Scientific Programme


  • George Brown – Embrapa Florestas (BR)
  • Edwin Cooper – University of California (USA)
  • Jorge Domínguez – Universidad de Vigo (SP)
  • Clive Edwards – The Ohio State University (USA)
  • Alex Feijoo – Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira (CO)
  • R.Jeyaraaj – Kongunadu Arts and Science College (IN)
  • Patrick Lavelle – UMR BIOSOL IRD (FR) & CIAT (CO)
  • John Morgan – Cardiff University (UK)
  • Anna Rozen – Jagiellonian University (PL)
  • Stefan Schrader – Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute (GER)
  • Jérôme Tondoh – CIAT-TSBF (IC)
  • Sophie Viljoen – Stellenbosch University (SA)
  • Sun Zhenjun – College of Resources and Environmental Sciences (CH)


  • Enrique Alarcón – Instituto de Investigaciones Forestales – Universidad Veracruzana
  • Eduardo Aranda – Terranova Lombricultores
  • Isabelle Barois – Instituto de Ecología, A.C.
  • Francisco Bautista – Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía Ambiental-UNAM
  • Silvia Maribel Contreras – Centro de Investigación y Asistencia en Tecnología y
  • Diseño del Estado de Jalisco, A.C.
  • Carlos Fragoso – Instituto de Ecología, A.C.
  • Esperanza Huerta – El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Villa Hermosa
  • Ángel Ortiz – Instituto de Biotecnología y Ecología aplicada – Universidad Veracruzana
  • Dora Trejo – Facultad de Ciencias agrícolas – Universidad Veracruzana


  • Isabelle Barois – Instituto de Ecología, A.C.
  • Ana Calero – Instituto de Ecología, A.C.
  • Guadalupe López Alarcón – Instituto de Ecología, A.C.
  • Juan Arturo Piña – Instituto de Ecología, A.C.


The organizing Committee is pleased to welcome you on the 9th International Symposium on Earthworm Ecology. So, welcome to Xalapa, the eternal green city. Joining us, you will meet other scientists for reciprocal inspiration and the sharing of mutual knowledge and … fun !


The participants and persons need to register after arrival. Only participants wearing their Symposium badges will be allowed to enter in the conference room and to participate in the full scientific programme.

The registration desk will be opened on Sunday 5th at the “Museo de Antropología de Xalapa” from 15:00 to 20:00 and for on-site registration and enquires every day from 09:00 to 17:00 in the symposium office at the host hotel “Hotel Xalapa”.

Certificates of attendance

Certificates of attendance will be available in the Symposium office at host hotel

Poster presentation

All posters will be exposed during the whole Symposium. Posters should be set up on Sunday or Monday morning and must be down by Saturday morning.

Posters can be mounted to the boards with double-sided tape, which will be available at the “posters room”

Computer room

A computer room is at your disposal in the Symposium office. All details regarding internet connection will be given to you in this office.

Hotels in Xalapa and Hotels in Coatepec

Some good hotels where you can stay:


SUNDAY – September 5th

Venue:Museo de Antropología de Xalapa


15:00 – 20:00 Registration

16:00 – 18:15 Guided tour to the Museum of Anthropology of Xalapa

18:30 – 19:30 Opening Ceremony

Welcome address

19:30 – 20:10 Introductory and Magistral lecturePatrick Lavelle

Earthworms, Gaia’s best friends

20:10 – 22:00 Welcome and inauguration cocktail with “jarocha” music

MONDAY – September 6th

Venue:Hotel Xalapa

08:50 – 09:00 Welcome and Introduction

Session 1:Earthworm Biodiversity & DNA Bar-coding


Session Chairs: Samuel James and Carlos Fragoso


09:00 – 09:20 Plenary Samuel James

Molecular data on the point of revolutionizing earthworm systematics


09:20 – 09:35 Juhani Terhivuo, Anne-Mari Halmepuro, Anssi Saura

Shifting clone diversity and morphometry across northern Europe in the parthenogenetic earthworm Eiseniella tetraedra (Sav.) including samples from sites exposed to radioactive pollution

