Fifteenth

Thursday, August 23, 2012, Heep Center Room 101

Winners:

 Luciano Cosme – Third Place
“The microRNA Endeavor”

8:45 Welcome, Dr. Cecilia Tamborindeguy, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, TAMU

8:50 Opening Remarks

9:00 Post-doctoral researchers panel

10:00 Coffee Break, 1st Floor Atrium

10:20 Jiaxin Lei – “Plant furocoumarin and protease inhibitor work synergistically against cowpea bruchid Callosobruchus maculatus

10:35 Joseph Hancock – “Aquaporin identification and analysis in the Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) and the potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli)”

10:50 Luciano Cosme – “The microRNA Endeavor”

11:05 Tae Kim – “Understanding molecular mechanisms regulating early stage tick feeding: Biological and Biochemical Characterization of Amblyomma americanum feeding-stimuli responsive Acidic Chitinase”

11:20 Cassie Schoenthal – “Impacts of Culicoides spp. as vectors of Bluetongue virus and epizootic hemorrhagic disease in white-tailed deer production facilities.”

11:35 Josephine Antwi – “Differences in bacterial communities associated with cotton fleahopper on two host plants across Texas”

11:50 Lunch (On your own)

1:00 Sasha Kay – “Exploring an aphid-psyllid interaction on tomato and bell pepper”

1:15 Ordom Brian Huot – “Apprehending the mechanisms of plant defense against subsequent Bactericera cockerelli feeding and ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ infection”

1:30 Diana Castillo Lopez – “Negative in planta effects of the entomopathogenic fungal endophytes Paecilomyces lilacinus and Beauveria bassiana on cotton aphid reproduction”

1:45 Kyle Harrison- “Testing for genetic differentiation among populations of the north American native cranberry fruitworm, Acrobasis vaccinii (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) from blueberries and cranberries”

2:00 Marion Le Gall – “Nutrient-allelochemical interactions and generalist insect herbivores: A fitness landscape approach”

2:15 Coffee Break, 1st Floor Atrium

2:30 Warren Boyce Sconiers – “The Nutrient Availability Hypothesis: A test of a unifying plant-herbivore hypothesis”

2:45 Paul Alvarado Lenhart – “Effects of drought stress on grassland plant traits and insect herbivore communities”

3:00 Loriann Garcia – “Overcompensation for insect herbivory: revealing its prevalence and characteristics using a meta-analysis”

3:15 Collin McMichael – “Are you my sister? A case of nepotism in colonies of Solenopsis invicta

3:30 Suhas Vyavhare – “Determination of damage potential of redbanded stink bug, Piezodorus guildinii (Westwood): An emerging pest of soybeans in southern US”

3:45 Justin Fiene – “A life-history systems-approach for studying the evolutionary ecology of an omnivorous thrips”

4:00 Coffee and Cookies Reception

4:30 Award Ceremony

5:00 Adjourn

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