Conference program

Saturday, April 22
9.00 Woyciechowski Michal; Welcome
9.30; Plenary talk Marko Balint; Social cohesion at challenge: individual and social adaptations to parasitic fungi in ants
10.30 Coffee
11.00; Leader of the session: Tartally Andras §  Csata Eniko; The interference of an ectoparasitic fungus with kin-non-kin discrimination abilities in ants

§  Juhasz Orsolya; Health insurance in ants: hygienic behaviours under different infection threats

§  Siedlecki Igor; Fungal diversity of the red wood ants (Formica polyctena, F. rufa, F. pratensis)

§  Elo Riikka; Nest mound alive – creepy moss mite crawlers on red wood ant nest mounds

§  Perez-Lachaud Gabriela; Macrodinychus mites attacking ants of the Ectatomma ruidum species complex in Colombia: halfway between parasite and parasitoid life-styles

§  Lachaud Jean-Paul; Parasitic organisms associated with the ponerine ant Neoponera villosa nesting in tank bromeliads in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

12.30 Lunch
14.00; Plenary talk Heinze Jurgen; The queens, the workers, and the grim reaper: Aging and reproduction in social insects
15.00; Leader of the session: Bernadou Abel §  Cerda Xim; Out of Africa: Dispersal and vicariance drove the speciation of desert ants across the Gibraltar Straits

§  Glaser Florian; 20 years of field research on ants between the Tyrolean mountains and Lake Constance

§  Hefetz Abraham; Social polymorphism or cryptic speciation in the desert ant Cataglyphis

§  Kiran Kadri; Additions to the ant fauna of Turkey (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

§  Wagner Herbert; Evolution of morphological crypsis in the Tetramorium caespitum/impurum complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

§  Yahya Bakhtiar; Taxonomy and bionomics of Myrmicaria Saunders (1842) ants of the Oriental and Indo-Australian regions

16.30 Coffee
17.00; Leader of the session: Hefetz Abraham §  Godzinska Ewa; Behavioural and neurochemical correlates of behavioural reversion in workers of the red wood ant Formica polyctena

§  Liutkeviciute Zita; Oxytocin/vasopressin signalling in ants

§  Gil-Mansilla Esther; Localization of neuropeptides in ant brains combining MALDI imaging and µCT

§  Maak Istvan; Behaviour modifying effects of the corpses of major rivals in Formica cinerea

§  Somogyi Anna; Sightseeing in ants: how colony size and density affects the explorative behaviour of workers

§  Witek Magdalena; The effect of habitat quality on ant colony personality

18.30 Poster session
Sunday, April 23
9.30; Plenary talk Hollis Karen; Ants vs. Antlions: A Predator-Prey Insect Model for Exploring Coevolutionary Relationships
10.30 Coffee
11.00; Leader of the session: Lachaud Jean-Paul §  Nowbahari Elise; Rescue of newborns in Cataglyphis cursor ants

§  Hornostaj Stefan; Behavioural asymmetry of right/left head use during rescue behaviour shown by the members of the mixed colony of the slave-making ant Formica sanguinea and its host Formica cunicularia

§  Mazurkiewicz Pawel; Trapped, but not helpless? How workers of Formica cinerea and Formica fusca rescue their trapped nestmates

§  Krapf Patrick; Peace not war: An Alpine ant species’ pronounced peaceful behaviour towards non-nestmates

§  Miko Agnes; Ants inhabiting oak cynipid galls in Hungary

§  Czarnoleski Marcin; Reduced damage and epiphyll cover of leaves: the effects of symbiosis of Korthalsia rattans with Camponotus ants in the rain forest of Malaysian Borneo

12.30 Lunch
14.00; Plenary talk Helantera Heikki; The evolutionary dilemma of ant supercolonies
15.00; Leader of the session: Godzinska Ewa §  Berberich Gabriele; A multidisciplinary approach to understanding interactions between red wood ants (Formica rufa – group) and geotectonic processes

§  Klimetzek Dietrich; Red wood ants (RWA, Formica rufa – group) and tectonics in the East Carpathians (Romania)

§  Sorvari Jouni; Red wood ant mounds as ecosystems: model ecosystem for environmental studies

§  Perez-Sanchez Antonio; Ant assemblage responses to long-term mowing management on permanent grasslands of central Germany

§  Trigos Peral Gema; Influence of management on the myrmecofauna of urban green areas of Warsaw

§  Slipinski Piotr; Temperature as a risk factor for ants from a temperate climate

16.30 Coffee
17.00; Leader of the session: Cerda Xim §  Giehr Julia; Direct fitness for workers in a Temnothorax ant

§  Bernadou Abel; Early experience and division of labor in a clonal ant

§  Reznikova Zhanna; Ants as reliable agents of information transmission

§  Skaldina Oksana; Methods and approaches to study ants’ colouration: why it is necessary and how it is possible?

18.00 Goodbye and conference dinner