11-12 March: 48th Annual meeting DPG Workgroup Nematology
3-8 May: 7th International Congress of Nematology
(Antibes Juan-les-Pins, France)
12-15 May: 22nd Symposium of the Nematological Society of Southern Africa (Machadodorp, Mpumalanga, ZA)
26-30 May: 36th Brazilian Congress of Nematology (Caldas Novas, Brazil)
7-10 July: SON Annual Meeting (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)
21-25 July: Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America (ONTA) Annual Meeting 2019 (San José, Costa Rica)
29 – 30 July: 6th International Conference on Parasitology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
29 July- 4 August: XIII International Symposium of the Russian Society of Nematologists (Petrozavodsk, Russia)
12 – 16 August: Society for Invertebrate Pathology (SIP) Annual Conference 2018 (Valencia, Spain)
Summaries Past Events
13-14 March 2019: 47th Annual meeting DPG Workgroup Nematology (Kiel, Germany)
47th Symposium on Nematology in Germany shows scope of nematode research. Impressions from Melanie Goll, Global Technical Innovation Manager for Syngenta
Dr. Matthias Daub (Julius Kuehn Institute) and Dr. Ulrike Hakel (Landwirtschaftskammer Nordrein Westfahlen) organized the Symposium to be hosted at the Kiel headquarters of e-nema – which specializes in biological pest control with nematodes.
This location allowed an e-nema facility tour and interesting session on biotechnical production of biological crop protection compounds. In a day and one-half, the Symposium covered a wide range of topics, from nematode control, the interaction of nematodes with the soil biome, and virus transmission of nematodes, to breeding efforts for new nematode resistance traits and catch and cover crops. While the major focus was on nematode problems in Germany, a presentation was also shared about the devastating effect of the recent occurrence of potato cyst nematodes in Kenya – and the critical need to react with a strategy tailored to potato production in the country (current practice monoculture, three-four crops/year). As often with such gatherings of scientific experts, I especially valued the good discussions and shared interests among nematologists, including on topics wider than one’s own area of scientific focus. The meeting created a strong collegial atmosphere – with bilateral project discussions and planning for upcoming congresses going forward with full energy during the coffee breaks!
The 48th Symposium on Nematology will take place March 11-12 2020, at the AGES (Oesterreichische Agentur fuer Ernaehrungssicherheit) in Vienna. This meeting is open to everyone interested in the topic. DPG membership is appreciated but not required for participation.
14 – 15 March 2017: 45th Annual meeting DPG Workgroup Nematology (Einbeck, Germany)
Impressions from the 45th Symposium on Nematology, German Scientific Society for Plant Protection and Plant Health (DPG) by Domenica Jeni, Technical Specialist Insecticides and Nematicides, Syngenta
About 65 nematologists met in March for the 45th Symposium on Nematology (Arbeitskreis Nematologie) by the German Scientific Society for Plant Protection and Plant Health (DPG). This year’s annual symposium was hosted by KWS in Einbeck, Germany. The event won over people who already knew each other for decades with a charming, almost familiar character, as well as warmly welcomed newcomers. The two days started off with an insightful tour through the KWS facilities. The plenary session was then opened by the organizer Matthias Daub, Julius Kuehn Institute, Germany. The following sessions covered a wide range of nematode research topics. The first session focused on resistance traits and breeding in general, host range and phylogeography of Heteroderidea and the evaluation of the damage potential of Hemicycliophora conida. A second block comprised a discussion on resistance versus tolerance and to what extend this depends on pest pressure, as well as the use of sugar beet and green manure crops in crop rotations to control H. betae, population dynamics of H. schachtii, sampling with NemaGator (a GPS equipped truck that is able to relocate sampling sites) and the impact of sampling at different soil depth. Day two set off with a molecular block elucidating molecular mechanisms of resistance as well as the potential of biosurfactants. The last block comprised a Xiphinema survey, a presentation on biological control of nematodes and two talks on the use of control plants in crop rotations followed by an interesting talk on the fact that chemical tools to control Ditylenchus are lacking. Overall, the conference was a very valuable and pleasant experience!
Video by KWS on sampling with the NemaGator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwHipiIeRAw
17 – 22 July 2016: Joint meeting of SON and OTAN (Montreal, Canada)
September 2016 SON meeting key take away by Professor Richard Sikora
The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nematologists (SON), held in Montreal, Canada (July 2016), represented a milestone as the first joint meeting with the Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America (ONTA). More than 240 experts from Central and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe participated in this important discussion about the imminent nematode threat that is resulting from current crop production practices. Key take-aways focused on how use of nematode resistant / tolerant cultivars is masking a resistance build-up and the need for chemical and biological nematicides to address this unseen, yet growing industry challenge.