09:35 – 09:50 Pierfrancesco Sechi

Phylogeographic and adaptive study in the earthworm Lumbricus rubellus sampled from locations corresponding to southern European glacial refugia and extending into northern Europe

09:50 – 10:05 Rosa Fernández, Marta Novo, Mónica Gutiérrez, Ana Almodóvar and Darío J. Díaz Cosín

The neverending story of the Aporrectodea caliginosa species complex: new insights into its phylogeny

10:05 – 10:20 Ben Elsworth, Marian Thompson, Karolina Grabara, Anna Montazam, Denis Cleven, Peter Kille, John Morgan, Stephen Sturzenbaum, David Spurgeon and Claus Svendsen

The genome of the earthworm Lumbricus rubellus

10:20 – 10:35 PeterKille, Ben Elsworth, David Spurgeon, Stephen R. Sturzenbaum, Claus Svendsen, John Morgan and Mark L. Blaxter

SeqAWorm: Sequencing a Soil Sentinel

10:35 – 10:50 Marta Novo, Rosa Fernández, Mónica Gutiérrez, Ana Almodóvar, Gonzalo Giribet, Darío Díaz Cosín

The taxonomic puzzle of Hormogastridae earthworms: molecular insights

10:50 – 11.05 David Porco, Samuel W. James, Thibaud Decaëns, Benoit Richard, Christer Erséus, Isabelle Meusnier, Rodolphe Rougerie, Paul D. N. Hebert

Taxonomic chimaera: an overlooked plague exemplified by the common nightcrawler (Lumbricus terrestris L.)

11:05 – 11:20 Martin Potthoff

Genetic diversity and structure in European populations of Lumbricus terrestris (L. 1758) (Lumbricidae) as detected by Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP)

11:20 – 11:50 Coffee Break

11:50 – 12:05 Stephane Boyer and Stephen D. Wratten

DNA bar-coding of New Zealand endemic earthworms

12:05 – 12:20 Chih-Han Chang andSamuel James

10 years of earthworm molecular phylogenetics: lessons learned and perspectives

Session 2:Earthworm Immunology & Physiology

Session Chairs: Edwin Cooper and Isabelle Barois

12:20 – 12:40 Plenary Joe Francis andEdwin Cooper

Earthworm Innate Immunity in the Genomic Era: The Search f or the Elusive Recognition Receptors

12:40 – 12:55 Bilej M., Prochazkova P., Joskova M., Silerova M., Dvorak J, Skanta F., Trefilova T., Rossmann P.and Kauschke E

A model of innate immunity in Eisenia andrei earthworms

12:55 – 13:10 Sheryl L. Fuller-Espie, Timothy Nacarelli, Erin L. Blake, Frank M. Bearoff and Madeleine A. Minutillo

Exposure of coelomocytes from Eisenia hortensis to oxidizing agents and heavy metals: A study examining effects on phagocytosis, apoptosis and ROS production

13:10 – 13:25Agnieszka Irena Mazur, A. John Morganand Barbara Plytycz

Riboflavin as chemoattractant for earthworm coelomocytes and mammalian immunocompetent cells

13:25 – 14:25 Lunch

14:25 – 15:25 Poster Sessions 1, 2 and 3

15:25 – 15:40 Xing Wan, Chang Li, Zhenjun Sun and Qian Su

A two-dimensional electrophoresis reference map of the earthworm Eisenia fetida

15:40 – 15:55 Balamurugan M., Parthasarathi K., L.S.Ranganathanband E.L. Cooper

Antimicrobial activity of Lampito mauritii (kinberg) extract and its probable mode of action

15:55 – 16:10 Weilin Fang and Chong Wang

Vermipharmaceuticals isolated from earthworms

16:10 – 16:25 Preetha Nair, Sharanya Selvakumar and Radha D Kale

Mitogenicity of earthworm lectins

16:25 – 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 – 17:15 Jiun-Hong Chen, Po-Chen Chen, Ya-Fan Wu and Shu-Chun Chuang

Oxidative stress caused by UV radiation or heavy metal exposure in earthworms

17:15 – 17:30 A. John Morgan, O’Reilly M., Winters, C., Fisher, P. Charnock J.M., Kille P., Andre, J., Turner, M.and Bennett A.

