Do you want to know about bark beetle genomics?

Section symposium ESA: FORENTOMICS

Attend the upcoming symposium organized by EXTEMIT scientists.

  • Dr. Amit Roy
  • Prof. Fredrik Schlyter

Few forest pests have benefited as significantly as the scolytinae from advances in molecular biology and genomics. Speakers will address the extent of these advances, highlighting initiatives and demonstrating applications of cutting-edge molecular tools to further our understanding of the biology and management of bark beetles under increasingly challenging conditions.


  • 1:00 PM – 1:02 PM EST
    Introductory remarks
    Fredrik Schlyter
  • 1:02 PM – 1:27 PM EST
    A retrospective look at 40 years of bark beetle genetics research in North America
    Barbara J. Bentz; Ryan Bracewell – University of California Berkeley; Karen Mock – Utah State University; Ken Raffa – University of Wisconsin
  • 1:27 PM – 1:47 PM EST
    Genome of the Eurasian spruce bark beetle, Ips typographus
    Fredrik Schlyter; Dan Powell – Lund University/ Czech University of Life Sciences; Ewald Grosse-Wilde – Max Planck Inst. Chem. Ecol; Heiko Vogel – Max Planck Inst. Chem. Ecol.; Paul Krokene – Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research; Amit Roy, PhD; Martin N Andersson – Lund University
  • 1:47 PM – 2:07 PM EST
    Genome sequencing in bark beetles
    Christopher I. Keeling – Laval University, Laurentian Forestry Centre; Erin Campbell; Telsa Willsey – Canadian Forest Service; Ward Strong – BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development; Dezene Philip Wiebe Huber; Felix Sperling – University of Alberta; Katherine Bleiker – Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre
  • 1:52 PM – 2:12 PM EST
  • 2:12 PM – 2:32 PM EST
    Chromosome-level genome assembly of an important pine defoliator, Dendrolimus punctatus (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae)
    Zhen Zhang; Chengxu Wu – Chinese Academy of Forestry; Fu Liu – Chinese Academy of Forestry; Sufang Zhang – Chinese Academy of Forestry; Xiangbo Kong – Chinese Academy of Forestry
  • 2:32 PM – 2:37 PM EST
  • 2:37 PM – 2:57 PM EST
    Core microbiota in bark beetle gut and their ecological relevance
    Amit Roy, PhD; Amrita Chakraborty – Czech University of Life Sciences Prague; Muhammad Zubair Asraf – Czech University of Life Sciences Prague; Roman Modlinger – Czech University of Life Sciences Prague; Jiří Synek – Czech University of Life Sciences Prague; Fredrik Schlyter
  • 2:57 PM – 3:17 PM EST
    Evolutionary and genomic insights into beetle associated Bacteroidetes bacteria
    Tobias Engl; Julian Kiefer – Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz; Eugen Bauer – Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz; Jürgen Wierz – Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz; Martin Kaltenpoth – Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
  • 3:17 PM – 3:22 PM EST
  • 3:22 PM – 3:47 PM EST
    RNAi and its prospects as bioinsecticide against agricultural and forest pests
    Guy Smagghe – Ghent University; Silvia Sabbadini – Universita Politecnica delle Marche; Bruno Mezzetti – Universita Politecnica delle Marche; Salvatore Arpaia – Italian National Agency for New Technologies; Olivier Christiaens; Antje Dietz-Pfeilstetter – Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI); Huw Jones – Aberystwyth University; Kaloyan Kostov – Agricultural Academy; Hilde-Gunn Opsahl-Sorteberg – Norwegian University of Life Sciences; Vera Ventura – Universita degli Studi di Milano
  • 3:47 PM – 4:07 PM EST
    RNAi-induced gene silencing as a novel tool for management of bark beetles and wood borers
    Lynne K. Rieske-Kinney – University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology; Bethany Kyre; Flavia Pampolini; Mary Caitlin Wallace – University of Kentucky; Zachary Bragg; Hannah Marie Hollowell
  • 4:07 PM – 4:27 PM EST
    Using comparative genomics to identify species-specific targets for RNAi in Dendroctonus bark beetles
    Claudio Casola; Shelby Landa – Texas A&M University; Carl Hjelmen – Texas A&M University; Michelle Jonika – Texas A&M University; Brian Sullivan – USDA Forest Service; Bethany Kyre; Lynne K. Rieske-Kinney – University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology; Heath Blackmon – Texas A&M University
  • 4:27 PM – 4:32 PM EST
  • 4:32 PM – 4:52 PM EST
    Genetic variation may impact RNAi responses between geographically distinct southern pine beetle populations
    Bethany Kyre; Lynne K. Rieske-Kinney – University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology
  • 4:52 PM – 5:02 PM EST
  • 5:02 PM – 5:05 PM EST
    Closing remarks
    Lynne K. Rieske-Kinney – University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology


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