Submission Guidelines


Format (Microsoft Office Word, See Example)

·         Language: English

·         Font: Times New Roman 12pt

·         Abstract title in bold

·         Author names and surnames should be written clearly, with capital letters and in italics. The name of the author who will make the presentation should be underlined. The institutions to which the authors are affiliated should be indicated with indices.

·         The e-mail address of the author who will make the presentation should be specified.

·         Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. (don't count the title, author names and institutions)

·         Abstracts should be justified.

·         Single line spacing should be used.

When naming the abstract file (Microsoft Word should be used)

1) “Verbal” and “Poster”

2) Line (–)

3) your last name

Example: When Özdemir, E. sends two abstracts, one verbal and the other poster.

Verbal-Ozdemir.doc and Poster-Ozdemir.doc

                        SAMPLE SUMMARY

Impact of a baculovirus metalloprotease on Mamestra configurata insect intestinal mucins

Umut Toprak1,2 ,  Doug Baldwin1,  Martin Erlandson1,2 Cedric Gillott,

Dwayne D. Hegedus1,3

1Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon Research Centre, 107 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 0X2
Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan 112 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 5E2
Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 5A8

Baculoviruses are insect specific pathogens that have the potential to control insect pests. For per os infection, baculovirus virions must cross the peritrophic matrix (PM) to reach the midgut epithelium, the initial site of virus replication. Insect intestinal mucins (IIM) comprise a key subset of PM structural proteins. The IIM are thought to be critical to the protective functions ascribed to the PM, as well as in aiding in the passage of the food bolus through the gut. Some baculoviruses, including Mamestra configurata nucleopolyhedrovirus (MacoNPV), encode metalloproteases, referred to as enhancins, which are thought to facilitate infection by degrading IIM within the PM. In this study we examined the interaction between MacoNPV enhancin and several IIM previously identified from the M. configurata PM by using McIIM specific antibodies and western blots. Per os infection of M. configurata larvae with MacoNPV occulusion bodies (OB) showed that McIIM4 was degraded within 4 hours of OB ingestion while another McIIM, McIIM2, was not affected. Time course experiments indicated that the PM recovered by 8 h post-infection when no McIIM4 degradation was detected. In a series of in vitro assays, OB of MacoNPV and recombinant Autographa californica MNPV expressing MacoNPV enhancin were incubated with dissected PM. Western blots showed that McIIM4 was degraded in the presence of either virus. Degradation of McIIM4 was inhibited by EDTA, an inhibitor of metalloproteases. Thus, MacoNPV enhancin appears capable of degrading a major structural PM protein, but exhibits specificity in the substrates that it targets.

Key words: Baculovirus metalloprotease, Mamestra configurata, intestinal mucin, perithrophic matrix


Posters should include a descriptive title, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion sections, and a bibliography should be cited. Posters should be prepared in the dimensions of 90cm (length) X 60cm (width). Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be informed.


Verbal Presentations

Participants who will make verbal presentations will be given a total of 15 minutes, including the question-answer part.

Full Paper Submission

Manuscripts should be typed using Times New Roman font 12 pt. with numbered lines, in the left-hand margin and double spacing throughout, i.e., also for abstracts, footnotes and references. The pages of the manuscript, including the title page, abstract, references, tables, etc. should be numbered consecutively. Make the width at 3 cm for all margins. All the figures and tables should be embedded in the text. Each figure and table should be referred to in the text. Avoid excessive use of italics to emphasize part of the text.

Manuscripts should include the following sections:
- Title (short, specific and informative),
- Keywords (indexing terms, up to 6 items),
- Abstract (maximum 300 word),
- Introduction,
- Material and Methods,
- Results and Discussion,
- Conclusions,
- Acknowledgements (if needed),
- Abbreviations and Symbols (if needed),
- References, Figures and Tables with captions not exceeding 30 pages (with references). All headings and titles should be written in bold.

Acknowledgements should be a brief statement at the end of the text and may include source of financial support. The contract number should be provided.

Cite references in the text as author‘s surname should be followed by the year of the publication in parentheses (Peter 2010; Basunia & Abe 2001). Use et al. after the first author’s family name for citations with three or more authors (Lawrence et al. 2001). For citations of the same authors published on the same year, use letters after the year (Dawson 2009a).

References cited in the text should be arranged chronologically. The references should be listed alphabetically based on author’s surnames, and chronological per author. Names of journals should be in full titles rather than the abbreviations. Avoid using citations of abstract proceedings. The following examples are for guidance.

Journal Articles
Doymaz I (2003). Drying kinetics of white mulberry. Journal of Food Engineering 61(3): 341-346
Basunia M A & Abe T (2001). Thin-layer solar drying characteristics of rough rice under natural convection. Journal of Food Engineering 47(4): 295-301
Lawrence K C, Funk D B & Windham W R (2001). Dielectric moisture sensor for cereal grains and soybeans. Transactions of the ASAE 44(6): 1691-1696
Akpinar E, Midilli A & Biçer Y (2003a). Single layer drying behavior of potato slices in a convective cyclone dryer and mathematical modeling. Energy Conversion and Management 44(10): 1689-1705

Mohsenin N N (1970). Physical Properties of Plant and Animal Materials. Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, New York

Book Chapter
Rizvi S S H (1986). Thermodynamic properties of foods in dehydration. In: M A Rao & S S H Rizvi (Eds.), Engineering Properties of Foods, Marcel Dekker, New York, pp. 190-193

Publications of Institutions / Standard Books
ASAE (2002). Standards S352.2, 2002, Moisture measurement - unground grain and seeds. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI

Internet Sources
FAO (2013). Classifications and standards. Retrieved in April, 12, 2011 from

Thesis and Dissertations
Berbert P A (1995). On-line density-independent moisture content measurement of hard winter wheat using the capacitance method. PhD Thesis, Crandfield University (Unpublished), UK

Conference Proceedings (Full papers)
Yağcıoğlu A, Değirmencioğlu A & Cağatay F (1999). Drying characteristics of laurel leaves under different drying conditions. In: Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on Agricultural Mechanization and Energy, 26-27 May, Adana, pp. 565-569

Tables and Figures:
Tables and Figures should be numbered consecutively and accompanied by a title above the table or figure. All tables and figures should not exceed 16x20 cm in size. Figures should have a high resolution, minimum 600 dpi in tiff/png format. Avoid using vertical lines in tables.

Do not use figures that duplicate matter in tables. Figures can be supplied in digital format, or photographs and drawings, which are suitable for reproduction. Label each figure number consecutively.

Units of measurement should all be in SI units. Use a period in decimal fractions (1.24 rather than 1,24). Units should have a single space between the number and the unit (4 kg/ha, 20 N m, 100 kPa, 22 °C). The only exceptions are for angular definitions, minutes, seconds, and percentage; do not include a space (10°, 45’, 60’’, 29%). The abbreviation of litre is “L”.

Formulas and Equations:
Number each formula with the reference number placed in parentheses at the end. Use Word mathematical processor for formulas with 12pt., variances in Italics, numbers and mathematical definitions in plain text. If needed, refer as “Equation 1” in the text (….the model, as given in Equation 1).

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