International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI2018), August 5-10, 2018 in Guarujá, Brazil.

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Symposia Group 4 - Health and Immunity
Symposium 4.2 - Defense mechanisms against diseases in social insects
Speakers Abstract
Adele Bordoni Immune priming and its transmission across generation in Crematogaster scutellaris
Victoria Louise Challinor Termite guts as the first line of defence in a fungus-growing insect symbiosis
Emily Remnant Antiviral small RNA responses differ between honey bees and their parasitic mites
Sylvia Cremer Care and kill, resist and tolerate – the many ways to social immunity
Laura Elena Chavarria Pizarro Antibiotic activity associated to microorganisms in social wasp nests (Vespidae; Polistinae, Epiponini)
Erik Thomas Frank Treatment of injured nestmates improves survival in the termite-hunting ant Megaponera analis
Michael Poulsen Disease-free monoculture fungus farming in termites
Erin Louise Cole Termites: excellent candidates to study transgenerational-immune priming
Miguel Corona Colony-level effects of nutritional stress and nutritional supplementation
Symposium 4.3 - Pandemics, virulence and spill over– What can social insects teach us about virus evolution?
Speakers Abstract
Amanda Norton Uncoupling Deformed wing virus replication and virulence in Varroa-naive Australian honey bees
Peter Joseph Flynn A comparative assessment of endogenous viruses throughout ant genomes
Jessica Leoni Kevill Deformed wing virus variants and their implication in unexpected overwinter colony losses of European honey bees in the UK and USA
SHILPI BHATIA Genetic architecture of honey bee virus susceptibility
Dino McMahon Emerging bee viruses: from molecules to host and vector ecology
Olav Rueppell The honey bee egg - an underappreciated life stage
Symposium 4.4 - Open Session - Health and Immunity
Speakers Abstract
Tatsuya Inagaki Extended symbiosis: gut microbes protect termite nests from opportunistic microorganisms
Claire Detrain Impact of ant colony size on sanitary strategies and waste management
Luca Pietro Casacci How to deceive your host: chemical and vibroacoustical strategies of an inquiline ant
Zachary Y. Huang Does Nosema manipulate honey bee hosts?
Carl N. Keiser Queen presence alters the relationship between collective behavior and disease susceptibility in Temnothorax ant colonies
Megan Anne Mays Kutzer Compensating for disease induced losses: colony-level disease tolerance in ants
Kristine Gandia Brain plasticity, sex and parasitism in the paper wasp, Polistes dominula
Nathalie Stroeymeyt Social network plasticity decreases disease transmission in the ant Lasius niger
Ben Sadd Bumble bee immunity and parasite infection in the face of thermal variability and heatwaves
Symposia Group 5 - Ecophysiology and Environmental Interactions
Symposium 5.1 - Social insect ecophysiology
Speakers Abstract
Judith Korb Juvenile hormone, a key regulator of termite polyphenism
Jon Harrison Effects of body size and air temperature on the flight physiology of stingless bees
Marina Paula Arbetman Bumblebee decline: Global patterns and hypothesis of pathogen spill-over in Southern South America
Peter R. Marting Ant-plant sociometry: growth, distribution, morphology, and behavior in the Azteca-Cecropia mutualism
Chelsea Cook Predicting honey bee thermoregulatory response to climate change using a closed-loop control systems approach
Sarah Elizabeth Bengston A test of the physiological constraint hypothesis for the evolution of Pace-of-Life
Vanessa Corby-Harris Physiological mechanisms linking stress to hypopharyngeal gland degradation in Apis mellifera
Harmen P. Hendriksma Bee nutritional health amidst newcomers and new landscapes: Social benefits or misfits?
Simone Tosi Common pesticides and nutritional stress: synergistic effects on honey bee survival, energy levels, food consumption
Carol Peretz THE EVOLUTION OF SETAE AND THERMAL TOLERANCE IN THE TURTLE ANTS (CEPHALOTES)
Symposium 5.2 - Complex environmental interactions and its effect on colony phenotype
Speakers Abstract
Kaitlin M. Baudier Changing of the guard: Task dynamics of stingless bee nest defense in cleptoparasitic environments
Peter R. Marting The effects soil nutrients on collective personality in the Azteca-Cecropia mutualism
Maák István Elek Habitat type and colony personality traits affect production in Myrmica ants
Julie S. Miller Raiding decisions in a slave-making ant: making the best of a quick job
Paul Michael Barduninas Construction in the Macrotermitinae is governed by a stigmergically created humidity template.
