Welcome to the Society for Invertebrate Pathology, Microsporidia History

Society for Invertebrate Pathology
Division of



Past Officers | Students Awards | Meetings


Past Officers


Dr Grant Stentiford


Chair Elect

Dr. Elke Genersch



Dr Kate Aronstein



Dr Huang Shaokang


Dr Regina Kleespies


Student Representative:

Kelly Bateman


Eva Forsgren




Student Awards


Eva Garcia-Gonzalez (CBP, a new member of CBM33 family, is an important virulence factor of Paenibacillus larvae, the causative agent of AFB)


Kelly Bateman (Susceptibility to viral infection and pathogenicity of White Spot Disease (WSD) in non-model crustacean host taxa from temperate regions)




2012 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Symposium: Bee health in Latin America
Organizers: Elke Genersch and Adriana Alippi

  • Colony collapse occurrence in Africanized honey bees in Brazil. Presented by Dejair Message, Brasil
  • Status of pathogens and other potential enemies of native bumblebees in Argentina. Presented by Matías D. Maggi, Argentina
  • Epidemiology of Tetracycline resistant strains of Paenibacillus larvae, the cause of American Foulbrood, in the Americas. Presented by Adriana M. Alippi , Argentina
  • Molecular pathogenesis of American Foulbrood, a globally occurring epizootic of honey bees. Presented by Elke Genersch, Germany

Cross Divisional Symposium (Diseases of Beneficial Invertebrates and Microsporidia Divisions): New insights into host-pathogen interaction in the Microsporidia
Organizers: Dörte Goertz and Grant Stentiford

  • Genomic insights into the interactions of the microsporidian parasites Nosema and their honey bee hosts. Presented by Yan Ping (Judy) Chen, USA
  • Investigating the secretome of diverse microsporidia. Presented by Bryony Williams, UK

Workshop: OIE-notifiable aquatic invertebrate: a Latin American perspective
Organizer: Grant Stentiford

  • Listed diseases and the global trading of aquatic crustaceans. Presented by: Grant Stentiford, UK
  • Presence of OIE –Notifiable viral pathogens in crustaceans from Argentina. Presented by: Sergio Martorelli, Argentina
  • First survey of notifiable viral diseases of crustaceans in wild red shrimp Pleoticus muelleri in the San Jorge Gulf, Argentina. Carlos Zenobi, Argentina
  • IHHN disease of shrimp: history of the disease and strain divergence of its viral agent. Presented by D.V. Lightner, USA
2011 - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

OECD Co-operative Research: Programme Funded Symposium: Disease in Aquatic Crustaceans: Problems and Solutions for Global Food Security
Organizer & Chair: Grant Stentiford

Plenary Symposium

  • Crustacean diseases – A Canadian perspective Rick Cawthorn. Department of Pathology and Microbiology, AVCLSC, Canada
  • Crustacean diseases – A US perspective Jeff Shields. Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, USA
  • Crustacean diseases – A European perspective Grant Stentiford. European Union Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases, Cefas, UK
  • Crustacean Diseases – An Australian perspective Brian Jones. Aquaculture Department of Fisheries of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Cross Divisional Symposium: Viruses of Aquatic Invertebrates
Organizers: Karyn Johnson and Grant Stentiford

  • Infectious myonecrosis: review of a new virus disease that emerged in the Americas, was introduced into SE Asia and quickly became OIE listed. Donald Lightner, Bonnie T. Poulos, Carlos R. Pantoja, Rita M. Redman. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Evolutionary epidemiology of viral pathogens in shrimp aquaculture Jeff Lotz, The University of Southern Mississippi, USA
  • Wispovirus genetic variation and evolution in shrimp Just M. Vlak, Dieu T.M Bui, Mark P. Zwart, Mart C.M. de Jong. Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Evidence for autonomous genetic modification in shrimp and its implications for viral disease diagnosis and control. V. Saksmerprome, S. Jitrakorn, K. Chayaburakul, T. W. Flegel. Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Diseases of Beneficial Invertebrates Division Business Meeting
Organizer: Grant Stentiford

2010 - Trabzon, Turkey

DBI Symposium: Pathogens of Pollinators: A Molecular Perspective
Organizer: Elke Genersch

  • Transcriptome analysis of honey bee (Apis mellifera) larvae infected with chalkbrood fungus. Presented by: Katherine Aronstein, USA
  • Nosema ceranae and Nosema apis – Comparative virulence. Presented by: Ingemar Fries, Sweden
  • European foulbrood in the molecular era. Presented by: Eva Forsgren, Sweden

Cross Divisional Symposium (Virus and DBI Divisions): Viruses and Diseases of Beneficial Invertebrates
Viruses of Pollinators
Organizers: Nancy Ostiguy and Ivan Meeus

  • Multiplex detection of viruses in bumblebees. Presented by Ivan Meeus, Belgium
  • Dicistroviruses in Honey Bees: An overview and future research direction. Presented by: Joachim de Miranda, Sweden
  • DWV – An interesting bee virus. Presented by Elke Genersch, Germany
  • Recent advances in CBPV (Chronic bee paralysis virus) study. Presented by: Magali Ribière, France

Workshop: Histopathology of beneficial invertebrates
Organizer: Grant Stentiford

  • Histopathology of crustaceans: a frontline tool in pathogen discovery and diagnosis. Presented by: Grant Stentiford, UK
  • Histopathology of bivalve molluscs. Presented by: Matt Longshaw, UK
  • Histopathology of bees: A neglected discipline. Presented by: Elke Genersch, Germany
  • A dyeing art: Histopathology for the assessment of health and disease in terrestrial insect populations. Presented by: Gemma Baron, UK
2009 - Park City, USA
The first Business Meeting of the new Division (DBI) was held on Wednesday 19th August, 2009 during the Society of Invertebrate Pathology meeting in Park City, Utah. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Grant Stentiford of the European Community Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases.