Manjree Agarwal  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.
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    Dr Manjree Agarwal
    PhD in Agricultural chemicals

    Senior Lecturer in Post Harvest Plant Biosecurity

    About me

    From last 17 years I have been working in conducting basic and applied research for development of new technologies, non-chemical methods, for  management of pests in stored grain, horticultural produce, wooden commodities, warehouse and shipping container along with development of smart surveillance and diagnostic methods for pest of biosecurity risk. Area of expertise includes:

    • Development of innovative, rapid and accurate diagnostic tools based on insect ecology and biology
    • Development of biosecurity tools for  potential new incursions of exotic organisms
    • Exploration of novel non chemical method for control of insect pests
    • Alternatives to methyl bromide for quarantine treatment
    • Changes in physiological behavior of plant after application of plant growth regulators
    • Method development for analysis of an unknown chemical by use of latest analytical techniques
    • Discovery of new chemicals from plant having pesticidal or medicinal properties

    Teaching area

    1. Unit coordinator for ANS 208, Crop Protection and Plant Biosecurity. This unit is under Crop and Pasture Science started in 2017

    Teaching following subjects:

    • Introduction to crop and pasture protection
    • Chemistry of pesticides
    • Introduction to pests like mollucs, birds and rodents and their management
    • Introduction to plant biosecurity and its policies
    • Surveillance and its importance to biosecurity
    • Biosecurity and safe guarding trade

    2. Teach  BIO309: Omics and bioinformatics in post-harvest research

    3. Teach BIO311: Interactive data analysis and visualisation

    Research areas

    • Capacity building for disinfestation of Medfly in post harvest commodities
    • Developing diagnostic tool for biosecurity pests using hyperspectral image and machine learning alogrithms
    • Developing new novel green and safe chemicals for protection of post harvest commodity in storage
    • Looking for fumigants alternative to methyl bromide
    • Management of phosphine resistance stored grain pests
    • Studying chemical ecology between host plant , healthy plant and pest

     

    Current projects

    Currently working as Head of the Medfly Disinfestation Centre for Post Harvest Treatment

    Successfully finished following projects:

    • Western Australian State Government, Royalties for Regions Boosting Biosecurity Defences R&D funded project “ “New discriminatory diagnostic protocols for exotic khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) to aid early detection and future-proof market access”
    • Delivery and adoption of nitrogen/low oxygen and nitrogen + phosphine technology for the management of stored grain pest. (Plant biosecurity CRC projects)
    •  Deployment of a synthetic amorphous silica product for the control of grain storage pests. (Plant biosecurity CRC projects)
    • Eradication of Eucalyptus weevil for European Market for pink lady apples ( Horticulture innovation Australia project)
    • Quarantine treatment of Naval oranges for S. Korean market. (Citrus Australia project)
    • Use of Ethanedinitrile for treatment of stored grain and timber pest (BOC)

     

    Awards and grants

    GRANTS

    2016-2018 Biosecurity Research and Development Fund- New discriminatory diagnostic protocols for exotic khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) to aid early detection and future-proof market access ($247,800)

    2009-2012 Horticulture innovation Australia (HAL-PA09045), Eradication of Eucalyptus weevil for European market for pink lady apples, $45,00

    2012-2014 Citrus Australia (CRC100022), Quarantine treatment of naval oranges for South Korean Market, $200,000

     2014-2016 PBCRC, (CRC 3099) Delivery and adoption of nitrogen/low oxygen and nitrogen + phosphine technology for the management of stored grain pest, $ 635,000

    AWARDS

    • Murdoch Research and Innovation Prize’ in the Start Something Commercialisation Awards for 2016.
    • Recipient of IARI Merit Gold Medal for outstanding academic performance in Ph.D.
    • Recipient of Nihar Bala Ghosh Gold Medal for the Best Ph.D. student of the Institute.
    • Recipient of Lectureship (NET) Eligibility Certificate in life sciences conducted by Center for scientific and industrial research-university grants commission (CSIR-UGC)

     

      Professional and community service

      Working as Scientist in school program run by CSIRO

      Engaged in organizing biosecurity and food safety training programs for primary and secondary school like, Perth Modern School, Applecross primary and secondary, Rossmoyne secondary, Corpus Christi

      Doctoral and masters supervisions

      Currently supervising following students as Principal supervisor

      Name Research project
      Nadia Hanoon Salman Al-saedi (PhD) Creating new cheese using Australian Sweet Lupin
      Thamer Salman Al-shuwaili (PhD) Developing new diagnostic tools for Trogoderma spp. by using Solid phase micro extraction technique  (SPME) , Gas Chromatography GC /MS and Visible/near-infrared hyperspectral (VNIH)
      Yu Xiao (M.Phil) Study of OZONE on control of stored grain insect pests and grain quality
      Chunyun Gu (Masters by research) Use of Ethyl formate in controlling grain and horticultural pests