Sarah Elizabeth Bengston The evolutionary bifurcation of social parasite strategies in Temnothorax ants
Iago Sanmartín-Villar Does early social context influence the expression of behavioural variability in ants?
Susanne Foitzik Gut microbiome and Wolbachia in Temnothorax ants: links to caste, immunity, colony productivity and size
Georgia Grace Iris McCombe The effect of a complex environment on Bombus terrestris colony level foraging effort
Serafino Teseo The scent of symbiosis: gut bacteria affect social interactions in fungus-growing ants
Symposium 5.3 - Social insect eco–physiology across scales
Speakers Abstract
Mathieu Lihoreau Nutritional interactions in insect societies: insights from geometry
Michael Poulsen From guts to ecosystems: symbiont roles in an ecologically-dominant fungus-farming insect
James Thomas Buxton The environmental predictors of ant melanisation over a bioclimatic gradient
Eva Schultner Interactions between an ant and its endosymbionts drive fitness responses to temperature change
Christina L Kwapich Ant colonies as islands: How host species traits alter size and life history in generalist ant crickets (Orthoptera: Myrmecophilidae)
Jelena Bujan Physiological adaptations of Neotropical canopy ants
Clint Penick Nutritional dynamics of urban ant communities
Fredrick J Larabee Ecomorphology and Evolution of Fungus-growing Ant Mandibles
Jonathan Zvi Shik Metabolic temperature sensitivity in ants
Kaitlin M. Baudier Interacting climate scales of army ant thermal tolerance
Symposium 5.4 - Open Session - Ecology of Social Insects
Speakers Abstract
Izabela Sondej Wood ant-tree interaction in temperate mixed and coniferous forests
Camila Maia-Silva Strategies of stingless bees (Melipona subnitida) to cope with irregular rainy periods in the Brazilian tropical dry forest
Simon Hellemans Ecological measures and gut microbiota unravel the feeding behaviour of the parthenogenetic termite Cavitermes tuberosus
Byron Daniel Sanmartin Guachizaca Influence of the Devil´s Garden (Duroia hirsuta, Rubiaceae) in the terrestrial invertebrate communities in the Yasuní National Park.
Christoph von Beeren Diet specialization in a community of neotropical army ants
Susan A. Weiner Are subordinate roles a conditional strategy? An energy budget of the female roles of Polistes dominula
Kateřina Votýpková Influence of symbionts on global patterns of termite distribution
John Aidan Manubay Sensory specialization, prey selection, and coexistence in army ants
ROBIN CASALLA DAZA Termite diversity in Neotropical dry forests of Colombia and the potential role of rainfall in structuring termite diversity
Symposia Group 6 - Conservation Biology and Progress in Ecology
Symposium 6.1 - Conservation of social insect populations
Speakers Abstract
Harry Siviter Sulfoxaflor- a potential replacement for neonicotinoid insecticides- has negative impacts on bumblebee colony fitness
KOK-BOON NEOH Ant assemblage in urban greenery: A test of island biogeography model and size-grain hypothesis
Elinor M. Lichtenberg Foraging traits drive outcomes of Neotropical stingless bee community disassembly under land use change
Jose Schoereder How ants could help us to draw conservation strategies in Brazil?
Brett Morgan Using species distribution modeling for bulk conservation assessments of South East Asian ants
Marianne Azevedo Silva Landscape genetics of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Cerrado savanna: The importance of preserving vegetation physiognomies
Pamela Cristina Gusmán Montalván Does the diversity of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) change by grazing in a Neotropical dry forest?
Symposium 6.2 - Past and future social insect invasions
Speakers Abstract
Jes Søe Pedersen Pharaoh ant workers regulate nutrition to prioritize colony growth over individual survival
Edward Vargo Reconstructing the global invasion history of two termites using genetic data
Terry McGlynn How does unicoloniality emerge? What we know and what we need to learn
Xim Cerda When invaders locally fail: the effect of temperature on the Argentine ant invasion in Spain
Elva Joan Hilda Robinson The dynamics of polydomy: decentralising colonies buffers environmental variation
Antoine Felden Variation in key behavioural traits and their molecular basis along the Argentine ant introduction pathway
Cleo Bertelsmeier Recurrent bridgehead effects accelerate global alien ant spread
Rosalyn Gloag Bees in a bottleneck: The invasion genetics of the Asian honey bee, Apis cerana, in the Austral-Pacific
Andrew Suarez How well do historical trade routes predict early patterns of ant invasions?
