Grant Herron

Research interests

  • Insecticide resistance detection and its management in insects and mites of agricultural significance


Grant is a Principal Research Scientist and officer in charge of NSW DPI’s Insecticide Resistance Research Unit located at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, Menangle.

Grant has an excellent record for research and extension publications, either as sole or co-author. This includes timely research reporting to funding bodies. His research has been widely published in International and National journals that has produced a Hirsch index of 16 (ISI Web of Science). As a result of Grant’s sustained publication achievements his research has been cited 681 times (ISI Web of Science). Grant is well respected by his peers and receives many invitations to chair or speak at conferences.

Since Grant’s appointment to a research position within NSW DPI he has produced 70 refereed scientific journal publications that appear in reputable entomology journals. He has collaborated with high level scientists from other organisations which is a reflection of the quality of his research. The international journal Experimental and Applied Acarology invited Grant to join its Editorial Board in 1996, which acknowledges his international standing and depth of knowledge in his field. More recently he was asked to become the Technical Editor (chemical control) for the southern hemisphere journal Austral Entomology (Australia’s most prestigious scientific entomological periodical). As a consequence, he currently reviews numerous international and local manuscripts per year for inclusion in various journals.

Grant has demonstrated a high level of scientific leadership in his chosen field of insecticide resistance management. He is the principal investigator in funded research and is responsible for the scientific direction, rigour and innovation behind the projects.  Grant has good rapport and communication with senior representatives of the agrochemical industry, the horticulture industry and the R&D bodies. He is highly regarded by his peers, as evidenced by his collaborative projects with scientists within and outside NSW DPI.

In recognition of his scientific standing and to further aid student supervision, the University of Western Sydney (UWS), Hawkesbury appointed Grant as an adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Horticulture in August 1999 and supervises honours and PhD students.


  • B.Appl.Sc. (1981) NSW Institute of Technology
  • Dip.Agri.Ent. (1988) University of Sydney
  • Ph.D. (1994) University of Sydney

Current projects

Grant currently leads national research efforts into improved resistance management for a number of key agricultural pests. These include two‑spotted mite (Tetranychus urticae) in horticulture and cotton; cotton aphid (Aphis gossypii) in cotton; western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis); onion thrips (Thrips tabaci) in horticulture and cotton; and more recently green mirid (Creontiades dilutus).

Grant also leads the collaborative research project DAN1507 independent of peer supervision and guiding my professional collaborators.

Fields of research

  • 070308 Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, diseases and weeds)

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Contact details

Email: grant.herron@dpi.nsw.gov.au