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Past Officers


Dörte Goertz (Germany)


David Oi (USA)


Regina Kleespies (Germany)


Gernot Hoch (Austria)


Rudolf Wegensteiner (Austria)


Vice Chair

Carlos Lange(Argentina)



Andreas Linde (Germany)


Susan Bjornson (Canada)


Dörte Goertz (Germany)



Daniela Pilarska (Bulgaria)


Wei-Fone Huang (USA)


Steven Valles (USA)


Jiping Liu (China)


Emma Ormond (United Kingdom)


Julia Solokova (Russia)


Susan Bjornson (Canada)


Michael McGuire (USA)


Douglas Streett (USA)


Joel Siegel (USA)


Michael Henn (Germany)


Student Representative:

Gwyn Puckett (USA)


Nils Cordes (USA)


Yi-chun Tsai (Taiwan)


Taro Saito (Canada)


Thomas Kolling (Germany)


Christina Campbell (Canada)




Student Awards

2011 - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Sebastian Gisder (Germany) - Institute For Bee Research
Martignoni Award and 2nd place Student Paper Award

2010 - Trabzon, Turkey

Katy Peat (UK) - Student Travel Award

2009 - Park City, Utah, USA
Nils Cordes (USA) - University of Illinois - Student Travel Award
2008 - Warwick, United Kingdom

Yi-chun Tsai (Taiwan) - Taiwan National University - Student Travel Award

Geoffrey Williams (Canada) - Acadia University - Student Travel Award

2007 - QuÉbÉc City, Canada

Oliver Otti (Switzerland) - Institute of Integrative Biology, Zurich - Student Travel Award

Yi-chun Tsai (Taiwan) - National Taiwan University - 2nd Place Paper Award

2006 - Wuhan, China

Thomas Kolling (Germany) - Student Travel Award and Fachhochschule Eberswalde 2nd Place Student Paper Award

Wei-Fone Huang (Taiwan) - Taiwai National University - Third Place Student Paper Award

2005-Anchorage, Alaska
Elizabeth McClymont - University of Leeds-Student Travel Award
Christina Campbell - University of Toronto-Student Travel Award



Founders Awards

2005 Anchorage, Alaska

Founders’ Lecturer: James J. Becnel USDA-ARS, Gainesville, Florida,
USA Founders’ Honoree: Elizabeth Canning Imperial College, London

2001 Noorwijkerhout, The Netherlands

Founders’ Lecturer: Wayne Brooks(R), North Carolina State University, USA
Founders’ Honoree: Prof. Jaroslav Weiser (L), Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic




2010 Symposium & Workshop in Trabzon, Turkey
Microsporidia Division Symposium: “Microsporidia and Other Pathogens in Arthropods from the Eastern Mediterranean Region”,
Andreas Linde, convener

Release of Nosema lymantriae, Vairimorpha disparis and Entomophaga maimaiga for classical and augmentative biological control of gypsy moth in Bulgaria and the United States
Daniela Pilarska - Institute of Zoology, BAS, Sofia, BG
Andreas Linde - University of Applied Sciences, Eberswalde, DE
Plamen Pilarski - Institute of Plant Physiology, BAS, Sofia, BG
Danail Takov - Institute of Zoology, BAS, Sofia, BG
Georgi Georgiev - Forest Research Institute, BAS, Sofia, BG
Leellen Solter - Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, Champaign, US

Pathogens of forest pest insects in Georgia
Manana Kereselidze - Vasil Gulisashvili Forest Institute, Tbilisi, GE
Daniela Pilarska - Institute of Zoology, Sofia, BG
Nana Goginashvili - Vasil Gulisashvili Forest Institute, Tbilisi, GE

An overview on entomopathogenic protists from Turkey
Andreas Linde, University of Applied Sciences, Eberswalde, DE.

Pathogen infections of the bark beetle Dendroctonus micans and its predator Rhizophagus grandis from Turkey
Renate Radek - Free University of Berlin, Berlin, DE.

Entomopathogenic fungi as potential microbial control agents against hazelnut and forest pests in the Black Sea region of Turkey
Ali Sevim - Karadeniz Technical University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, Trabzon, TR
Ismail Demir - Karadeniz Technical University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, Trabzon, TR
Elif Tanyeli - Karadeniz Technical University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, Trabzon, TR
Zihni Demirbag - Karadeniz Technical University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, Trabzon, TR

Microsporidia Division Workshop: “Genomics of microsporidia ”
Dörte Goertz, convener

Small, beautiful and sexy? Insights from a decade of microsporidian genomics.
Joe Ironside - Aberysytwyth University, Aberystwyth, GB

2009 Symposium & Workshop at Park City Utah
Microsporidia Division Symposium:. “Microsporidia of Beneficial Arthropods”,
David Oi, convener

Nosema ceranae research in Spain: a review.
Raquel Martín-Hernández - Bee Pathology Lab., Apicultural Center Marchamalo,
Aránzazu Meana - Animal Health Dep. Faculty of Veterinary (UCM),
Pilar García-Palencia - Medicine and Surgery Dep. Faculty of Veterinary (UCM),
Mariano Higes - Bee Pathology Laboratory, Apicultural Center of Marchamalo

Nosema ceranae and Nosema disease in honey bee.
Wei-Fone Huang and Leellen Solter - Illinois Natural History Survey, Univ. Illinois
Chung-Hsiung Wang – Dept. Entomology, National Taiwan University

Are microsporidia involved in bumble bee decline?
Nils Cordes and Leellen Solter - Illinois Natural History Survey, Univ. Illinois
Sydney Cameron and Jeffrey Lozier - Dept Entomology, Univ. Illinois
James Strange and Terry Griswold - USDA-ARS Pollinating Insect Res. Unit, Logan Utah.

