A Research Assistant and postgraduate student at the FABI Biocontrol Facility, Samantha Bush, attended the 20th International Insect Rearing Workshop at Mississippi State University, Starkville, USA, from 1-5 October. This workshop included topics such as artificial diets, environmental biology, pathology, genetics, insectary design and quality control. In addition, there were tours of insect rearing labs at the Mississippi State University.

The workshop provided a wonderful opportunity to make contacts with leading researchers in the topics presented, as well as with the other workshop attendees, each of whom has years of experience rearing insects. This year, at the workshop, Prof. Frank Davis announced his retirement as workshop coordinator. The workshop thus provided possibly the last opportunity to interact with a leading entomologist and genuinely warm person.

To get the full insect rearing workshop experience, during tea breaks, in addition to “normal” food, snacks using flour made from crickets or crushed crickets (legs, antennae, etc. could all be identified) were provided. Honey with the honeycomb from the University hives was also provided as a snack one day.

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Phasha MM, Wingfield BD, Coetzee MPA, Santana QC, Fourie G, Steenkamp ET. (2017) Architecture and distribution of introns in core genes of four Fusarium species. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics 7(11):3809-3820. 10.1534/g3.117.300344
Chen SF, Liu QL, Li GQ, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Quambalaria species associated with eucalypt diseases in southern China. Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 10.15302/J-FASE-2017173 PDF
Meyer J, Berger DK, Christensen SA, Murray SL. (2017) RNA-Seq analysis of resistant and susceptible sub-tropical maize lines reveals a role for kauralexins in resistance to grey leaf spot disease, caused by Cercospora zeina. BMC Plant Biology 17:197. 10.1186/s12870-017-1137-9
Nel WJ, Duong TA, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, De Beer ZW. (2017) A new genus and species for the globally important, multi-host root pathogen Thielaviopsis basicola. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.12803
Aylward J, Wingfield BD, Dreyer LL, Roets F, Wingfield MJ, Steenkamp ET. (2017) Contrasting carbon metabolism in saprotrophic and pathogenic Microascalean fungi from Protea trees. Fungal Ecology 30:88-100. 10.1016/j.funeco.2017.09.002