Metal mapping and ligand-speciation across the alimentary epithelia of earthworms native to metalliferous field soils: correlative electron microprobe and synchrotron microbeam X-ray analyses on frozen sections

17:30 – 17:45 Edwin Cooper

Earthworm immunity: a tale of survival by innate but not adaptive immunity

Session 3:Earthworms as Indicators of Change on a Local, Regional and Global Scale

Session Chairs: George Brown and José Antonio García

17:45 – 18:05 Plenary Maurizio G. Paoletti

Are earthworms good bioindicators of human activities?

18:05 – 18:20 G. Pérès, F. Vandenbulcke, M. Guernion, D. Piron, L. Rougé, M. Hedde, A. Bispo, L. Galsomies, C. Grand, D. Cluzeau

The use of earthworms as tool for soil monitoring, characterization and risk assessment. Example of a Bioindicator Programme developed at National scale (France)

18:20 – 18:35 Fernando Roberto Momo, Rosana Sandler, Liliana Beatriz Falco

A conceptual model to understand the role of earthworms as bioindicators in the Argentine Pampa steppe

18:35 – 18:50 Jerome E. Tondoh, Arnauth M. Guéi and Csaba Csuzdi

Quality in semi-deciduous forest areas (Centre-West, Ivory Coast)

18:50 – 19:05 Francisco Bautista Zúñiga, Cecilia Díaz Castelazo, Marisol García Robles

Earthworm communities in deciduous forest and productive systems in Yucatan, Mexico. Changes, disturbance responses and indicator species

19:05 End of Sessions

TUESDAY – September 7th

08:50 – 09:00 Welcome and Introduction

09:00 – 09:15 Bart Muys, Gorik Verstraeten, Jakub Hlava, Jan Valckxl, Kris Verheyen

Change trajectories of earthworm communities after conversion of mixed semi-natural broadleaved forest to spruce monoculture along a soil trophic gradient

09:15 – 09:30 Anna Rozen, Robert W. Mysłajek and Łukasz Sobczyk

Earthworm and other soil invertebrate communities along an altitudinal gradient in the Silesian Beskid mountains (Southern Poland)

09:30 – 09:45 Appolline Auclerc, Pierre Huguier, Yvan Capowiez, François Guérold and Johanne Nahmani

Using earthworm behaviour (avoidance, cast production and burrowing activities) to assess the effects of liming on the functioning of anthropogenically acidified forest soils

09:45 – 10:00 Jack Faber, Marieke de Lange and Koen Kramer

Resilience to inundation in earthworm communities in river floodplain grassland: trait attributes and diversity

10:00 – 10:15 Raphael Marichal, Catarina Praxedes, George G. Brown, Edana Castaneda, Thierry Desjardins, Valery Gond, Michel Grimaldi, Edward Guevara, Johan Oswald, Max Sarrazin, Patrick Lavelle

Earthworm biological traits, soil and landscape characteristics

10:15 – 10:30 Michael W. Bruford, Gabriela Juma, Robert Donnelly, Jake Bundy, Peter Kille, Georgina Harper and A. John Morgan

An integrated assessment of metal adaptation in the sentinel earthworm Lumbricus rubellus

Session 4:Earthworms and Ecosystem Services

Session Chairs: Mirjam Pulleman and Esperanza Huerta

10:30 – 10:50 Plenary Thibaud Decaëns

Earthworm activities, soil functioning and ecosystem services

10:50 – 11:05 Stefan Schrader, Helmut Rogasik, Ingrid Onasch, Joachim Kiesel and Horst H. Gerke

Micro-spatial heterogeneity of the drilosphere structure formed by the earthworm species Lumbricus terrestris

11:05 – 11:20 N.L. Schon, A.D. Mackay and M.A. Minor

Anecic earthworms in New Zealand sheep- and dairy-grazed pastures

11:20 – 11:35 Jan Valckx, Gerard Govers, Martin Hermy and Bart Muys

Manipulated earthworm populations decrease runoff and erosion rates in arable land with distinct soil tillage treatments

