Lignocellulose Degradation by Insects and Their Gut Symbionts with Potential Applications to the Biofuels Industry

Sunday, November 16, 2008: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room A6, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
Jian-Zhong Sun
Kelli Hoover
Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes
8:00 AM
Introductory Remarks
8:05 AM
Cellulolytic associations of Sirex noctilio within the context of a multipartite symbiosis
Aaron Adams, University of Wisconsin; Kenneth Raffa, University of Wisconsin
8:30 AM
Identification and characterization of cellulolytic enzymes from western corn rootworm larvae
Blair D. Siegfried, University of Nebraska; Arnubio Valencia, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Matthew Moore, Wichita State University; Analiza Alaves, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
8:55 AM
Lignocellulose degradation by the Asian longhorned beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis: Pathways and enzymes for wood degradation
Scott Geib, USDA - ARS; Ming Tien, Pennsylvania State University; Kelli Hoover, Pennsylvania State University
9:20 AM
New insights into lignocellulose degradation by termite gut microbes
Jared Leadbetter, California Institute of Technology
9:45 AM
10:15 AM
Functional genomics of lignocellulose digestion in the termite Reticulitermes flavipes
Michael E. Scharf, Purdue University; Xuguo Zhou, University of Kentucky; Marsha Wheeler, University of Florida
10:40 AM
Cloning lignocellulose genes from termite guts
Yongping Huang, Chinese Academy of Sciences
11:05 AM
Biological energy production from biomass by wood feeding termites
Jian-Zhong Sun, Mississippi State University; Yue-Qing Cao, Mississippi State University
11:55 AM
Concluding Remarks
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