International Branch Virtual Symposium Submission Descriptions

Submissions now open for posters in the following areas: 

Community and Social Sciences in Entomology

Community science, defined as scientific research and monitoring driven by local communities, involves not only science and research, but also social learning, collective action and empowerment. This approach has gained popularity in several research fields, including entomology, because it allows for increased sampling efforts at low costs and reduced time investment for the scientists, while adding an extension aspect to the project. This symposium aims at presenting how community science can benefit entomological research and how it can contribute to extension and empowerment of the local communities, worldwide. Start your submission.

Insect Populations

During the last decades, several insect populations declined due to a variety of factors (global change, agricultural practices, etc). In contract, we’ve observed invasions in different countries. Various tools have been developed to monitor insect populations and their migrations. New molecular tools are also available to rapidly identify the origin of invasive alien species. Insect populations could also evolve and adapt to their new environment. 

This session aims to focus on these different issues. Start your submission.

Plant-Insect Interactions

Insects and plants interact at different levels e.g. insects can use plants as food sources, refuges or egg-laying sites. Plants provide resources for insects such as sap, nectar or plant tissues. Different types of beneficial or detrimental interactions occur between plants and insects. They manifest at molecular, behavioral and macroscopic levels. Pollination is an excellent example of a beneficial interaction, plants attracting insects using visual or olfactiory cues to promote their reproduction. In contrast, piercing-sucking insects often carry pathogens (e.g. virus, bacteria, phytoplasma) and chewing insects injure plants that could produce volatiles to attract natural enemies or plant defenses for protection against these pests. Some interactions are highly specific. All these interactions could affect the fitness of insects and the growth and health of plants.

All people working on these different aspects of plant-insect interactions are invited to submit a poster to this session. Start your submission.

General Session

Posters presenting work on any insects and their relatives, not included in the other sessions, are welcome in the general session. Start your submission.

Poster submissions are now open. The deadline to submit is Monday, March 1, 2021. Start your submission.

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