Dr. Manjree Agarwal from last 14 years has been working in conducting basic and applied research for development of new technologies, non-chemical methods, innovative processes, new chemicals for stored and horticultural product insect management, with special emphasis on post-harvest plant biosecurity. Area of expertise includes: • Development of innovative, rapid and accurate diagnostic tools based on insect ecology and biology • Management of phosphine resistance insects in grain storage • Exploration of novel non chemical method for control of stored product insect pests • Development of biosecurity tools for potential new incursions of exotic organisms • The role of volatiles in understanding and manipulating plant/pest/microbe interactions with the aim to control incursions and resistance build up to chemicals • Alternatives to methyl bromide for quarantine treatment of grains and horticultural produce. Currently she is working as Post doctorate fellow in post-harvest plant biosecurity and food safety laboratory, Murdoch University, Western Australia. She is currently supervising 12PhD students and has successfully supervised two PhD students.
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, and Studying chemical ecology between host plant, healthy plant and pest.