       

      Currently supervising following students as Co-supervisor

      Name Research project
      Qasim Ahmed Evaluation of Natural Product Extracts for Control of Vegetable Pests – Efficacy of Plant, Algae (seaweeds) and Fungi Extracts for control of Aphid and Mite Pests
      Basman Al-Jalely Evaluate volatiles from the infected insects as indicators for diagnostic insect health
      Ihab Abdul-Kreem Abdulla Comparison of biological and physiological behaviour of phosphine resistant and susceptible strains of two species of stored product insects
      Yanyu Li (submitted thesis) Understanding the mechanisms of dust-induced insect death and biological effect
      Mohammed Muhi Ibrahim Study on physiological response of Plant Growth Regulators on Two Varieties of Rose
      Hasan hadi faraj Al-khshemawee Evaluation of mating, dispersion and migration between different treated fruit flies by using stable isotope technology
      Khalid O. Mohammed Biological control of yellow scale insect Aonidiella orientalis (Newstead) (Homoptera: Diaspididae)
      Farhan Al-Behadili Evaluation of low temperature, low oxygen and their combination as phytosanitary treatment tools for eradication of Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) in Blueberry
      Ahmed Abbas Auda (PhD) Diagnosis and control of Botrytis cinerea on postharvest blueberry fruit
      Jane Wan Explore Info-gap theory as a methodology to provide higher levels of confidence for modelled uncertainties in systems deployed
      Yanying AN Study on Molecular Mechanism of Regulation of Monoterpene Synthesis by Grape Geranyl Glycosyl Pyrophosphate Synthase
      Yanan Hao Zearalenone in livestock on the metabolism and the relationship with spermatogenesis

       

      Students supervised

       

      Name Research project
      Rui Qui (PhD) Detection of Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands by Headspace Solid-phase Microextration Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
       Yonghao Niu (PhD) Are the volatile chemicals from wheat and grain insects (Rhyzopertha dominica (F.) and Tribolium castaneum ) related with inter-communication between insects and host
      Megan Sara Jansen (Honours) Fate of 32P-labelled phosphine in grain and grain fraction. Dr. Agarwal conceived the idea, planned and demonstrated the work. The findings from this research was first time in the world

       

      Advisory Committee Chair

      Name Research project
      Sonia Afrin (PhD) Tetraploid wheat maternal effects on common wheat grain
      Nigarin Sultana (PhD) Characterizing TaNAC-S gene underlying grain protein efficiency and yield
      Yun Zhao (PhD) Mapping QTLs associated with Nitrogen use efficiency in wheat