Ben Hoffmann The interplay of size, agility, habitat structure and behaviour for ant invasions
Symposium 6.3 - Ecosystem services provided by social insects: advances and perspectives
Speakers Abstract
Alejandro Gustavo Farji-Brener The role of ant nests on restoration in degraded ecosystems: effects on soil nutrients and vegetation patterns
Xavier Arnan Climate change and anthropogenic disturbance effects on ant-mediated ecosystem services in Brazilian Caatinga
Adam John Mears Devenish Mutualistic interactions facilitate trophic cascades: invaders beget invasion
Paul Eggleton The global patchiness of ecosystem services provided by termites
Marina Paula Arbetman The impact of invasive bees on agriculture
Srinivas Reddy Kencharlahalli Maddanna Evaluation of released sunflower hybrids in attracting bee pollinators for increased yields
Gabriela Inés Pirk Non-conspicuous but widespread nests of three ant species favour plant growth in NW Patagonia
Symposium 6.4 - Stingless bees: integrating basic biology, innovation and conservation policy
Speakers Abstract
Carlos Gustavo Nunes-Silva Stingless Bees and Microbes: Diversity and Dynamics in the Hive
Francis L. W. Ratnieks Stingless bees and honey bees: vive la difference
Chui Shao Xiong Pollen foraging preferences of stingless bees in a tropical Southeast Asian urban garden
Michael Hrncir The hidden costs of climate warming for stingless bee survival
Francisco Garcia Bulle Bueno A new technique for estimating landscape-level density of an Australian stingless bee (Tetragonula carbonaria)
Tereza Cristina Giannini Stingless bees of Eastern Amazon (National Forest of Carajás, Pará) and the impact of climate change on their distribution
Rodolfo Jaffé Landscape genetics of stingless bees: What do we know so far?
Vera Lucia Imperatriz-Fonseca Nature for people and stingless bees use and conservation, under IPBES framework
Eduardo A. B. Almeida Diversities of stingless bees worldwide
Cristiano Menezes The role of microorganisms to stingless bees and stingless bee keeping
Symposium 6.5 - Progress in ecology, behaviour, and social wasp management
Speakers Abstract
Juan Corley Long-term coexistence of two invasive vespid wasps in NW Patagonia (Argentina)
Erin E. Wilson Rankin Shifting pathogen diversity in predatory Vespula in response to the introduction of the honey bee parasite, Varroa
Jennifer Jandt Potential ecological predictors of Vespula colony aggression
Seirian Sumner The ecological and economic value of social wasps
Analía Mattiacci Foraging decisions in the invasive wasp Vespula germanica: towards an improvement of pest management
Micaela Buteler Effect of aversive odours on the foraging behavior of Vespula germanica
Daniela Mayorga Churión Response of the generalist predator Polistes myersi (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Polistinae) to entomopathogenic fungi used in biological control
Philip J Lester The influence of microbial networks on the fitness of common wasps in their native and invaded range.
Kevin J. Loope Disease and diet: what predicts colony longevity in an invasive Vespula population with occasional perenniality?
Maité Masciocchi Mating behavior of Vespula germanica (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in an invaded area: Implications for pest management
Symposia Group 7 - Phylogeny and Evolution
Symposium 7.1 - Macroevolution of ants
Speakers Abstract
Jeffrey Sosa-Calvo A phylogenomic test of symbiont fidelity in two fungus-growing ant genera and their fungal cultivars
Philip S. Ward Differential divergence and dispersal in ant evolution
Christian Rabeling The early evolution of ants
Abel Bernadou Individual experience underlies division of labor in a clonal ant
Jochen Drescher COMMUNITY PHYLOGENETICS AND TRAIT DISPERSION OF ARBOREAL ANTS AFTER RAINFOREST CONVERSION TO MONOCULTURES IN SUMATRA
Scott Powell Decoupling of soldier eco-morphological traits in the evolution of the turtle ants (Cephalotes)
Ted R. Schultz Evolutionary implications of increasingly refined phylogenies for fungus-farming ants and their fungal cultivars
Evan P. Economo Repeated evolution of a complex innovation underlies deterministic assembly of ecomorphological diversity in a global radiation of trap-jaw ants
Symposium 7.2 - Unorthodox speciation in eusocial insects: social parasitism, hybridization, and social barriers to reproduction
Speakers Abstract
Serge ARON The evolution of hybrid lineages in Cataglyphis desert ants: insights from phylogenetics and genomics.
