2012 NCB-ESA Symposia Titles, Description and Organizers

Advancing the quality and applications of volunteer-collected data using technology and social engineering

Organizers:
Brian P. McCornack
Assistant Professor
Kansas State University
Department of Entomology
123 W. Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
office: 785-532-4729
email: mccornac@ksu.edu

Mary M Gardiner
Assistant Professor
The Ohio State University - OARDC
1680 Madison Ave
Wooster, OH 44691
Cell: 330-601-6628
Phone: 614-247-8341

Symposium Goals: The goals of this symposium are to: 1) examine current applications of technology to collect arthropod data, 2) address concerns related to the quality of volunteer-collected arthropod data, and 3) examine methods to cultivate sustainability and a sense of community within volunteer-based networks.

Blending some “new school” approaches to pest management while revisiting some key vegetable pests “old school” style

Organizers: James R. Jasinski , Ohio State University Extension, Integrated Pest Management Program, 1512 S. US Highway 68, Suite B100, Urbana OH 43078 (Jasinski.4@osu.edu, 937-484-1526)

Mary M. Gardiner, Ohio State University, Department of Entomology, 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691 (Gardiner.29@osu.edu, 614-247-8341)

Description: The first half of this symposium will cover a natural enemies workshop and smartphone app recently developed to aid vegetable growers in the area of pest management, particularly identification. Next we will cover insect identification using pattern recognition software and showcase a new iPad scouting tool.  The second half of the program will address the current state of a perennial key pest in sweet corn, the Corn earworm, a new pest in the North Central region, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.  We will finish with results from current research on pests of vegetable crops grown in high tunnels.
Flies, Microbes, and Health

Organizers:
David Taylor
USDA-ARS
Entomology Hall, East Campus, UNL
Lincoln, NE 68583
Tel. 402-472-9651
FAX 402-472-0516
Dave.taylor@ars.usda.gov

Kristina Friesen
USDA-ARS
Entomology Hall, East Campus, UNL
Lincoln, NE 68583
Tel. 402-472-3985
FAX 402-472-0516
Kristina.Hale@ars.usda.gov

Dana Nayduch
USDA-ARS
Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit
Center for Grain and Animal Health Research
1515 College Ave
Manhattan, KS 66502
Tel. 785-537-5566
Dana.Nayduch@ars.usda.gov
 
Larvae of muscoid flies are dependent upon microbes to fulfill their nutritional needs and adult flies can be involved in the maintenance and propagation of pathogenic microbes in livestock and transporting those organisms to our dinner plates. The symposium will discuss interactions between flies and associated microbial communities relative to fly development and epidemiology of microbial contamination of foodstuffs.

Innovative Educational Outreach via Zoos, Museums, and Partnership Programs

Organizers:
Tom Weissling
Dept. Of Entomology
103 Entomology Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68462
Phone 402.472.8680
Fax 402.472.4687
tweissling2@unl.edu

Tiffany Heng-Moss
Dept. Of Entomology
103 Entomology Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68462
Phone 402.472.8708
Fax 402.472.4687
thengmoss2@unl.edu

Insect Allergy

Organizer:
Shripat T. Kamble
Department of Entomology
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68583-0816
Ph: (402) 472-6857
Email: skamble1@unl.edu

Odd Couples: Symbioses in Insects and their Consequences

Organizer:
Julie Peterson
S-225 Ag. Science North
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546
Ph: (859) 257-2759
Fax: (859) 323-1120
Email: Julie.peterson@uky.edu

Symposium goals: The study of symbiotic relationships between insects and a diversity of other organisms is a dynamic field within entomology.  These relationships can have consequences in areas such as ecology, speciation, host-selection, and pest management.  A variety of speakers will give high-quality research presentations on the following topics: aphid endosymbionts and parasitoid defense; termite gut flora; ant/scale insect interactions; carabid gut flora and weed seed herbivory; and fitness consequences of fig wasp behavior and its impact on host plant reproductive isolation.  Topics presented at this symposium will appeal to a wide audience of North Central Branch attendees, in particular persons interested in endosymbionts and the consequences of mutualistic interactions in insect-microorganism, insect-plant, and insect-insect biological relationships.


Protecting Food Supply from Insect Damage: Collaboration between Research and Application in the North Central Branch

Organizers:
Jim Campbell
USDA ARS CGAHR
1515 College Ave
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: 785 776 2717
Fax: 785 537 5584
Email: james.campbell@ars.usda.gov

Frank Arthur
USDA ARS CGAHR
1515 College Ave
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: 785 776 2783
Fax: 785 537 5584
Email: frank.arthur@ars.usda.gov

The ESA NCB has the largest concentration of stored-product entomologists in the world, is a major grain production and storage region, has a large concentration of food processing and distribution centers, and contains many national pest management companies focused on the food industry.  The goal of this symposium is to highlight this important activity within the branch and provide a forum for exchange of information between researchers and those implementing pest management programs.  Research talks will focus on three areas: (1) cutting edge research within the branch and in collaboration with others outside the branch, (2) challenges and success in extension and outreach, and (3) industry perspectives on the role of this research and needs for future research.  

Researching the rare, threatened, or endangered insects in the North Central Region

Organizer:
Jessica Jurzenski
103 Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583
phone: 308-440-9727
fax: (402) 472-4687
jurzenskij@alumni.unk.edu

The goals of this symposium are to highlight current research and information about insects in the North Central Region that are rare, threatened, or endangered.  This may include research examining the diversity and conservation of insects or the implementation of conservation measures.  The ecology and physiology of protected insects or their congeners would be an important addition, as well.

Stress Biology Research: Genetic, Molecular, and Population Level Approaches

Organizers:
Laramy Enders and Nick Miller
Entomology Department
103 Entomology Hall
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Fax: (402) 472-4687
Phone: (402) 472-8694 L. Enders
Email: lenders2@unl.edu, nmiller4@unl.edu

The two main goals of this symposium are: 1) provide a broad picture of research being conducted on stress in insect systems at multiple levels: genetic, molecular, individual and population levels and 2) present current ideas on how stress is defined, what approaches are used to study the effects of stress and how the effects of stress can be measured.  This symposium will feature research being conducted on different classes/types of stress (e.g. chemical/pesticide, extreme temperature, humidity/drought, pathogens, parasites, invasive species, ect) and will focus on highlighting some of the cutting edge stress research being done in the NCB.