The Helms lab had an exciting month of October filled with international conferences, seminar visits, cucurbit carving, and paper writing.

Anjel was invited to speak at the Asia-Pacific Association of Chemical Ecologists (APACE) biennial meeting in Hangzhou, China. She presented her talk “Chemical cues linked to risk: Plants and insect herbivores respond to chemical cues from entomopathogenic nematodes” in a symposium on ” Signaling and perception in plant-herbivore interactions” organized by Matthias Erb from the University of Bern in Switzerland and Yonggen Lou from Zhejiang University in China.

The Helms lab also had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Eric Yip from Penn State for a seminar visit. Eric presented his talk on “Exploring the ecology of a plant that eavesdrops on its specialist herbivore” as part of the TAMU Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program seminar series.


After Eric’s visit, we hosted Anjel’s Ph.D. advisor, Dr. John Tooker from Penn State. John gave a guest lecture on gall insects for our graduate-level chemical ecology course and presented a seminar on “Toxic slugs chart a path back to IPM” as part of the TAMU Entomology Department seminar series. To thank John and give him a proper Texas welcome, we hosted a reception complete with smoked pork and brisket and put him to work hanging up lights around the yard.


We finished out the month and celebrated the submission of our review paper by carving cucurbits on Halloween.