Visit by Dr. Rosa Lozano-Duran, Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. On invitation from Professor LIU Shu-Sheng, Dr. Rosa Lozano-Duran visited our lab on the 1st July 2015. During her visit, Dr. Lozano-Dura offered a seminar entitled “Multi-layer interactions between geminiviruses and jasmonate signalling” and had extensive discussions on various research topics, especially whitefly-begomovirus interactions, with researchers and students.
Visit by Professor Myron Zalucki, The University of Queensland, Australia. On invitation from Professor LIU Shu-Sheng, Professor Zalucki visited our lab from 22nd to 26th January 2015. During his visit, Professor Zalucki had extensive interactions with researchers and students, particularly in areas related to insect-plant interactions and behavioural ecology. He offered a seminar entitled “Thirty odd years of research on Helicoverpa biology & ecology: lessens from down-under”. In addition, he had his first lecture of Chinese-way calligraphy!
Visit by Dr. Murad Ghanim, Agricultural Research Organization, Israel. On invitation from Professor LIU Shu-Sheng, Dr. Ghanim visited our lab from 20th October to 1st November 2014. During his visit, Dr. Ghanim joined the analysis on the mechanisms underlying transmission of begomoviruses by whiteflies. He had extensive interactions with researchers and students particularly in areas of virus transmission by whiteflies and whitefly symbionts. He offered a seminar on studies of whiteflies and begomoviruses.
Visit by Dr. Paul De Barro, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Australia. On invitation from Professor LIU Shu-Sheng, Dr. De Barro visited our lab from 13th to 27th October 2014. During his visit, Dr. De Barro joined the analysis on molecular phylogeny of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci species complex and had extensive interactions with researchers and students. He offered a seminar entitled “How to find and utilize a potent natural enemy to achieve sustainable management of an invasive pest”.
Visit by Professor James Ridsdill-Smith, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Australia. On invitation from Professor LIU Shu-Sheng, Professor James Ridsdill-Smith visited our lab from 22-26 October 2014. He visited the labs in the Institute and had interactions with colleagues working in various fields of insect sciences. He offered a seminar entitled “Biological control of flies in dung”.
Visit by Dr. Lingling Gao, CSIRO Plant Industry Division, Australia. On invitation from Professor LIU Shu-Sheng and Professor WANG Xiao-Wei, Dr. Gao visited our lab from 13 to 16 June 2014. During her visit, Dr. Gao offered a seminar entitled “Using Genomics to Understand Plant Resistance to Insect” and had extensive discussions on various research projects, especially insect-plant interactions, with researchers and students.
Visit by Professor Kyeong-Yeoll Lee, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kyungpook National University, and Professor Sukchan Lee, Department of Genetic Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea. On invitation from Professor LIU Shu-Sheng, Professor Kyeong-Yeoll Lee and Professor Sukchan Lee visited our lab from 14 to 16 March 2014. During their visit, in addition to offering a seminar entitled “Occurrence of Bemisia tabaci and TYLCV in Korea, and the role of vector in virus transmission”, both professors had extensive interactions and discussions on various research projects with researchers and students.
Visit by Professor John Colvin, Natural Resource Institute, The University of Greenwich, United Kingdom. On invitation from Professor LIU Shu-Sheng, Professor John Colvin visited our lab from 17 to 24 November 2013. During his visit, in addition to offering a seminar entitled “Insects, plants and viruses: dynamic interactions in a changing world”, John had extensive interactions and discussions on various research projects with researchers and students.
Visit by Professor Henryk Czosnek, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Dr. Murad Ghanim, Agricultural Research Organization, Israel; and Dr Jesús Navas-Castillo, Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea, Spain. From 3-9 November 2013, the 7th International Geminivirus Symposium was held at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. Over 180 participants from 21 countries attended the fascinating and fruitful conference. Apart from a general visit to our lab by the participants, Professor Henryk Czosnek, Dr. Murad Ghanim, and Dr Jesús Navas-Castillo visited our lab and had discussions with us on specific topics and collaboration. Dr Jesús Navas-Castillo also offered seminar at the institute which was well-attended.
Visit by Dr. Georg Jander, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Cornell University, USA. On invitation from Professor LIU Shu-Sheng, Dr. Georg Jander, Associate Professor of Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, visited our lab from 22-26 September 2013. During his visit, Dr. Jander offered a seminar on aphid-virus-plant interactions and had extensive interactions with researchers and students. In addition to visiting at the Institute of Insect Sciences, Dr. Jander visited Professor Wang Qiao-Mei’s lab in the Department of Horticulture and interacted with students there.