11:35 – 12:05 Coffee break

12:05 – 12:20 Friederike Wolfarth, Stefan Schrader, Elisabeth Oldenburg, Joachim Weinert and Joachim Brunotte

Earthworms promote the reduction of Fusarium biomass and deoxynivalenol content in wheat straw under field conditions

12:20 – 12:35 J.W. van Groenigen, B. Paul, I.M. Lubbers, L. Brussaard

Nitrous oxide emission as a function of earthworm feeding strategy

12:35 – 12:50 L. Bernard, L. Chapuis-Lardy, T. Razafimbelo, A.L. Pablo, E. Legname, T. Brüls, A. Brauman, J.L. Chotte and E. Blanchart

Effect of earthworms on priming effect intensity and involved microbial communities

12:50 – 13:05 Aidan M. Keith, Olaf Schmidt, Bas Boots and Mary Stromberger

Anecic earthworm removal in the field: Putting keystone species to the test using stable isotopes

13:05 – 13:20 Mark E Hodson, Denise Lambkin, Kerry Gwilliam, Caroline Layton, Matt Canti and Trevor Piearce

Can earthworms help us sequester C? Production and dissolution rates of earthworm secreted calcium carbonate

13:20 – 13:35 Steve Wratten, Harpinder Sandhu, Stephane Boyer and Sofia Orre

Earthworm ecosystem services in organic and biofuel agriculture

13:35 – 14:35 Lunch

14:35 – 15:35 Poster Sessions 4, 5 and 6

15:35 – 15:50 I.M. Lubbers, L. Brussaard and J.W. van Groenigen

Are earthworms good or bad for the soil greenhouse gas balance? A review

15:50 – 16:05 Manuel Blouin, Daniel Cluzeau, Eduardo Aranda Delgado, Geoff Baker, Lijbert Brussaard, Kevin Butt Jun Dai, Luc Dendooven, Mark E. Hodson and Patrick Lavelle

The ecology of earthworm impact on ecosystem services

Session 5:Earthworm interaction

Session Chairs: Olaf Schmidt and Enrique Alarcón

16:05 – 16:25 Plenary Seana Davidson, Powell Ryan, Go Ruth and James Sam

Diversity of bacterial symbionts in earthworm nephridia

16:25 – 16:40 ThakuriaDwipendra, Schmidt Olaf, Doohan Fiona M.

Determinants of gut wall bacterial communities in earthworms

16:40 – 17:10 Coffee Break

17:10 – 17:25 Liu Xuelian, Yu Yu, Yao Lan and Sun Zhenjun

Lactobacillus spp. maybe helps earthworms against dangerous pathogens in the environment?

17:25 – 17:40 Cécile Monard, Philippe Vandenkoornhuyse, Fabrice Martin-Laurent andFrançoise Binet

Biotic interaction between earthworms and pesticide degrading bacteria – Impact on the detoxification service of soil

17:40 – 17:55 Lara Zirbes, Philippe Thonart, Jean-Paul Wathelet and Eric Haubruge

Interaction between earthworms and soil fungi: volatiles attraction

17:55 – 18:10 D. Lucas Nebert, Japp Bloem, Ingrid Lubbers and Jan Willem van Groenigen

Earthworm – denitrifier interactions play a role in increased nitrous oxide emissions from soil mesocosms amended with crop residue

18:10 – 18:25 Stephane Boyer, Stephen D. Wratten, Andrew Holyoake, Robert H. Cruickshank and Jawad Abdelkrim

Using molecular diet analysis to evaluate the role of earthworms in food webs

18:25 – 18:40 Thibaud Decaëns, Estelle Forey, Julia Clause, Stefan Scheu, Sebastien Barot, Estelle Langlois, Pierre Margerie, Laossi Kam-Rigne and Nico Eisenhauer

Importance of earthworm – seed interactions for the composition of plant communities: a review

18:40 – 18:55 Kent Harrison, Emilie Regnier, Liu Jianyang, Norman Arancon and Clive Edwards

Secondary seed dispersal of Ambrosia trifida by Lumbricus terrestris: Implications for Earthworm – Weed Interactions

18:55 End of Sessions

WEDNESDAY – September 8th

08:30 – 20:00 Symposium Excursion

THURSDAY – September 9th

08:50 – 09:00 Welcome and Introduction

09:00 – 09:15 Erin K. Cameronand Erin M. Bayne

Do non-native earthworms cause invasional meltdowns?

09:15 – 09:30 Benoit Richard, Marc Legras, Jerôme Mathieu andThibaud Decaëns

Spatial distribution of earthworm species assemblages in pasture of northwestern France

Session 6:Earthworms and Soil Fertility

Session Chairs: Geoff Baker and Angel Ortiz

09:30 – 09:50 Plenary Kevin Butt

Soil improvement and earthworms: Production and behavioural results since ISEE4

09:50 – 10:05 Alexandre Barrigossi, Carlos Pedretti Júnior, Marie L.C. Bartz, Ana Cláudia R. Lima, Dirceu N. Gassen, Amarildo Pasini and George G. Brown

Earthworms as new pests of irrigated rice in Brazil

10:05 – 10:20 Yan Liao, Ning Zhang, Chong Wang and Zhenjun Sun

Relationship analysis between earthworm population and soil fertility in different land-use types

10:20 – 10:35 Tatiana De Oliveira, Michel Bertrand and Jean Roger-Estrade

Effects of mouldboard ploughing on changes with time in earthworm abundance, in an organic farming system in Northern France

10:35 – 10:50 N. Bottinelli, V. Hallaire, S. Menasseri-Aubry, C. Le Guillou, Y. Benard and D. Cluzeau

Effect of management practices and earthworm biostructures on soil hydraulic conductivity

10:50 – 11:05 Ruben Puga-Freitasand Manuel Blouin

Evidence of the involvement of the auxin pathway in the impact of earthworm on plants

11:05 – 11:20 Pascal Jouquet

Darwin’s dream comes true: NIRS allows quantifying the impact of earthworms on soil and Carbon dynamic

11:20 – 11:35 Kavitha B. and Bagyaraj. D. J

Fungal Diversity in the Burrow Wall Soil of Two Earthworms Species

11:35 – 12:05 Coffee break

12:05 – 12:20 Shobha A. Reddy, D. J. Bagyaraj and Radha D. Kale

Vermicompost as biocontrol agent in suppression of three soil-borne plant pathogens at field level

12:20 – 12:35 Tunira Bhadauria, Krishan Gopal Saxenaand Jawahar Laal Nehru

Integrated use of vermi compost and chemical fertilizer for enhanced crop productivity in biologically reclaimed sodic agro ecosystems in Indogangetic plains

12:35 – 12:50 Sabyasachi Nathand Priyasankar S. Chaudhuri

Growth and reproduction in Pontoscolex corethrurus (Muller) – a dominant species of rubber plantation

Session 7:Earthworms, Soil Contamination and Bioremediation

Session Chairs: A.John Morgan and Silvia Maribel Contreras

12:50 – 13:10 Plenary Joerg Röembke and Jose Paulo Sousa

Experiences with the earthworm avoidance test as a new tool for the environmental risk assessment of individual chemicals and contaminated soils

13:10 – 13:25 Mark E Hodson, Anne Fraser, Denise Lambkin, Martin R Lee, Paul F Schofield and Fred Mosselmans

Interaction of lead with earthworm secreted calcium carbonate granules

13:25 – 13:40 R.Claire Le Bayon, V. Matera, R. Kohler-Milleret, C. Degen and J.M. Gobat

The effects of earthworm activities (Aporrectodea giardi) on the distribution of geogenic arsenic and soil nutrients in the Jura Mountains (Switzerland)

13:40 – 14:40 Lunch

14.40 – 15:40 Poster Sessions 7 and 8

15:40 – 15:55 Tom Sizmur, Jeremy Wingate, Tony Hutchings and Mark E. Hodson

Impact of earthworms on the remediation efficiency of contaminated soil

15:55 – 16:10 Barbara Plytycz, Jane Andre and A. John Morgan

Suitability of Dendrodrilus rubidus and Lumbricus rubellus coelomocytes for monitoring soil pollution: mini-review

16:10 – 16:25 Robert Donnelly

The worm that turned? Inferring possible genetic adaptation of Lumbricus rubellus (Hoffmeister) populations along a Ni-pollution gradient, and in adjacent non-pollutedgeochemically contrasting soils with microsatellite markers

16:25 – 16:40 Silvia M. Contreras-Ramos, Dioselina Alvarez-Bernal and Luc Dendooven

Earthworms, are a means to accelerate removal of hydrocarbons from soil? A review

16:40 – 17:10 Coffee Break

17:10 – 17:25 Gabriela A Pinto-Juma, Robert K Donelly, Jacob G Bundy, Michael W. Bruford and A.John Morgan

Genetic diversity of Lumbricus rubellus in unpolluted and polluted habitats

17:25 – 17:40 Xiaohui Mo, Yuhui Qiao, Yang Li and Zhenjun Sun

Molecular toxicology of cadmium on earthworms in low polluted soil

17:40 – 17:55 Jake Bundy

Metabolomics in earthworm biology

17:55 – 18:10 Dave Spurgeon, Claus Svendsen, Peter Kille and John Morgan

Mixture interactions and mechanisms of joint effects of stressors in earthworms exposed to stressor combinations

SESSION 8:Vermicomposting and Waste Management

Session Chairs: Jorge Dominguez and Eduardo Aranda

18:10 – 18:30 Plenary Clive A. Edwardsand Norman Q. Arancon

Effects of Vermicomposts and Aqueous Extracts from Vermicomposts (‘Teas’) on Plant Diseases and Pests

18:30 – 18:45 Arvinder Kaur, Jaswinder Singh, Adarsh Pal Viga and Pushpinder Jai Rup

Comparison of co-composting with and without Eisenia fetida for bioremediation of distillery sludge

18:45 – 19:00 Guohua Dai, Jing Li and Zhenjun Sun

Extraction condition influenced vermicompost tea function

19:00 End of sessions


08:50 – 09:00 Welcome and Introduction

09:00 – 11:30 Workshop 1: Ken Lee & his Work on Earthworms

Workshop 2: Earthworms & Medicine

Workshop 3: Lumbricus terrestris& Eisenia fetidaGenoma

Workshop 4: Earthworm biostimulation – the way forward

Workshop 5: Vermicomposting

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 – 12:30 Workshops 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

12:30 – 12:45 Feifan Guo, Qin Zhang and Zhenjun Sun

Vermicomposting of sewage sludge: Effect of PAM (Polyacrylamide) on the growth and reproduction of the earthworm Eisenia foetida

12:45 – 13:00 Jaswinder Singh and Arvinder Kaur

Vermitechnology for fast conversion of toxic wastes of a soft drink industry intoquality manure

13:00 – 13:15 Fernando Monroy, Manuel Aira and Jorge Domínguez

Mechanisms of reduction of total coliform numbers during vermicomposting

13:15 – 13:30 Yatheesh K. Rawgol, Priyadarshini P. Maddi, Venugopal Sharmaand Radha D. Kale

Efficacy of vermiwash-smeared mulberry leaves on cocoon characters of multivoltine hybrid mulberry silkworm Bombyxmori L.: Kolar Gold (K.G.) Race

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 14:45 Luth Saja, Paul Robin, Philippe Germain, Marcel Lecomte, Brigitte Landrain and Daniel Cluzeau

Earthworm effect on gaseous emissions during vermifiltration of animal wastewater

14:45 – 15:00 Rhonda L. Sherman

Vermicomposting inBusinesses and Institutions in N. America

15:00 – 15:15 Ludibeth Solis Mejía, Marina Islas Espinoza and Maria Vicenta Esteller Alberich

Vermicomposting of biosolids: earthworm population growth and agronomic characteristics

15:15 – 15:30 Uma Thavamani, D. J. Bagyarajand Radha D. Kale

Suppressive compost: Vermicompost enriched with biocontrol agents

15:30 – 16:00 Workshops Summaries

16:00 – 16:30 Critique and overview of ISEE9

16:30 – 17:15 Closing Session