“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
Advancement in the field of entomology is frequently driven by a variety of factors beyond scientific exploration and interest, from ease of sampling and identification or the favouring of more ‘charasmatic microfauna’ to difficulties in obtaining resources required for specialised field or laboratory techniques or funding bias.
This conference seeks to address this by providing a platform for areas of entomology that are often overlooked or understudied and discussing what can be learned from these groups.
The plenary sessions, each with an associated themed session, will explore three important and varied areas in entomology, which we have termed the good, the bad and the ugly:
- The Good will explore lesser studied groups which have key roles in ecosystem function – Professor Stefan Scheu – Georg August University Göttingen – Belowground goodies: Ecology and evolution of soil microarthropods
- The Bad will explore lesser known vectors of disease, current knowledge, and challenges faced – Professor Richard Wall – Bristol University – Ticks and tick-borne disease
- The Ugly will explore the challenges and difficulties of studying and conducting research on less charismatic species or the microfauna and discuss what we can learn from them – Dr Jason Dombroskie – Cornell University Insect Collection – Yes that’s nice…but look at this! Challenges of generating interest in and relevance to the non-charismatic microfauna and Professor Lin Field – Aphids as vectors of crop diseases
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