Visit by Dr. Saskia A. Hogenhout, John Innes Centre, United Kingdom. On invitation from Professor LIU Shu-Sheng, Dr. Saskia Hogenhout visited our lab from 31 August to 4 September 2013. During her visit, in addition to offering a seminar on the dynamics of interactions between aphid vectors, plant viruses and plants, Dr. Hogenhout had extensive interactions and some serious discussions on various research projects with researchers and students.
Visit by Dr. John Carr, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. On invitation from Professor LIU Shu-Sheng, Dr. John Carr visited our lab on 23 August 2013. During his visit, Dr. Carr offered a seminar on “The Rumsfield paradox” in aphis-virus-plant interactions and interacted with researchers and students. His visit was accompanied by Dr. DU Zhi-You from Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, and Dr. Zhang Heng-Fu from Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, two Chinese colleagues who did visiting studies in his lab in recent years.
Visit by Professor Angela Douglas and Dr. Xiangfeng Jing, Department of Entomology, Cornell University, USA. On invitation from Professor LIU Shu-Sheng, Professor Douglas and her colleague Dr. Jing visited our lab from 5-10 May 2013. During their visit, Professor Douglas offered a seminar entitled “Sweet Problems and Symbiotic Solutions: how Insects Cope with the Extreme Diet of Plant Phloem Sap” at the College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, which was attended by over 300 faculty members and students. Professor Douglas and Dr. Jing also offered seminars at the Institute of Insect Sciences on topics of insect symbionts. In addition to the seminars, they had extensive interactions with the students and discussed with many of the students in detail on their research projects.
Lab gathering to say farewell as well as welcome. On 14th June, 2015, we had a gathering and outing on a park called “Ba Gua Field” near the West Lake, to have a bit of fun at the end of a semester, to congratulate WEI Jing and XU Hong-Xing who just completed their PhD study, to say farewell to WEI Jing who was leaving soon to take up a post-doc position in the lab of Dr. Georg Jander at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Cornell University, and to say welcome to Dr. Muhammad Aleem Ashraf who just arrived from Pakistan and joined this lab as a post-doc and Dr. XU Hong-Xing who continued to work in this lab as a post-doc. We divided into four teams and played fun games on each other. On top of that, we climbed up to the top of the Phoenix Hill, to get the best bird-view of both the West Lake and Qiantang River.
Outing to congratulate five Master graduates. On 24th March 2015, we had an outing at The Prince Bay Park on the south side of the West Lake, to enjoy the spring and to give our congratulations to XIAO Na, HUANG Huang, YAN Ting-Ting, YIN Feng- Ze and LU Yu-Han, who were graduating with a MSc degree from Zhejiang University. Following lots of fun in the park, we climbed up to the top of the Jiuyao Hill behind the park to get the best bird-view of the West Lake.
2015 New Year party on 10th January, 2015. As a tradition, The Institute of Insect Sciences had a New Year Party at the beginning of the new year, which was joined by over 200 Master and PhD students, post-docs, teachers and support staff. Each of the labs offered their performance. All of us had a lot of fun on that evening.
Fun walk along the Grand Cannel. On the afternoon of 21 December, 2014, we had a fun walk along the bank of the Grand Cannel in Hangzhou. We walked about eight km. More interestingly, we had a lot of games as we made stops at various historical sites on the way. On the evening, we took a boat to return and enjoyed the beautiful evening view along the banks of the Cannel.
Lab New Year Gathering. On January 21, 2014, all lab members had a gathering and went for an outing to a nearby, well-known old town – Wuzhen, to celebrate the coming of our winter holiday and the Chinese New Year. One particular element of this gathering was that we all congratulated WANG Xiao-Wei for his recent promotion to full professor at the university. In return, Xiao-Wei bought each of us a local souvenir at Wuzhen, such as a beautiful insect made of bamboo or a charming bird made of cloth!
Congratulations to three Master graduates. In Marrch 2013, three MSc students GAO Xian-Long, QIN Li, WANG Yong Liang completed their degree in this lab. Lab members had a series of social activities to say farewell to them. We were pleased to learn that all the three graduates found jobs upon their graduation.
Participation of The XXIV International Congress, 19-24 August, 2012 at Daegu, Korea. Seven of us from this lab participated in this congress. Everybody enjoyed the congress and felt they learnt a lot, saw many old friends and made many new friends during the congress. After the congress, they had a stop at Seoul on the way of return to Hangzhou.