IFNS 3-Minute Thesis Advances to Final Round!

IFNS 3-Minute Thesis Winners!

Nine of the 22 contestants in the IFNS 3-Minute Thesis contest advanced to a final round of judging.  Three entries each from 3 “regions” (Americas, Europe, All Others) were selected by separate judging panels of IFNS councilors. Students from Brazil, Chile, USA, Belgium, England, Ireland, Portugal, Kenya, Australia, India and South Africa took part. The finalists (below) were judged by a panel of 6 nematologists and 3 ‘non-experts’ from other areas of plant science. The three winners will be awarded ICN 2022 bursaries.

Congratulations to:

Alison Coomer, First Place

Rhys Copeland, Second Place

Laura Sheehy, Third Place

A big Thank You to all the judges!

Congratulations to all the students who put together some amazing talks!

(See the 9 finalist talks now by clicking on their names)

Alison Coomer Department of Entomology and Nematology, Davis, USA Trade-offs between virulence and breaking resistance in root-knot nematodes
Laura Sheehy Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England Improving the Biological Control of Slugs: Understanding the Genome of Parasitic Nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita


Rhys Copeland SABC, Loneragan Building, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Australia Determining the spatial distribution of Pratylenchus quasitereoides/Pratylenchus curvicauda in the WA wheatbelt, and understanding how they find host roots
Valdeir Moreira LIMPP laboratory at Embrapa/Cenargen – Parque Estação Biológica, Brasília, Brazil Host-induced gene silencing for the management of Meloidogyne incognita
Maria Cassells Behavioural Ecology and Biocontrol, Biology Department, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland Mechanisms of defence in entomopathogenic nematodes: Lethal fighting
James Kisaakye Nematology lab, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya Antagonistic microbes for management of banana nematodes
Bhupendra Bhatta Plant Pathology and Nematology, University of Idaho, Moscow, USA Globodera pallida control using Brassica juncea seed meal extract and the trap crop Solanum sisymbriifolium.
Satish Namdeo Chavan Epigenetics and defence Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Gent, Belgium Molecular and biochemical evaluation of dehydroascorbate induced resistance in rice against root-knot nematode Meloidogyne graminicola
Agil Katumanyane Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa Entomopathogenic nematodes associated with white grubs from forest and sugarcane plantations and mechanisms of resistance of white grubs to nematode infection