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Professors and Students from Institutes of Insect Sciences Attend the XXV International Congress of Entomology (ICE2016) in Orlando, USA

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       During September 25th to 30th, 2016, the XXV International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016) was held in Orlando, USA, organized by the Entomological Society of America (ESA).Nearly 6,000 oral and poster presentations, including 298 symposia, have been accepted, and the largest gathering of entomologists in history (over 6,500 delegates) was assembling. Among the highlights were plenary presentations by two Nobel Laureates (Dr. Peter Agre and Dr. Jules Hoffmann) and Featured lectures by ten plenary speakers. All aspects of entomology have been addressed within 30 subject sections. Papers among these entomological subjects were presented within 50 concurrent sessions.

The theme of this Congress, “Entomology Without Borders,” was fitting for many reasons. Entomology has gone beyond borders in the 21st century. In this global system, there are increased challenges and opportunities. With its multidisciplinary approach, entomology explores new scientific frontiers. Arthropods do not respect human-established geographical borders. The ease of international transportation and global trade allows the convenient dispersal of arthropods and associated diseases affecting humans, animals, and plants. Changes in climatic boundaries, urban population development, and agro-ecosystem borders have implications for population dynamics of both native and invasive species. In our interconnecting world, it is essential that international stakeholders come together to solve entomological problems of mutual interest. Electronic systems and devices make it more convenient to communicate globally regarding entomological problems and solutions, and in forging collaborations. Therefore, this Congress was organized in concert with the Congress theme, and delegates from 97 countries convened. After the election, the next session of this congress (XXVI International Congress of Entomology) will be held in Helsinki, Finland, July 26-31, 2020.

Invited by ESA, 17 teachers and 19 students from Institutes of Insect Sciences, Zhejiang University attended this grand gathering. They had shown the latest achievements in the study of insect sciences from Zhejiang University to the world through oral or poster presentations in the past week, and had received high reputations.Prof. Liu Shu-Sheng kept being the council member of ICE.

Prof. Liu Shu-Sheng, as the council member of ICE, participated a series of committees of ICE2016 organization, distinct contribution awarding, Annual Review of Entomology Editorial, etc. and kept being the council member of ICE. 

Prof. Chen Xuexin gave an oral presentation on “How different parasitoids respond to immunity of the same host” in the Symposium: Interactions between the Insect Immune System and Parasites. Fang Qi did so on “Effects of the endoparasitoid Cotesia chilonis parasitism, venom, and calyx fluid on immunity of its host Chilo suppressalis larvae” in the Symposium: The Biochemical Signaling Interface between Invaders and Their Insect Hosts. Huang Jia presented “Roles of biogenic amine receptors in insect hemocytes to regulate cellular immunity” in the Symposium: Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology of Membrane Transport and Signaling Processes. Dr. Kong Luen Heong summaried “Experiences in collaborations across regional and disciplinary borders in rice pest management” in the Symposium: Case Studies in Entomology: Four Examples of Global Excellence. Prof. Li Fei introduced “InsectBase: A resource for insect genomes and transcriptomes” in the Session of Contributed Papers: Bioinformatics and Comparative Genomics of Arthropods: Genomes and Databases. Prof. Liu Shu-Sheng further insighted into "the reproductive incompatibility between putative cryptic species of the Bemisia tabaci whitefly complex” in the Symposium: Entomological Research in China: Major Progresses and Perspectives. Liu Yinquan briefed  “Diversity, distribution, and horizontal transmission to a parasitoid of symbionts in the Bemisia tabaciwhitefly complex” in the Session of Contributed Papers: Biodiversity, Biogeography, and Conservation of Arthropods: Novel Methods. Shi Min showed “When two types of polydnaviruses work on the same host: What we can draw from their genomes and gene expressions” in the Symposium: Parasitoids, Polydnaviruses, and Pathogens: Genomes to Immune Physiology. Prof. Wang Xiaowei drew the picture of  “Emergence of whitefly complexes and associated plant viruses in China” in the Symposium: Insect-transmitted Phytoviruses and Agricultural Pandemics: Current Scenarios and Sustainable Management. Prof. Xu Haijun illustrated the “Molecular mechanism underlying wing dimorphism in planthoppers” in the Session of Contributed Papers: Functional Genomics and Transgenesis. Yan Zhichao described “A venom serpin isoform from Pteromalus puparum suppresses the host prephenoloxidase cascade by forming complexes with host hemolyph proteinases” in the Symposium: The Biochemical Signaling Interface between Invaders and Their Insect Hosts. Prof. Ye Gong-Yin depicted on “Functions of parasitoid venom proteins/peptides and their potential for pest control” in the Symposium: Biotechnologically-Based Insect Control Strategies. Prof. Zhang Chuan-Xi  portrayed “The functional genomics of the brown planthopper” in the Symposium: Entomological Research in China: Major Progresses and Perspectives. Prof. Zhu Zeng-Rong summarized “Ecological engineering for rice insect pest management via biodiversity technology - approaches for up-scaling” in the Session of Contributed Papers: Entomology around the World, and presented " Rice ecosystem services in tropical Asia - an overview based on LEGATO approaches and results", on behalf of Prof. Yosef Settele of Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany.

