30 de Oct Role of microbial symbionts on the biological interactions in agroecosystems

The workshop is organized by the Center for Molecular and Functional Ecology and funded by the Program of International Cooperation – CONICYT.

The workshop is aimed at reviewing and discussing how insect associated microorganisms may play a key role as drivers in the ecology and evolution of invasive organisms, particularly aphid pests and invasive plants. The workshop congregates major exponents on the topic, who will synthesize the state of art in the field, for further drawing new avenues for research in the forthcoming years. The development of sustainable and environmentally friendly pest management methods based on the manipulation of those microorganisms is one of the greatest challenges.

Invited speakers

– Dr. Jean-Christophe Simon (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, INRA-Rennes, France).

– Dr. Christoph Vorburger (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, ETHZ, Switzerland).

– Dr. Frederic Francis (Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Belgium).

– Dr. Raúl Medina (Texas A&M, Department of Entomology, USA).

– Dr. Luis E. Castañeda (Institute of Biomedical Sciencies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile).

– Dr. Claudio P. Veloso (Department of Ecological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Chile).


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