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Mechanisms and Consequences of Invertebrate-Microbe Interactions
Organizer(s): Bruno Lemaitre, Nicole M. Gerardo and Jason Rasgon
Date: January 26 - 30, 2014
Location: Granlibakken Tahoe, Tahoe City, CA, USA
Supported by the Directors' Fund
Summary of Meeting:
Our understanding of invertebrate-microbe interactions has broadened dramatically in the past quarter century. At the mechanistic level, we have discovered immune mechanisms conserved across organisms. At the ecological level, we have gained appreciation for the complex spectrum of cooperative and detrimental interactions that hosts have with microbes. A comprehensive understanding of host-microbe interactions is integral to limiting the ability of organisms, particularly insects, to spread diseases that impact human health and destroy crops. Study of invertebrate-microbe interactions also provides insight into the role that beneficial microbes play in the health of all organisms. Despite advances, there is a need to integrate mechanistic, genomic, ecological and applied approaches. To date, few meetings have brought together researchers from across disciplines who are working on invertebrate-microbe symbioses. This symposium will host scientists studying diverse aspects of invertebrate-microbe interactions in different systems (e.g., squid, leeches, flies, nematodes, bees). Attendees will include molecular biologists studying immune mechanisms and evolutionary ecologists working on pest control in the field. Talks will focus on both beneficial and harmful microbial associations, allowing cross-fertilization of knowledge from one system to another and providing impetus for further fundamental advances and applied applications. The meeting goals include: 1) Incorporating speakers who work on diverse systems; 2) Engaging participants who are addressing these interactions from both the microbial and host perspectives; 3) Highlighting research that ranges in focus from molecular mechanisms to ecological-evolutionary aspects; 4) Increasing dialogue between researchers working on both beneficial and harmful microbial associations.
Scholarship Deadline: October 9 2013
Discounted Abstract Deadline: October 9 2013
Abstract Deadline: November 4 2013
Discounted Registration Deadline: November 25 2013
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
New England Biolabs, Inc.
$1 - $2,499

Entomological Society of America
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