Aphids Special Interest Group (SIG) 2024
18 July @ 09:00 – 16:00
Thursday 18 July, 09:00 – 16:00 (BST)
Join our Aphids Special Interest Group (SIG) at their next meeting, taking place online. The Aphids group encourages students of all ages, practitioners, amateurs and academics, and anyone with an interest in these most fascinating and important insects.
This online meeting aims to highlight current aphid research in the UK and internationally as well as providing an opportunity to generate discussion and engagement. The meeting will include a series of short presentations as well as well as quick-fire aphid updates.
The meeting will be divided into sessions that reflect the diversity of aphid research. Topics that are welcomed, include, but are not limited to:
- Aphid biology
- Aphid ecology
- Aphid taxonomy
- Aphid pest management
We are delighted to announce some of the keynote speakers for this event. Details of the additional keynote speakers will be announced soon.
Talk title: Virus yellows’ in sugar beet: is there a technological solution for early detection before leaves yellow?
James holds a unique position in that he works on agricultural pests and insect conservation, providing a balanced insight into how terrestrial ecosystems should be managed. He is the Rothamsted lead for the NERC funded Drivers and Repercussions of UK Insect Declines (DRUID) project that is tasked with examining evidence for insect population change across a broad range of taxa. Pest management and vector-borne pathogen research, largely focused on aphids, remains an active research interest. James was recently appointed Keele’s Professor of Entomology. Previously, he was Head of the Rothamsted Insect Survey.
Wageningen University & Research
Talk title: Attack of the clones – how one genotype of Myzus persicae took over the Dutch sweet pepper glasshouses
Mariska studied biology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in the Netherlands. During her bachelor’s, while doing a project with Koppert Biological Systems, she first encountered the fascinating world of aphids and their secondary endosymbionts. After completing her master’s, she worked a few years as a laboratory technician at both the UvA and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam before pursuing her PhD at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. During her doctoral studies, Mariska researched various forms of resistance, including endosymbiont-based and endogenously encoded resistance, in commercial glasshouse aphid pests, examining their response to both conventional and organic pest control methods.
This meeting is an opportunity to share your studies, ideas, and updates. We welcome abstracts across all the topics listed above and others that are relevant to the main themes of the conference.
We are welcoming abstracts for either a standard 15-minute presentation or 5-minute informal aphid update.
Abstract deadline: 17:00 (BST), Friday 21 June
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|RES Student Member
- Joe Roberts, Harper Adams University
- Tom Pope, Harper Adams University