The Project

The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund has awarded a $3 million grant in support of the ‘Grand Challenge Priority Theme of Food Security’ to a consortium of researchers led by A/Prof Gimme Walter, The University of Queensland and Professor Chandrasekaran Subramaniam, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

The project involves an alliance of researchers from The University of Queensland, the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, the Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology, and the Central Food Technological Research Institute and is designed to improve postharvest protection of the grain supply chain by effective management of phosphine (PH3) resistance in insect pests.

In Australia and India, grain is harvested before summer and then stored over the hottest part of the year which favors insect propagation leading to post-harvest spoilage. This project will ensure the security of future food supply for Australian domestic use and international export and mitigate post-harvest losses of food grains in India which will enable the country to feed another 70-100 million people, or about one third of India’s poor.
 


 

Recent Events

In April 2014, UQ hosted a collaborative workshop involving Australian and Indian project members, as well as delegates from two Indian grain warehousing companies and GrainCorp Australia. Industry engagement is an important part of driving change in food security practices and this workshop allowed researchers to discuss current practice and research needs with industry stakeholders. Members of the Indian consortium and the delegates from the Food Corporation of India and the Central Warehousing Corporation travelled to Brisbane for a range of activities, including field site visits to familiarize researchers with Australian crop growing and storage systems, seminars from specialists and stakeholder discussions. We look forward to collaborating with industry partners in the future, especially in connection with the newly established Indian National Grain Protection Alliance.

In September 2012, UQ hosted a collaborative workshop for the group. Members of the Indian consortium travelled to Brisbane for a range of activities, including demonstrations of scientific methods, field site visits to familiarize researchers with Australian crop growing and storage systems, and seminars from specialists. Such workshops not only enable the research itself to be advanced, but also foster collaborative links between researchers in Australia and India.

In July 2012, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University hosted the inaugural collaborative workshop for the project. Several researchers from the University of Queensland visited India, where they visited field sites to familiarize themselves with Indian crop growing and storage systems, attended seminars and furthered the aims of the project.

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Our People

Project Managers:

  • A/Prof Gimme Walter
    Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland.

  • Prof Chandrasekaran Subramaniam
    Professor of Agricultural Entomology, Centre for Plant Protection Studies, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

Research Team:

  • A/Prof Paul Ebert
    Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland

  • Dr Pat Collins
    Principal Entomologist, Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

  • Dr Manoj Nayak
    Principal Research Scientist, Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

  • Dr Greg Daglish
    Principal Research Scientist, Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

  • Dr Raj Jagadeesan
    Research Scientist, Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

  • Dr Subramanian Sabtharishi
    Division of Entomology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute

  • Prof Srirama Sarma Mohan
    Professor of Entomology, Centre for Plant Protection Studies, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

  • Prof Subbarayalu Mohankumar
    Professor, Department of Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

  • Dr Chitra Srivastava
    Principal Scientist, Indian Agricultural Research Institute

  • Dr Loganathan Manickam
    Associate Professor (Entomology), Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology

  • Dr Akmal Pasha
    Senior Principal Scientist, Food Protectants and Infestation Control, Central Food Technological Research Institute

  • Mr Selladurai Manivannan
    Technical Assistant, Food Protectants and Infestation Control, Central Food Technology Research Institute

  • Dr David Schlipalius
    Scientist, Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

  • Dr Michelle Rafter
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Insect Ecology

  • Dr Graham McCulloch
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Insect Population Genetics

Our Partners

  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

  • Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology

  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute

  • Central Food Technological Research Institute

  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Funded By

  • Australia-India Strategic Research Fund, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Canberra

  • Department of Science and Technology, India

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