The 10th Pacific-Rim Termite Research Group Conference (TRG 10)

26-28 February 2014

Venue:  Mahkota Room III

Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


26 February 2014

0730 – 0830             Registration

0830 – 0900             Welcoming speech by Local Organizing Chairman, Mr Fong Kim Hon

Welcoming speech by President of PRTRG, Prof Lee Chow Yang

                                    Photography session.

0900 – 0930             Keynote paper – J. Kenneth Grace (University of Hawaii, USA): Invasive Termites Revisited: Coptotermes gestroi meets Coptotermes formosanus

                                    Kunio Tsunoda Memorial Lectures (30 min each)

                                    Session Chairperson:  Professor Brian T. Forschler (University of Georgia, USA)

0930 – 1000             Plenary paper 1 – Kenji Matsuura (Kyoto University, Japan): Evolution of asexual queen succession in Reticulitermes termites.

1000 – 1030             Plenary paper 2 – Kok-Boon Neoh (Kyoto University, Japan): Ecological adaptation success of the sympatric higher termites, Macrotermes gilvus and Macrotermes carbonarius.

1030 – 1100             Coffee break and poster session

1100 – 1130             Plenary paper 3 – Houfeng Li (National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan):  Current distribution, ecological niche, and economic impact of the Asian subterranean termite in its invaded country, Taiwan.

1130 – 1200             Plenary paper 4 – Foong-Kuan Foo (Alliance Pest Management, Singapore): Behavioral and Physiological Changes in Macrotermes gilvus (Hagen) (Blattodea: Termitidae) Induced by the Endoparasitoid Misotermes mindeni (Diptera: Phoridae).

1200 – 1230             Plenary paper 5 – Abd Hafiz Abd Majid (Universiti Sains Malaysia): Effect of Different Climate Environment on Foraging Behavior, Colony Genetic Organization, Movement and Breeding Pattern of Subterranean Termites (Reticulitermes flavipes).

1230 – 1400             Lunch break

1400 – 1540             Session 1: Biodiversity and Systematics I (20 min each)

                                    Session Chairperson:  Dr Kok-Boon Neoh (Kyoto University, Japan)

                                   Paper 1 — Trinh Van Hanh Nguyen Thuy Hien, Nguyen Hai Yen & Tran Thu Huyen: Applying molecular technology to identify termite species of the genus Coptotermes in the Hanoi Old Quarter.

                                   Paper 2 – Veera Singham s/o K. Genasan & Chow-Yang Lee:  The advantages of next generation sequencing against the enrichment technique in isolating biomarkers from the termite genome.

                                   Paper 3 — Nguyen Van Quang, Nguyen Hai Huyen, To Thi Mai Duyen, Nguyen Van Hoan & Trinh Van Hahn: Data on species composition and distribution of termites (Insecta: Isoptera) in different habitats of Xuan Mai area, Hanoi.

                                   Paper 4 — Thomas Bourguignon, Yves Roisin, Stephen L. Cameron, Jan Šobotn’k, Yoshinobu Hayashi, Shuji Shigenobu, Dai Watanabe,Nathan Lo, Toru Miura and Theodore A. EvansThe evolutionary history of termites as inferred from 60 mitochondrial genomes: dating the rise of tropical ecosystem engineers.

Paper 5 — Nguyen Quoc Huy Trinh Van Hanh, Nguyen Van Quan, Nguyen Thi My,Nguyen Thuy Hien, Tran Thu        Huyen, To Thi Mai Duyen & Nguyen Hai HuyenSpecies             composition and damaging levels of termites in three World          Cultural Heritage sites: Complex of Hue Monuments, Hoi An Ancient Town, and My Son Sanctuary.

1540 – 1600             Coffee break and poster session

1600 – 1720             Sponsor Innovation Session

                                   Session Chairperson:  Dr Partho Dhang

Paper 1 — Syngenta  – Charunee Vongkaluang: Altriset: Promising Findings from Thailand on the WorldÕs Latest Innovative Termiticide.  

Paper 2 — Bayer – Jason Nash: On going challenges for termite control in Asia.  

Paper 3 — Sumimoto Chemical – A field trial conducted in Thailand to evaluate the efficacy of a new non-repellent termiticide (clothianidin: neo-nicotinoid) in preventing structural damages caused by subterranean termites.   

Paper 4 — Bentz Jaz – Bentz Jaz: The Trusted Partner in Pest Management Industry.

1720 – 1900             Annual General Meeting (only members who had received confirmation of membership acceptance are eligible to attend).

27 February 2014

0830 – 1010             Session 2:  Wood Preservatives and Natural Products I (20 min each)

                                   Session Chairperson:  Prof Andrew Wong (Universiti Malaysia Sarawak)

Paper 1 — Indah Sulistyawati & Lusita Wardani:  The Subterranean and DryWood Termite Attack on Used Ironwood (Eusideroxylon zwagery T. et B.) Flooring from a House.

Paper 2 — Nadia Nuraniya Kamaluddin & Akiko Nakagawa-izumi:  Characterization of Termite Feeding Deterrents from Fibroporia radiculosa (Peck) Parmasto

Paper 3 – James Hague Ferry Bongers, Yuji Imamura, John Alexander& Matt Roberts : The performance of Accoya¨ and Tricoya¨ against attack by subterranean termites.

Paper 4 – Ronniel D. Manalo and Carlos Garcia: Resistance of Abaca Fiber-Reinforced Polypropylene Composites Against Drywood Termites.

Paper 5 – Yusuf Sudo Hadi: Feeding rate as a consideration factor for successful termite wood preference tests.

1010 – 1030             Coffee break and poster session.

1030 – 1230             Session 3:  Wood Preservatives and Natural Products II (20 min each)

                                   Session Chairperson:  Jim Creffield (Onwood Entomology Australia).

Paper 1 – Niken Subekti: The Resistance of Two Woods Species Soaked in Cigarette Waste Water Againsts Subterranean Termite Attack.

Paper 2 – Andrew Wong & J. Kenneth Grace: Termite resistance of selected lesser-­known Malaysian hardwoods to Coptotermes curvignathus and C. formosanus

Paper 3 — Carlos Garcia & Marciana R. San Pablo:  Resistance of Auri (Acacia auriculiformis A. Cunn. Ex. Benth.) and Forest Red Gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis J.E. Smith).

Paper 4 — Didi Tamadi S. Khoirul Himmi & Sulaeman Yusuf : Termiticidal activityies of anthe extract of Brugmansia candida leavesf against a subterranean termite Copotermes gestroi Wasmann and a drywood termite Cryptotermes cynocephalus Light.

Paper 5 — Maya Ismayati, Akiko Nakagawa-izumi, Hiroshi Ohi & Didi Tarmadi :  Efficacy of tannin extracts isolated from acacia bark waste against the subterranean termite Coptotermes gestroi Wasmann.

Paper 6 – Tae-Young Lee & Brian T. Forschler:  Ranking Wood Preference of the subterranean termite Reticulitermes virginicus (Banks) using Two-, Four-, and No-Choice Experimental Designs.  

1230 – 1400             Lunch break

1400 – 1540             Session 4: Termite Management I (20 min each)

Session Chairperson:  Dr Hou-Feng Li (National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan)

Paper 1 — Partho Dhang:  An Attempt to Termite- Proof Structures using Physical Barrier in the Philippines.

Paper 2 — Ching-Chen Lee and Chow-Yang Lee:  Effect of chlorfluazuron bait against Macrotermes gilvus: Evidence for the presence of the toxicant compound in workers and larvae.

Paper 3 – Farkhandar Manzoor & Mahnoor Pervez: Efficacy of Biflex and Fipronil in controlling subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in different  soils types in Pakistan.

Paper 4 — Baek-Yong Choi  & Tsuyoshi Yoshimura: Effects of solid carbon dioxide on thermal conductivity of four common construction timber species in Japan with a special reference to drywood termite control.

Paper 5 — Yuliati Indrayani,  Hikmayanti, Andika & Yoko Takematsu: Survey on the Infestation of School Buildings by Termites in Pontianak.

1540 – 1600                         Coffee break and poster session.

1600 – 1640             Session 5: Termite Management II (20 min each)

                                    Session Chairperson:  Dr Partho Dhang

Paper 1 — Trinh Van Hanh, Nguyen Quoc Huy & Le Quang Thinh: The results of treating termites (Isoptera) in The Nam Hai Resort, Quang Nam province, Vietnam.

Paper 2 – Shing-Kwong Cheng & Siu Kin Cheung:  Analysis of building materials damageable by termites in Hong Kong.

1640 – 1740             Session 6: Biodiversity and Systematics II (20 min each)

                                   Session Chairperson:  Prof Sulaeman Yusuf (Indonesia Institute of Science)

Paper 1 — Zhiqiang Li, Bingrong Liu, Wenhui Zeng, Weiliang Xiao, Junhong Zhong: Termite assemblages in the four forest types in southern China.

Paper 2 — Theodore A. Evans, Justine Jacquemin, Lee Gang and Thomas Bourguignon: Variation of social insect assemblages in Singapore primary and secondary forests.

Paper 3 — Wenhui Zeng, Zhiqiang Li, Bingrong Liu, Qiujian Li, Lei Zhang and Junhong Zhong: Effect of antibiotics treatment of Coptotermes formosanus on cellulase secretion.

1830                           Departing for dinner

1900 – 2200              Gala Dinner at KL Tower

                                    – Presentation of Memento to Organizing Chairman

– Presentation of Certificates to PRTRG Travelship Recipients

– Announcement of the venue of TRG 11 (China).

28 February 2014

0800 – 1200             Excursion to Forest Research Institute Malaysia (only limited to the first 60 delegates who register for the excursion)


Poster 1 — Hirata Kazhiro & Tsuyoshi Yoshimura:  Measuring stress of termites using LC/MS analysis.

Poster 2 — Hajime Yaguchi, Shuji Shigenobu, Kiyoto Maekawa:  Transcriptome analysis of soldier differentiation in the incipient colony of the damp-wood termite Zootermopsis nevadensis.Poster

 Poster 3 — Yudai Masuoka & Kiyoto Maekawa: Expression and function analyses of the hormone signaling genes during soldier differentiation of the termite Zootermopsis nevadensis.

Poster 4 — Ikhsan Guswenrivo & Kok-Boon Neoh: Termite (Coptotermes gestroi) Tunneling Analysis in Peat Soil – Moisture Gradients.

Poster 5 — Eko Kuswanto, Intan Ahmad, Ramadhani Putra & Idham Harahap:  Stratified Random Sampling: A Sampling Technique for Mapping Termite Hazard in Urban Environment of Bandung City.