Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Jian Liu

Dr Jian Liu

PhD, Msc, BSc

Jian Liu graduated from her bachelor's degree in plant protection in 2003, a master's degree in 2006. In 2009 she completed her doctoral degree in agricultural entomology and pest management at Zhejiang University, one of the top-ranked universities in China. Since then she has been working on pest management in a variety of settings.

As soon as she finished her PhD study, she joined the Research Institute of Sub-tropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry. In this role she worked on insect pest management in bamboo forests and insect pest survey in Camelia oil tea forest, leading a number of  projects and communication activities. Later she joined Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University working on insect-plant interactions using chemical ecology methods.

Earlier work at CSU focused on phytoplasma pathogens of crops and has generated two journal papers in the last 12 months.

In her new (five year) appointment at CSU she is developing novel methods for sweet potato pest management using chemical ecology and biocontrol approaches.

Her work has yielded a total of 19 scientific papers in journals such as Scientific Reports and Frontiers in Plant Science.

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Currently working on ACIAR projects, developing improved crop protection options in support of intensification of sweet potato production in Papua New Guinea. Particularly on generating novel biocontrol methods for sweet potato pest management.

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  • Liu J, Gopurenko D, Fletcher M, Johnson A and Geoff GM (2017) Phytoplasmas– the 'crouching tiger' threat of Australian plant pathology. Frontiers in Plant Science 8:599. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00599
  • Gopurenko D, Fletcher MJ, Liu J, and Gurr GM (2016) Expanding and exploring the diversity of phytoplasmas from lucerne (Medicago sativa). Scientific Reports, 6.
  • Gurr GM , Bertaccini A, Gopurneko D, Krueger R, Alhudaib K, Liu J, Fletcher MJ (2015) Phytoplasmas and their insect vectors: implications for date palm. In: W. Wakil (ed.) Sustainable Pest Management in Date Palm: Current Status and Emerging Challenges, Springer. pp 287-314.
  • Gurr GM, Johnson AC, and Liu J (2014) Land use: restoration and rehabilitation. In: Neal Van Alfen, (ed.). Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, Vol. 4, San Diego: Elsevier; 2014. pp. 139-147.
  • Gurr GM, Read DMY, Catindig JLA, Cheng JA, Liu J, Lan LP, Heong KL (2012) Parasitoids of the rice leaffolder, Cnaphalocrocis medinalis (Guenée) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), and prospects for enhancing biological control with nectar plants. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 14: 1–12  
  • Li M, Liu J, Liu SS (2011) Tomato yellow leaf curl virus infection of tomato does not affect the performance of the Q and ZHJ2 biotypes of the viral vector Bemisia tabaci. Insect Science, 18:40-49.
  • Gurr GM, Liu J, Read DMY, Catindig JLA, Cheng JA, Lan LP, Heong KL (2011) Parasitoids of Asian rice planthopper (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) pests and prospects for enhancing biological control by ecological engineering. Annals of Applied Biology, 158: 149-176.
  • Wang J, Zhao H, Liu J, Jiu M, Qian YJ, Liu SS (2010) Low frequency of horizontal and vertical transmission of two begomoviruses through whitefly exhibits little relevance to the vector infectivity. Annals of Applied Biology, 157: 125–133.
  • Crowder DW, Horowitz AR, De Barro PJ, Liu SS, Showalte A M r, Kontsedalov S, Khasdan V, Shargal A, Liu J, Carrière Y ( 2010) Mating behavior, life-history, and adaptation to insecticides determine species exclusion between whiteflies. Journal of Animal Ecology, 79: 563–570.
  • Liu J, Zhao H, Jiang K, Zhou XP, Liu SS (2009) Differential indirect effects of two plant viruses on an invasive and an indigenous whitefly vector: implications for competitive displacement. Annals of Applied Biology, 155: 439-448.
  • Liu J, Li M, Huang CJ, Zhou XP, Liu SS (2009) Virus-infection of tobacco plants improves performance of Bemisia tabaci but more so for an invasive than for an indigenous biotype of the whitefly. Journal of Zhejiang University-Science B (Biomed & Biotechnol), 11:30-40. (in English)
  • Shu JP, Teng Y, Liu J, Xu TS, Wang HJ (2013) Behavioral responses of yellow-spined bamboo locust Ceracris kiangsu to human urine fermented for different days. Chinese Journal of Ecology, 32(4):946-951. (in Chinese with English abstract)
  • Shu JP, Teng Y, Liu J, Zhang YB, Wang HJ (2013) Preliminary analysis on the causes of pre-harvest fruit drop in Camellia oleifera. China Plant Protection, 33(1): 9-14. (in Chinese with English abstract)
Liu J, Shu JP, Hua ZY, Xu TS, Wang HJ (2012) Preliminary report of biological characteristics of Dasychira dudgeoni Swinhoe. Forest Research. 25(4): 535-539 (in Chinese with English abstract)

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