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K-State Today

July 27, 2011



Entomologist makes 11 research presentations during trip to China

By David Margolies

Kun Yan Zhu, professor of entomology, had an active trip to China.

He was an organizer of the Symposium on Insect Molecular Toxicology and Chitin Metabolism at Shanxi University in Taiyuan, China, June 26-28. He and Subaratnam Muthukrishnan, university distinguished professor of biochemistry, presented keynote speeches at the symposium.

Zhu was also an invited speaker at the third International Symposium on Insect Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Shanghai, China; the third International Insect Science Symposium/Advanced Summer Training Course at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; the College of Plant Protection, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shanxi, China; the Institute of Insect Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China; and at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China. Zhu presented various aspects of his research in insect molecular toxicology, including his work on chitinase and chitinase genes, novel functions of insect acetylcholinesterases, and nanoparticle-based RNA interference for selective insect control.