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.
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.