International Congress on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control and the 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology Vancouver, Canada August 9-13, 2015
International Congress on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Controland the 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology   Vancouver, Canada   August 9-13, 2015

Sponsored by the OECD Co-­operative

Research Programme



Special Symposium

Microsporidia in the Animal to Human Food Chain: An International Symposium to Address Chronic Epizootic Disease

A symposium sponsored by the OECD’s Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems and the Society for Invertebrate Pathology will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2015, 9 am to 6 pm on the campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The global food chain is under stress from a variety of factors related to agricultural practices and climatic changes while human population pressure continues to increase. Intensification of food production leads to numerous environmental issues and problems including the increase of disease prevalence in food plants and animals, the introduction of exotic pathogen species, and the potential for the expansion of zoonoses among host species including spread to humans. This symposium will specifically consider the interaction of the Microsporidia with food and feed-related host systems. It will address the significant potential for epizootics in managed systems, and zoonoses with potential of transmission to humans and other animals within global food chains.  Speakers will address microsporidian pathogens in diverse research areas and systems including biology, marine and terrestrial ecology (host-pathogen interactions), mass production and culture of food animals (mammals, edible insects and aquatic organisms), human and veterinary medicine, biological control agents, and managed and native pollinators to identify unifying characteristics of the interactions of these pathogens with their hosts in causing disease in high density stressed systems.


James Becnel, James.Becnel@ARS.USDA.GOV

Leellen Solter,

Grant Stentiford,

Louis Weiss,

OECD Program (pdf)

Register for the OECD Symposium on the SIP 2015 Registration Form. 

The Symposium will take place in The Nest.

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