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We are pleased to announce that the 2018 International Congress of Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control and the 51st Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from 12 - 16 August 2018.

The conference will open on Sunday 12 August at 12pm with the SIP Executive Meeting and a Welcome Mixer in the early evening.

The scientific program will commence on Monday 13 August at 8.30am and close on Thursday 16 August with the Banquet. The conference and all social events will be held at QT Gold Coast hotel.

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Important Dates

Registration is now Open

Earlybird rate closes: 14 May 2018

Abstract submissions close: 30 May 2018 30 June 2018

Registration Deadline for Presenters to be included in Program: 18 July 2018

Featured Workshop & Symposia

Symposium: Insect resistance mechanisms to Bacillus thuringiensis

Insecticidal protein toxins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) have been remarkably successful in protecting crop plants from insect damage, but sustained use is increasingly threatened by the development of resistance in insect pests. This symposium spans a wide range of studies, from detecting resistance alleles in field populations before product failure, to cases of Bt product failure and the lessons learned, to cases where resistance can be proactively managed, through to studies of resistance mechanisms and how they could be overcome. The overall theme will be that knowledge of the biological factors promoting resistance evolution must be used for successful resistance management.

Plenary Symposium: Insect pathology and microbial control – progress and prospects in the Asia-Pacific region

The Plenary Symposium consists of presentations from around the Asia/Pacific region that provide an update of significant aspects of insect pathology/microbial control in our region. The presenters have been at the forefront of developments in their particular regions and will share their experiences with the audience. The symposium will set the scene for the potential for advance of insect pathology/microbial control in the region and the challenges that lie ahead.

Symposium: Interactions between arboviruses and their vectors

Transmission of arboviruses such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika between vertebrate hosts requires successful infection of mosquito vectors. However, the vast majority of mosquito species do not become infected by arboviruses , and so do not transmit disease. What is it that makes a relatively small number of mosquito species vulnerable to arbovirus infection? This symposium will explore a variety of factors that govern the ability of arboviruses to infect mosquitoes and be transmitted to vertebrate hosts.

Symposium: Fungus-insect interactions in post genomic era: Advances and perspectives

In the past few years, dozens of insect pathogenic fungal genomes have been sequenced, especially the genetically-tractable ascomycete insect pathogens. The obtained information has greatly facilitated the studies of fungal molecular pathogenesis and fungus-insect interaction mechanisms. This symposium will invite the speakers to deliver the most current achievements in understanding of fungus-insect interactions, and to provide the insights and perspectives for future investigations of fungal entomopathogenesis and beyond.

Symposium: Use of Parasitic Nematodes to Control Pine-Killing Woodwasps

The Eurasian pine-killing woodwasp Sirex noctilio has been introduced to Oceania (or whatever you want to call Australia and New Zealand!), South America, South Africa, northeastern North America and northeastern China. A major control strategy, developed in Australia in the 1970s, has been application of specific parasitic nematodes that sterilize these woodwasps. Our symposium will include descriptions of how this unique system works and the latest developments regarding how and where this nematode is presently being used for woodwasp control. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Robin Bedding, received the prestigious 2018 Australia Day award for his studies of this nematode and for developing it as a biopesticide.

Symposium: Insecticidal protein structures

Recent advances in cryo electron-microscopy has resulted in the structure of several unique toxins to be resolved to the amino acid level. The symposium will seek to define mechanisms of toxin delivery and where possible toxin - host cell interaction and the co evolution of host derived toxin counter measures.

Symposium: The challenge of Rhinoceros beetle (CRB-G) to palm production in the Pacific and prospects for microbial control

The Asia/Pacific region is a rapidly developing area with challenges from growing populations, land use change, intensification of production and an increasing awareness of the overuse of chemical pesticides. The small countries of the Pacific face particular challenges from invasive pests and sensitive environments. This symposium will address how microbial control can meet the issues faced by developing nations in the Asia/Pacific region.

Bacterial Division Workshop: Protein specificity and its impact on safety and resistance

This workshop will feature research on the specificity, safety, structure and function of toxin domain relationships to support new insecticidal protein submissions with a focus on the Asia/Pacific region The cost of this workshop is included in the registration for the conference. Registration for the workshop is requested for catering purposes.

Symposium: Health issues of bee and non-bee pollinators

Bees and other insect pollinators are in decline around the globe. This workshop will showcase current research in the pathogens and management of diseases in pollinator health.

Symposium: White Spot Syndrome Virus and Viral Diseases of Crustacea

White Spot Syndrome Virus has had a devastating effect on prawn farming in Queensland and is an international problem in farmed crustacea. This symposium will explore the origins, outbreak and research towards possible solutions.

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