Social parasitism in microsporidia: Kneallhazia solenopsae development in fire ant colonies.
Yuliya (Julia) Sokolova - Institute of Cytology Russian Academy of Sciences
James Fuxa - Louisiana State University AgCenter Entomology Dept.

Microsporidia in lady beetles used for biological pest control.
Taro Saito and Susan Bjornson- Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Microsporidia Division Workshop: “Staining techniques used for microsporidia infecting invertebrates”
Dörte Goertz, convener
Localization of microsporidia in amphipod hosts using in situ hybridization.
Aurore Dubuffet , Judith Smith, and Alison Dunn - University of Leeds

Fluroescence Staining for improved detection of microsporidian spores.
Andreas Linde and Thomas Kolling – Univ. Applied Sciences, Eberswalde, Germany

Mitochondria related structures staining of Nosema spp.
Yi-chun Tsai and Chung-Hsiung Wang - National Taiwan University
2008 Cross-Division Symposium - Warwick, UK
"Pathogens of Bees" Ingemar Fries, convener

New insights into AFB pathogenesis.
Elke Genersch, Institute for Bee Research, Neuendorf, Germany

Nosema in bumble bees: Steps towards understanding.
Mark J.F. Brown, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland

Sexual transmission of deformed wing virus in honeybees.
Joachim R. de Miranda, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Ingemar Fries.

Epizootilogical aspects of chalkbrood infections in the alfalfa leafcutting bee.
Rosalind James, USDA-ARS, Logan, UT, USA

Co-evolution of mites and social honeybees in Asia.
Denis L. Anderson, CSIRO Entomology, Canberra, Australia

2008 Workshop - Warwick, UK
"Use of QPCR to Quantify Microsporidia Infection"
David Oi, Convener
Dr. Steven Valles and Dr. Jay Evans, guest speakers
2007 Symposium - QuÉbÉc City, Canada
"Microsporidia in Beneficial and Pest Insects in Greenhouse, Nursery and Pollination Systems"
Regina Kleespies & Leellen Solter, Conveners

A unique microsporidium infecting the black vine weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a pest of landscape, small fruit and nursery plants.
Denny J. Bruck, USDA-ARS, HCRL, Corvalis, OR, USA
Leellen Solter, Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, IL, USA
Michael Baker, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA

Plight of the bumblebee: pathogen spillover from commercial to wild populations
Sheila Colla, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Nosema riddle: Puzzling fitness effects in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris
Oliver Otti and Paul Schmid-Hempel, Institute of Integrated Biology, Zurich, Switzerland

The convergent lady beetle and its microsporidium: potential impacts on non-target coccinellids
Taro Saito and Susan Björnson, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada

Microsporidia of predaceous mites used for biological pest control
Susan Björnson, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada
2007 Workshop - QuÉbÉc City, Canada
“Methods of field inoculation with microsporidia: a round-table discussion”
David Oi, Convener
2007 Cross-Divisional Symposium - QuÉbÉc City, Canada
“Battling Alien Invaders: Development and use of Entomopathogens to Control Invasive Pests” Louela Castrillo, Convener

Development and production of the Lymantria dispar nucleopolyhedrovirus as a microbial control agent for the gypsy moth
James Slavicek, USDA Forest Service, Delaware, OH, USA

Releasing exotic microsporidia into North American gypsy moth populations: regulations and other issues
Leellen Solter, Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, IL, USA

Entomophaga maimaiga and the gypsy moth in North America: toward predicting epizootics.
Ann Hajek, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
Charlotte Nielson, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Patrick Tobin, USDA Forest Service, Morgantown, PA, USA

Potential uses ofBeauveria bassiana GHA for management of the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae)
Leah Bauer, USDA Forest Service, East Lansing, MI, USA

Thelohania solenopsae as a factor of fire ant populations
David Oi, USDA-ARS-CMAVE, Gainesville, FL, USA

2006 Symposium - Wuhan, China
"Microsporidia in silk moth"
Gernot Hoch & Leellen Solter-Convenors

Nosema bombycis and the silkworm industry
James Becnel, USDA-ARS-CMAVE, Gainesville, FL, USA

Diversity among microsporidian parasites causing silkworm pebrine disease
Ji-Ping Liu, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China
Judith Smith, Leeds University, Leeds, UK
Ling Zeng, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China

From Nosema bombycis rDNA organization to revise the Nosema isolates in Taiwan
Chih-Yuan Wang, Wei-Fone Huang, and Chung-Hsiung Wang, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan