Inscription on a house in the Justis valley, near Beatenberg - Photo: Patricia Cardet



Programme of the 5th IOTM

- will be regularly updated — subject to modification -

The abstracts can be seen in the Book of Abstracts




Monday, April 11th
 09:00 - 10:00 ♦ Opening — Registration
 10:00 - 11:15 ♦ Welcome
  • Tomáš PAVLÍČEK - Convenor of the 5th IOTM
  • Jean-Michel GOBAT - Université de Neuchâtel
  • Christian GROSSNIKLAUS - President of the commune Beatenberg
     11:15 - 11:45 Apéro with local specialities
     11:45 - 12:15 Elena HAVLICEK Do really politicians need earthworms?
     12:30 - 14:00 ♦ Lunch
     14:00 - 14:30 Robert J. BLAKEMORE Annelid earthworms — Lords of the Ring
     14:30 - 15:00 Tarmo TIMM Life forms in Oligochaeta
     15:00 - 15:30 Jadwiga Danuta PLISKO Notes on systematic status of the family Microchaetidae
     15:30 - 16:00 Sam JAMES Cryptic diversity and the taxonomy of Savigny's earthworms
     16:00 - 16:30 ♦ Tea break
     16:30 - 17:00 Qi ZHAO Can Hainan earthworms provide the evidence of continental drift? Phylogenetic study on earthworms in Hainan Island based on the morphological characters
     17:00 - 17:30 Huei-Ping SHEN Parthenogenesis, polyploidy and reproductive seasonality in the Taiwanese mountain earthworm Amynthas catenus Tsai et al., 2001 (Oligochaeta, Megascolecidae)
     19:00 ♦ Dinner at the Restaurant Riedboden, Beatenberg
      Karin LINNEKOGEL, Beatenberg Tourism,
      Short introduction about Beatenberg
    Tuesday, April 12th
     09:00 - 09:30 Csaba CSUZDI Eisenia lucens (Waga, 1857) and Eisenia spelaea (Rosa, 1901): are they really different species?
     09:30 - 10:00 Charlène BRIARD Is the Nicodrilus genus (Bouché, 1972) really one genus? Phylogenetic study based on morphological and molecular characters of some Aporrectodea and Allolobophora species (Oligochaeta, Lumbricidae)
     10:00 - 10:30 Sam JAMES A molecular analysis of diversity within the Pheretima darnleiensis species group
     10:30 - 11:00 ♦ Coffee break
     11:00 - 11:30 Chih-Han CHANG Earthworm taxonomy needs DNA barcoding, or vice versa?
     11:30 - 12:00 Yarin HADID Time estimation of branching events on phylogenetic trees in earthworms
     12:00 - 12:30 Emma SHERLOCK Taxonomic reorganisation, cataloguing and historical study of the Oligochaeta collections at the Natural History Museum London
     12:30 - 14:00 ♦ Lunch
     14:00 - 14:30 Shibani CHAUDHURY Defence against fly ash induced antioxidant stresses in earthworm Lampito mauritii
     14:30 - 15:00 Yadav SHWETA Microbiomic comparison of the intestine among the epigeic and anecic earthworm species
     15:00 - 15:30 Satyendra M. SINGH Species richness of earthworms in grasslands of western Uttar Pradesh, India
     15:30 - 16:00 Somsak PANHA Aspects of the biology of the semi-aquatic earthworms in the genus Glyphidrilus Horst, 1889
     16:00 - 16:30 ♦ Tea break
     16:30 - 17:00 Bertrand FOURNIER Community ecology of earthworms in a restored floodplain and potential as bioindicators of river restoration
     17:00 - 17:30 Gérard CUENDET Colonization of Alpine soils by the earthworm Nicodrilus nocturnus: a problem for the agriculture
     18:30 ♦ Dinner
     20:00 Fragrance workshop by Markus Metzger, Beatenberg ( see details)
    Wednesday, April 13th
      ♦ Excursion 08:30 Departure from the hotel
     18:30 ♦ Dinner
    Thursday, April 14th
     09:00 -09:30 Michèle GLASSTETTER Lumbricids of Swiss urban habitats
     09:30 - 10:00 Victor V. POP An annotated check list of the Romanian earthworm fauna (Oligochaeta, Lumbricidae)
     10:00 - 10:30 Robert J. BLAKEMORE On opening a Box of Worms...
     10:30 - 11:00 ♦ Coffee break
     11:00 - 11:30 Marie BARTZ New Glossoscolex and Fimoscolex from S and SE Brazil
     11:30 - 12:00 George BROWN Earthworm biodiversity in Brazil: Current status and future perspectives
     12:00 - 12:30 Tomáš PAVLÍČEK Biodiversity of earthworms in French Guiana
     12:30 - 14:00 ♦ Lunch
     14:00 - 14:30 George BROWN Impacts of the Latin American Meetings on Oligochaete Ecology and Taxonomy (ELAETAO) on earthworm and enchytraeid research in Latin America
     14:30 - 16:00 General discussion
     16:00 - 16:30 ♦ Tea break
     16:30 - 18:00 Poster presentations
     19:00 ♦ Dinner / Party
    Friday, April 15th
      ♦ Field trip (according to weather conditions)



    Posters presented during the 5th IOTM

    - will be regularly updated — subject to modification -


    Joël AMOSSÉ Impact of earthworms (Dichogaster bolaui) and the input of compost or vermicompost on nutrients leaching and microbes transfer.
    Gergely BOROS First record of reproduction by fragmentation in the genus Marionina (Oligochaeta: Enchytraeidae)
    Charlène BRIARD Morphology contribution to species distinction and phylogenetic interspecific relationship focusing on Lumbricidae family
    George BROWN Earthworm diversity in Araucaria angustifolia forests in S and SE Brazil
    Ratmanee CHANABUN The first record of the semi-aquatic earthworm Glyphidrilus Horst, 1889 from the Mekong River
    Gérard CUENDET Colonization of Alpine soils by the earthworm Nicodrilus nocturnus: a problem for the agriculture
    Razieh GHAYOUMI Species richness and zoogeographic affinities of earthworms in Iran
    Razieh GHAYOUMI First recorded earthworms from the Mouteh Wildlife Refuge, Iran
    Ulfert GRAEFE First record of the aquatic earthworm Sparganophilus tamesis Benham, 1892 (Clitellata, Sparganophilidae) in Germany
    Nathalie MOREIRA Earthworm communities as an indicator of river restoration success, the case of Emme river (canton Bern, Switzerland)
    Coralie SAHIN Earthworm communities, an indicator of alluvial dynamics in a near floodplain, the Rhine river (canton Graubünden, Switzerland)
    Maxim P. SHASHKOV Database on earthworms distribution range
    Evangelia VAVOULIDOU The effects of farming practices on earthworm dynamics in olive groves of central Greece



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