      Publications

      Journals

      • Ibrahim, M., Agarwal, M., Oh Yang, J., Abdulhussein, M., Du, X., Hardy, G., Ren, Y., (2019), Plant Growth Regulators Improve the Production ofVolatile Organic Compounds in Two Rose Varieties, Plants, 8, , pages 35 -.
      • Xiao, Y., Liu, T., Gu, C., Yu, J., Agarwal, M., Shan, C., Ren, Y., (2019), Physical, chemical and biological behaviour of fumigants on cottonseed, Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part B: Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes, 54, 1, pages 41 - 48.
      • Al-Khshemawee, H., Agarwal, M., Ren, Y., (2019), Stable isotope labelling of Ceratitis capitata, Plant Protection Science, 55, , pages 54 - 60.
      • Al-Behadili, F., Bilgi, V., Li, J., Wang, P., Taniguchi, M., Agarwal, M., Ren, Y., Xu, W., (2019), Cold Response of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata) on a Lab Diet, Insects, 10, 2, pages 1 - 11.
      • Mohammed, K., Agarwal, M., Du, X., Newman, J., Ren, Y., (2019), Behavioural responses of the parasitoid Aphytis melinus to volatiles organic compounds (VOCs) from Aonidiella aurantii on its host fruit Tahitian lime fruit Citrus latifolia., Biological Control, 133, , pages 103 - 109.
      • Mohammed, K., Agarwal, M., Du, X., Newman, J., Ren, Y., (2019), Behavioural responses of the parasitoid Aphytis melinus to volatiles organic compounds (VOCs) from Aonidiella aurantii on its host fruit Tahitian lime fruit Citrus latifolia, Biological Control, 133, 2019, pages 103 - 109.
      • Ibrahim, M., Du, X., Agarwal, M., Hardy, G., Abdulhussein, M., Ren, Y., (2018), Influence of Benzyladenine on Metabolic Changes in Different Rose Tissues, Plants, 7, , pages 1 - 12.
      • Al-Khshemawee, H., Du, X., Agarwal, M., Yang, J., Ren, Y., (2018), Application of Direct Immersion Solid-Phase Microextraction (DI-SPME) for Understanding Biological Changes of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata) During Mating Procedures, Molecules, , , pages 23 - 2951.
      • Ahmed, Q., Ren, Y., Emery, R., Newman, J., Agarwal, M., (2018), Evaluation of Ethyl Formate, Phosphine, and their combination to disinfest harvested celery against Purple Scum Springtails, HortTechnology, August 28, 4, pages 492 - 501.
      • Al-Khshemawee, H., Agarwal, M., Ren, Y., (2018), Stable Isotope Labelling of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae), Plant Protection Science, 13, , pages -.
      • Ibrahim, M., Agarwal, M., Hardy, G., Ren, Y., (2017), Optimized Method to Analyze Rose Plant Volatile Organic Compounds by HS-SPME-GC-FID/MSD, Journal of Biosciences & Medicines, 5, , pages 13 - 31.
      • Mohammed, K., Agarwal, M., Newman, J., Ren, Y., (2017), Optimization of Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction Conditions for the Identification of Volatiles Compounds from the Whole Fruit of Lemon, Lime, Mandarin and Orange, Journal of Biosciences & Medicines, 5, , pages 176 - 186.
      • Ibrahim, M., Agarwal, M., Hardy, G., Abdulhussein, M., Ren, Y., (2017), Optimization of Environmental Factors to Measure Physiological Parameters of Two Rose Varieties, Journal of Applied Sciences, 7, , pages 585 - 595.
      • Al-Khshemawee, H., Agarwal, M., Ren, Y., (2017), Evaluation of Stable Isotope 13C6-glucose on Volatile Organic Compounds in Different Stages of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Medfly) Ceratitis Capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae), Entomology, ornithology, & herpetology : current research, 6, 3, pages -.
      • Al-Khshemawee, H., Agarwal, M., Du, X., Ren, Y., (2017), Detection of Mediterranean Fruit Fly Larvae Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephidae) in Different Types of Fruit by HS-SPME GC-MS Method, Journal of Biosciences & Medicines, 5, , pages 154 - 159.
      • Niu, Y., Hua, L., Hardy, G., Agarwal, M., Ren, Y., (2016), Analysis of volatiles from stored wheat and Rhyzopertha dominica (F.) with solid phase microextraction-gas chromatography mass spectrometry, International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, 96, 5, pages 1697 - 1703.
      • Niu, Y., Hardy, G., Agarwal, M., Hua, L., Ren, Y., (2016), Characterization of volatiles Tribolium castaneum (H.) in flour using solid phase microextractiongas chromatography mass spectrometry (SPMEGCMS), Food Sciences and Human Wellness, 5, 1, pages 24 - 29.
      • Agarwal, M., Ren, Y., Newman, J., Learmonth, S., (2015), Ethyl Formate: A Potential Disinfestation Treatment for Eucalyptus Weevil (Gonipterus platensis)(Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Apples, International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, , 2015, pages 1 - 6.
      • Qui, R., Qu, D., Hardy, G., Trengove, R., Agarwal, M., Ren, Y., (2014), Optimization of headspace solid-phase microextraction conditions for the identification of Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands, Plant Disease: an international journal of applied plant pathology, 98, 8, pages 1088 - 1098.
      • Qiu, R., Qu, D., Trengove, R., Agarwal, M., Hardy, G., Ren, Y., (2014), Headspace solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for analysis of VOCs produced by Phytophthora cinnamomi, Plant Disease: an international journal of applied plant pathology, 98, 8, pages 1099 - 1105.
      • Qiu, R., Hardy, G., Dong, Q., Trengove, R., Agarwal, M., Ren, Y., (2012), Optimization of the Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction Gas Chromatography for Volatile Compounds Determination inPhytophthora Cinnamomi Rands, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology. Proceedings, 72, , pages 324 - 328.

      Conference

      • Ren, Y., Yang, C., Newman, J., Agarwal, M., Kostas, E., Cheng, H., (2012),NITROGEN APPLICATION OFFERS FOR BOTH CONTROL OF INSECT AND GRAIN QUALITY,In: 9th International Conference on Controlled Atmosphere and Fumigation in Stored Products.
      • Niu, Y., Hardy, G., Hua, L., Trengove, R., Agarwal, M., Cheng, H., Ren, Y., (2012),Optimization Of Hs-Spme-Gc Method For Detection Ofstored Grain Insects,In: 9th International Conference on Controlled Atmosphere and Fumigation in Stored Products.
      • Agarwal, M., Ren, Y., Newman, J., Cheng, H., (2012),ERADICATION OF EUCALYPTUS WEEVILS IN APPLES BY ETHYLFORMATE,In: 9th International Conference on Controlled Atmosphere and Fumigation in Stored Products.
      • Ren, Y., Jansen, M., Agarwal, M., Emery, R., Newman, J., Cheng, H., (2012),FATE OF 32P LABELED PHOSPHINE IN GRAIN AND GRAIN FRACTIONS,In: 9th International Conference on Controlled Atmosphere and Fumigation in Stored Products.