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.
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|