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International Union for the Study of Social Insects
Summary The International Union for the Study of Social Insects is the major international academic society for the study of social insects including honeybees. The society meets every four years to disucss the latest trends in social insect research and will this year meet in Cairns, with 700 delegates expected, including 200 of the world's top honey bee scientists. The project will fund Dr Jay Evans, a world authority on honey bee and varroa genomics and colony collapse disorder, to address this conference and to make presentations to at least one state conference in 2014. The conference will include a session that is focused on honey bees for a beekeeper audience.
Program Honey Bee
Research organisation The University of Sydney
Objective summary The conference aims to provide Australian delegates with access to international honey bee scientists, with sessions of relevance including: the impacts of environmental stressors on bee declines; honeybee learning and memory; nutrition and social behavior; recruitment behaviour and dance language communication; insect epigenomics; empirical studies of the evoluntion of colonylevel traits; decoding the sophisticated chemical communication of social insects; evolutionary, genetic and physiological basis of ageing in social insects; why is parasitism more adaptive than being social among bees; reproductive division of labour and the evolution of queen pheromones; social insect hostmicrobe interactions; microbiota in social insects; phenotypic phenomena and molecular basis of social insect immunity; comparative genomics of social evolution I and II; social insects as biological invaders; breaking the sting barrier: evolution, conservation and sustainable use of stingless bees; open questions and promising approaches in understanding eusocial evolution.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Friday, January 17, 2014
Project completion date Monday, August 18, 2014
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries
Rural priority Adoption of R&D
RIRDC goal HBE-Increase understanding the role of flora in honeybee management
Principal researcher Madeleine Beekman
Research manager Dave Alden
Admin contact Pearly Harumal