Simon Martin Tierney Speciation mechanisms for inquiline social parasitism among allodapine bees: evidence for allopatry
Alan Brelsford Genetics of reproductive isolation in a Formica hybrid zone
David R. Nash The emergence of low diversity gut-microbiomes in fungus-growing ants
Marek L. Borowiec Phylogenomics of Formica ants reveals complex speciation patterns and evolution of socially parasitic life histories
Heather Hines The origin and speciation of bumble bee social parasites
Matthew M Prebus Opportunistic slavemakers: Emery's rule and dulosis in Temnothorax ants
Jessica Purcell Why don't transitions in queen number lead to speciation?
Barbara Feldmeyer The evolution of social parasitism in the ant genus Temnothorax
Sara Helms Cahan Evolutionary origins and genomic consequences of hybridogenesis in Pogonomyrmex harvester ants.
Hugo Darras Molecular evolution in the “double-clonal” longhorn crazy ant
Lukas Schrader Genome evolution and speciation of inquiline social parasites
Philip S. Ward Social parasitism in Pseudomyrmex ants
Romain A. Dahan Social polymorphism, reproductive cheating, and the origins of reproductive isolation in ant social parasites
Alessandro Cini The complexities of social parasite evolution: behavioural integration, chemical mimicry and rebellion
Christian Rabeling Reconstructing the evolutionary history of leaf-cutting ants reveals multiple origins of inquiline social parasitism via sympatric speciation
Symposium 7.3 - Open Session - Taxonomy and phylogeny
Speakers Abstract
Rodolfo da Silva Probst A phylogenomoc approach to myrmecophytism dynamics: Myrmelachista ants and their plant associations in Central America
Scott Solomon Molecular systematics of Trachymyrmex ants and their fungal cultivars
Eliana M. Cancello Collections and curators: endangered species! Reflections from the MZUSP termite collection
Karen Meusemann Phylogeny and divergence time estimates of Blattodea using a phylogenomic approach
Johanna Elizabeth Romero Arias Gizzard anatomy casts new light on Apicotermitinae systematics
Daej A Arab Phylogenetics of cockroaches and termites based on genomic data from the obligate endosymbiont Blattabacterium cuenoti
Ales Bucek Reconstructing termite evolution with transcriptome- and mitochondrial genome-based phylogenies
Ana Jesovnik Phylogeny, taxonomy, and natural history of fungus-farming ant genus Sericomyrmex
Symposium 7.4 - Open session - Ecology and Evolution
Speakers Abstract
Philipp Peter Sprenger Diversification of phenotypic traits in parabiotic ant species
Li Chen Cuticular hydrocarbon chemistry shapes the current distribution of the imported fire ants in the USA
Jignasha D. Rana Cryptic diversification in Cephalotes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), a species rich Neotropical ant lineage
Matthew Ryan Boot A geographic basis for selection in the mercenary-ant symbiosis
Abraham Hefetz Cryptic species or social polymorphism in the desert ant Cataglyphis
Rachelle Matha Marie Adams Alterations of alkaloidal weaponry in Megalomyrmex social parasites: Transitions across the phylogeny
Natalia Carolina Castro Cortés Analysis of the tarsal asymmetry in social wasp of the genus Mischocyttarus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Polistinae)
Sacha Zahnd Hybridization and reproductive isolation between socially polymorphic ant species
Symposium 7.5 - Open Session - Phylogeography and Biogeography
Speakers Abstract
Himender Bharti Molecular Phylogeny and Phylogeography of genus Myrmica (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Himalaya
Michael A. D. Goodisman Population genetics of invasive Vespula wasps
Ulrich G. Mueller Biogeography of leafcutter ants and their fungal cultivars
Taisuke Kanao Species diversity and evolution of termitophilous rove beetles
Eliška Cintulová Global patterns of family Kalotermitidae distribution
Thomas Bourguignon Historical biogeography of termites
Tiago Fernandes Carrijo New World Heterotermes (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae): molecular phylogeny, biogeography, and a new species
Tamara R. Hartke Sampling scale, scope and resolution affect interpretation of termite core microbiomes
Milan Janda The contribution of non-neutral processes in the biogeography, community structure and population history of the Indo-Pacific trap-jaw ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Odontomachus)
Flavio de Oliveira Francisco Continental phylogeography of the ubiquitous stingless bee Tetragonisca angustula
Symposia Group 8 - IUSSI Horizontal Issues
Symposium 8.1 - Research Ethics, Equity, and Responsible Science
Speakers Abstract
Joan Herbers Gender equity in the sciences: why is this so hard?
Daniele Fanelli Taking the pulse of social insects research
Miriam Richards How did that paper get published? Roles of editors and reviewers in the dissemination of scientific data

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