Entomology grad students win regional ESA competitions

1 Apr

Four Auburn entomology graduate students brought home top honors from the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America meetings in Baton Rouge March 3-6.

Zach DeVries claimed first place in the outstanding M.S. oral presentation competition for his paper on the effects of starvation on the metabolic rate of the common bed bug Cimex lectularius; William Reid placed first and Ting Li second in the Robert T. Gast Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Oral Presentation with their talks on the induction of vitellogenesis-related genes in Culex quinquefasciatus by non-steroidal ecdysone agonists and the function of G-protein-coupled receptor signaling-pathway-regulated genes in insecticide resistance of mosquitoes Culex quinquefasciatus, respectively; and Feng Liu won the Insect Photography Contest’s macrophotography award with a picture of male mosquito antennal sensilla.

DeVries is a student in the lab of Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology head and professor Art Appel; Reid, Li and Liu are working under the direction of entomology professor Nannan Liu.

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