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K-State Today

July 26, 2011



Entomologist organizes international symposium in Brazil

By David Margolies

John Reese, professor of entomology, was an organizer of the Hemipteran-Plant Interactions Symposium at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 11-14. The symposium was an interdisciplinary conference designed to bring together entomologists and plant physiologists to foster a greater degree of understanding and collaboration among researchers who share an interest in the interactions between hemipteran feeding behavior, plant physiology and plant pathogens. More than 130 scientists from 19 countries attended the four-day meeting.

Reese was one of four researchers who served on the scientific committee that planned session topics and identified and invited keynote speakers. Reese was also a co-author, along with colleagues from the University of North Texas, of a paper, "Molecular basis of host defense against green peach aphid." Reese's paper was presented during the session "Plant Physiological and Molecular Responses to Hemipteran Feeding" at the symposium. More information about the symposium can be found here.