Speakers

THE 2014 Hemipteran-Plant Interactions Symposium (HPIS) has engaged an outstanding array of international leaders in the field. While our invited speakers form the core of the Symposium, 24 oral presentations will be selected from the abstracts submitted by participants and ample time for poster sessions will be provided.

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Margaret (Meg) L. Allen

Research Entomologist
Biological Control of Pests Research Unit
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
Stoneville, Mississippi USA

Meg Allen’s research on Lygus lineolaris is focused on gene expression related to feeding and digestion. She also is examining the invasive kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria, and its plant/insect/symbiont relationships as it invades the North American continent.

http://www.ars.usda.gov/pandp/people/people.htm?personid=33919

 

Stephane Blanc

Stephane Blanc

Leader: Interactions Virus Insect Plant (VIP) Group
French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)
Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)
Montpellier, France

Stéphane Blanc’s interests are focused on the transmission and evolution of plant viruses. He recently developed a program on the biology of multipartite nanoviruses, where basic mechanisms of plant infection are tightly entangled with dynamics/genetics of the viral population.

http://umr-bgpi.cirad.fr/equipes/equipe2-uk.htm

 

Hanokh Czosnek

Hanokh (Henryk) Czosnek

Haim Gvati Professor of Agriculture
Department of Field and Vegetable Crops and Genetics
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Rehovot, Israel

Henryk Czosnek studies interactions between plants, viruses and their insect vectors using genetic, biochemical and genomics tools.

http://departments.agri.huji.ac.il/plantscience/people/Hanokh_Czosnek/

 

Angela Douglas

Angela Douglas

Professor
Department of Entomology
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York USA

Angela Douglas’ research focuses on nutrient exchange between the insect and symbiotic bacteria and osmoregulation in phloem-feeding hemipterans.

http://www.angeladouglaslab.com/

 

Bryce Falk

Bryce Falk

Professor
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis
Davis, California USA

Bryce Falk’s lab works on plant:virus:insect vector interactions. His recent efforts are with whitefly-transmitted RNA plant viruses and RNA-interference towards insect vectors.

http://plantpathology.ucdavis.edu/faculty/Falk_Bryce/

 

Stewart Gray

Stewart Gray

Professor
Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York USA

Research in the Gray lab focuses on the molecular and cellular interactions of plant viruses with their aphid vectors, the genetics of vector competence in aphid populations, and biological and cultural factors that influence virus epidemics in cereal and potato crops.

http://pppmb.cals.cornell.edu/people/stewart-gray

 

Saskia Hogenhout

Saskia Hogenhout

Project Leader
Department of Cell and Development Biology
John Innes Centre (JIC)
Norwich, UK

Research in the Hogenhout lab focuses on the characterization of phytoplasma virulence effectors that modulate plant hosts and insect vectors and the molecular basis of plant-insect interactions.

http://www.jic.ac.uk/staff/saskia-hogenhout/about-saskia.html

 

Molly Hunter

Molly Hunter

Professor
Department of Entomology
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona USA

Molly Hunter studies the ecology and evolution of bacterial endosymbionts of insect herbivores and parasitoids, as well as the effects of symbionts on host-parasitoid interactions.

http://ag.arizona.edu/ento/faculty/hunter.htm

 

Georg Jander

Georg Jander

Associate Professor
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York USA

Georg Jander uses genetic and biochemical approaches to study plant-insect interactions. A particular focus of his research is to discover small molecules in Arabidopsis and maize that provide defense against aphids.

http://bti.cornell.edu/faculty/georg-jander/

 

Mark Mescher

Mark Mescher

Department of Environmental Systems Science
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH)
Zürich, Switzerland

Mark Mescher studies the role of chemical signaling in mediating ecological interactions among species, including the transmission of vector-borne diseases of plants and animals

http://ento.psu.edu/directory/mcm19

 

Nancy Moran

Nancy Moran

Professor
Section of Integrative Biology
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas USA

Nancy Moran’s research is on the evolution and function of symbiosis
between bacteria and insects.

http://web.biosci.utexas.edu/moran/

 

Jyoti Shah

Jyoti Shah

Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas USA

Jyoti Shah studies the signaling mechanism in plant response to biotic stress and targeting these mechanisms for sustainable agriculture.

https://faculty.unt.edu/editprofile.php?pid=1176&onlyview=1

 

Freddy Tjallingii

Freddy Tjallingii

EPG Systems
Wageningen, Netherlands

Freddy Tjallingii is a leader in the field of plant penetration by aphids and plant-aphid interactions as observed by Electrical Penetration Graph (EPG) recording. EPG technical developments and waveform correlations with stylet tip tissue locations and aphid activities are evidenced from these studies.

http://epgsystems.eu/about.htm

 

Aart Van Bel

Aart Van Bel

Institute of General Botany
Justus-Liebig-University
Giessen Germany

Aart van Bel’s research focus is on phloem cell biology – including plasmodesmal connectivity in the cambium during phloem development – also in interaction with a number of phytopathogens such as aphids, nematodes, fungi, and phytoplasmas. Recently, the significance of electrical potential waves and the impact of the associated Ca2+ influx along the phloem has been another point of focus in the lab.

Aart.v.Bel@bot1.bio.uni-giessen.de


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