In the Sessions of Poster Exhibition Hall, Dr. Bao Yanyuan explained “Genomic and transcriptomic insights into the cytochrome P450 monooxygenase gene repertoire in the rice pest brown planthopper, Nilaparvata lugens” in the Poster Session 1: Functional Genomics and Transgenesis. Wang Zhizhi explored “A peptidoglycan recognition protein acts in sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, immunity” in the Poster Session 4: Insect Immunology.

Among the 19 students, He Yazhou gave an oral presentation on “Transovarial transmission of a begomovirus by its whitefly vector” in the Session of Contributed Papers: Arthropod Vectors of Animal and Plant Diseases: Plant-Insect-Pathogen Interactions. Huang Haijian indicated “A salivary sheath protein essential for the interaction of the brown planthopper with rice plants” in the Session of Contributed Papers: RNAi and Gene Expression Control in Insects: Pest Management. Pan Penglu and Ye Yuxuan presented “Transcriptome-wide screening and functional analysis of cuticular protein family with the R&R Consensus in the brown planthopper, Nilaparvata lugens” and “The multicopper oxidase gene family in the brown planthopper, Nilaparvata lugens” in the same session. Li Ping explerimently showed that “Vector and non-vector insect feeding reduces subsequent plant susceptibility to virus transmission” in the Session of “Contributed Papers: Integrated Pest Management and Sustainable Agriculture: Fruits and Vegetables”. Qian Ping described “Ecological engineering for insect pest management in rice - results from the Yangtze River Delta Plain” in the Symposium: Global Challenges in Rice Pest Management. Shan Hongwei graphed “Mutualism meltdown between intracellular symbiotic bacteria and whitefly under high temperature stress” in the Session of Contributed Papers: Insect Immunology: Molecular. Shi Xiaoxiao analyzed “The sphingolipids pathway regulates the reproduction of the brown planthopper Nilaparvata lugens, the most important insect pest of rice in Asia” in the Graduate Student Oral Competition: RNAi and Gene Expression Control in Insects. Tan Ye examined on “Effects of two climate change factors, elevated temperature and water stress, on the rice brown planthopper, Nilaparvata lugens” in the Graduate Student Oral Competition: Insect-Plant Interactions in a Changing Climate. Wang Xin-Ru tested “The roles of autophagy in the interactions of a whitefly with a plant virus it transmits” in the Session of Contributed Papers: Arthropod Vectors of Animal and Plant Diseases: Plant-Insect-Pathogen Interactions. Xia Wenqiang elucidated "the molecular basis underlying adaptation of whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, to novel host plants” by the comparative transcriptome method in the Session of Contributed Papers: Insect-Plant Interactions in a Changing Climate: Host Plant Interactions. Yang Lei analyzed in the genome-widely "the innate immunity in a pupal endoparasitoid wasp, Pteromalus puparum” in the Symposium: Emerging Technologies for Tomorrow's Collaborative Discoveries.

Gu Qijuan gave a poster presentation on “Identification, characterization and functional analysis of a serine protease inhibitor (CvT-serpin) from Cotesia vestalis teratocytes” in the Poster Session 4: Insect Immunology. Li Yang described “A taxonomic study on the subfamily Braconinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from China” in the Poster Session 4: Morphology, Systematics, and Phylogeny. Wang Jiale and Xiao Shan comparatively analyzed “the Cuticle between endo- and ecto-parasitoids using electron microscopy and genomic approaches” and “Sex-biased expression of microRNAs in an endoparasitoid wasp, Pteromalus puparum” respectively in the Symposium: Emerging Technologies for Tomorrow's Collaborative Discoveries. Wang Zehua described “Identification, expression and bio-activity characterization of a thioredoxin from Plutella xylostella, and effects of parasitoid, Cotesia vestalis, on its transcript” in the Graduate Student Poster Competition: Biological Control and Insect Pathology.

In addition, Prof. Ye Gongyin is one of the organizers of two Symposia as “The Biochemical Signaling Interface between Invaders and Their Insect Hosts” and “Biotechnologically-Based Insect Control Strategies”.

Specially, 7 pm on September 27th, the Overseas Chinese Entomologist Association (OCEA) held a Chinese Entomologists Mixer at Rosen Centre Hotel. Over 200 Chinese Entomologists gathered together to share their research results and happiness of seeing so many friends. Also, the delegation of Zhejiang University attended a dinner party of entomologists of China and United States of American invited by Prof. Brian Smith, a dinner party of entomologists of Zhejiang University hosted by Prof. Ke Dong, Intl Rice Entomologists' Gathering, ESA International Branch Gathering, Women in Entomology Breakfast, and other various forms of exchange activities.

 

Text by Qian Ping, Tan Ye, Shi Xiao-Xiao, Zhu Zeng-Rong;

Photo by: Zhang Chuan-Xi, Zhu Zeng-Rong and Bai Yue-Liang