine developmental transitions in DrosophilaShengLiCO370South China Normal University, China
11:15 - 11:30Mosquitoes require gut microbes for developmentMichaelStrandCO371University of Georgia, USA
11:30 - 11:45The intriguing role of bracovirus ankyrin proteins in affecting insect developmentGiuseppeGargiuloCO367University of Bologna, Italy
11:45 - 12:00The remodeling of larval organs in Lepidoptera during metamorphosis: the end of autophagic cell death?GianlucaTettamantiCO372University of Insubria, Italy
12:00 - 12:15Diverse molecular mechanisms control glial phagocytosis during CNS development of Drosophila MelanogasterEsteeKurantCO369University of Haifa, Israel
12:15 - 12:30Multiple miRNAs jointly regulate the biosynthesis of ecdysteroid in the holometabolous insects, Chilo suppressalisKangHeCO368Zhejiang University, China


Agricultural and forest entomology

Emerging challenges in IPM


Moderators: Carmelo Rapisarda, Lucia Zappalà

Meeting room: AGAVE

Time Title NameSurnameCode Affiliation
10:00 - 10:15The South American tomato pinworm in the Mediterranean: current pest status and management strategiesLucia ZappalàCO046University of Catania, Italy
10:15 - 10:30Mechanisms mediating false codling moth mating disruption, using point-source pheromone dispensers.VernonSteynCO042Stellenbosch University, South Africa
10:30 - 10:45Olfactory responses of Hyalesthes obsoletus to elicitor-induced volatiles in grapevine plantsPaolaRioloCO041University of Marche, Italy
10:45 - 11:00What is going on with the predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis in dry conditions?SophieLe HesranCO038Koppert Biological Systems and Wageningen University, The Netherlands
11:00 - 11:15Nearly 100 years of Trichogramma research in Germany – a review of failures, successes and future perspectivesAnnetteHerzCO037Julius Kühn-Institut, Germany
11:15 - 11:30Identifying Potential Pest Threats to Sitka Spruce Plantations in IrelandMelanieTuffenCO045Teagasc, Ireland
11:30 - 11:45A decade of populations genetics and geometric morphometrics research on the western corn rootworm in southern Europe: what have we learned and where to from here?KatarinaMikacCO039University of Wollongong, Australia
11:45 - 12:00The use of exclusion nets for pest management in fruit orchards in NW ItalyRosemarieTedeschiCO044University of Torino, Italy
12:00 - 12:15Impact, survey and control of the beech leaf mining weevil, Orchestes fagi, an invasive pest of American beech in Nova Scotia, CanadaJonSweeneyCO043Natural Resources Canada, Canada
12:15 - 12:30The impact of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in kiwifruit orchards: damage characterization, effect of anti-hail netting and surrounding landscapeAlbertoPozzebonCO040University of Padova, Italy
13:00 - 14:00Closing session & farewell cocktailMeeting room: GALATEA