MO, Jianhua

Jianhua Mo

Research interests

  • Insect ecology
  • Population dynamics/modelling
  • Integrated pest management


Dr Jianhua Mo is a research entomologist in horticultural crops. Since joining the Department in 2000, he has led/collaborated in 16 research projects on the IPM of citrus and vegetable pests including citrus gall wasp (Bruchopagus fellis), red scale (Aonidiella aurantii), fuller’s rose weevil (Asynonychus cervinus), light brown apple moth (Epipyas postvittana), spined citrus bug (Birporulus bibax), and onion thrips (Thrips tabaci) in onions. Dr Mo is currently working on field and landscape management to support beneficial arthropods for IPM on Australian vegetable farms and vulnerability assessment of climate change on horticultural crops. Prior to joining NSW DPI, Dr Mo worked on diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) dispersal and sampling techniques in Brassica crops in SARDI, South Australia, modelling the dieback of eucalypt trees in the CSIRO Division of Entomology in Queensland, and biological control of rubber vine in a weed research centre in Queensland.

Research areas in these projects include pest population dynamics, temperature-dependant development, temporal and spatial distributions, mating disruption, sampling, dispersal, and insecticide efficacy.

Jianhua is based at Yanco Agricultural Institute.


  • B.Sc. (Agric) Central-south University of forestry and technology (China), 1982
  • M.Sc. (Agric) Central-south University of forestry and technology (China), 1985
  • PhD Forest Entomology Australian National University, 1996

Current and recent projects

  • Title: Field and landscape management to support beneficial arthropods for IPM on vegetable farms
    Role: Project collaborator
    Funding: Hort Innovation VG16062
    Period: 2018–2021
  • Title: Development of national strategies to manage citrus gall wasp
    Role: Project leader
    Funding: Hort Innovation CT15006
    Period: 2015-2018
  • Title: Development of phenology models and a timing guide for the management of red scale in Australian citrus
    Role: Project leader
    Funding: Hort Innovation CT15008
    Period: 2015–2018
  • Title: Thrips species in NSW Cherries and the timing of associated ring russet injury
    Role: Project collaborator
    Funding: Hort Innovation CY13001
    Period: 2016-2017
  • Title: Establishing Southern Cotton – IPM  
    Role: Project collaborator
    Funding: CRDC DAN1501
    Period: 2014–2017
  • Title: Assessing and managing Iris Yellow Spot virus in onion production regions of Australia
    Role: Project collaborator
    Funding: Horticulture Australia Ltd VN11005
    Period: 2011–2014
  • Title: Managing pests of quarantine concern for citrus market access
    Role: Project collaborator
    Funding: Horticulture Australia Ltd CT07045
    Period: 2008–2011
  • Title: Best management options for onion thrips in onion
    Role: Project leader
    Funding: Horticulture Australia Ltd VN07000
    Period: 2007–2010
  • Title: Fruit fly trapping project
    Role: Project collaborator
    Funding: CRC for National Plant Biosecurity 30039
    Period: 2007–2010

Recent publications

Mo J, McDougall S, Beaumont S, Stevens MM, Munro S and Stevens M (2018) Effects of simulated seedling defoliation on growth and yield of cotton in southern New South Wales. Crop and Pasture Science69: 915–925.

Stevens MM, Faulder RJ, Mo J, Mudford EM and Morris SG (2017) Attraction of Parastethorus nigripes and other insect species to methyl salicylate and (Z)-3-hexenyl acetate dispensers in a citrus grove and vineyard in south-eastern Australia. Phytoparasitica 45: 639–649.

Stevens MM, Mo J, Warren GN and Doran GS (2016) Evaluation of potential biocides for the control of earthworm Eukerria saltensis (Oligochaeta: Ocnerodrilidae), a pest of rice in southern Australia. Crop Protection 84: 159–167.

Mo J, Dominiak BC, Stevens MM and Reynolds OL (2014) Pest behaviour insights from quarantine surveillance of male Queensland fruit fly, Bactrocera tryoni (Froggatt) (Diptera: Tephritidae). Crop Protection 62: 55–63.

Mo J and Stevens MM (2014) Emergence patterns of adult citrus gall wasp, Bruchophagus fellis (Hymenoptera: Eurytomidae) and its key parasitoids in southern Australia. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology 17: 311–317.

Stevens MM, Doran G and Mo J (2014) Efficacy and environmental fate of copper sulphate applied to Australian rice fields for control of the aquatic snail Isidorella newcombi. Crop Protection 63: 48–56.

Mo J and Stevens MM (2013) Vertical and horizontal movements of Fuller’s rose weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Australian citrus groves. Entomological Science 16: 26–33.

Liu DL, Yang Y, Mo J and Scott BJ (2011) Simulation of maintenance respiration in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). World Journal of Agricultural Sciences 7: 777–784.

Liu DL, Timbal B, Mo J and Fairweather H (2011) A GIS-based climate change adaptation strategy tool. International Journal of Climate Change and Management 3: 140–155

Stevens MM, Warren GN, Mo J and Schlipalius DI (2011) Maintaining DNA quality in stored-grain beetles caught in Lindgren funnel traps. Journal of Stored Products Research 47: 69–75.

Stevens MM, Stanton RA, Wu H, Sampson B, Weir TA, Reid CAM and Mo J (2010) Detection of Lema bilineata Germar (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in Australia. General and Applied Entomology 39: 1–3.

Stevens MM, Mo J and Gillespie PS (2010) Thrips (Thysanoptera) associated with rice crops in the Murrumbidgee irrigation area, New South Wales. General and Applied Entomology 39: 15–18.

Mo J, Stevens M, Liu DL and Herron GA (2009) Investigating the effect of invasion characteristics on onion thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) populations in onions with a temperature-driven process model. Environmental Entomology 38: 1575–1584.

Mo J, Munro S, Boulton A and Stevens M (2008) Within-plant distribution of onion thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in onions. Journal of Economic Entomology 104: 1331–1336.

Herron GA, James TM, Rophail J and Mo J (2008) Australian populations of onion thrips, Thrips tabaci Lindeman (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), are resistant to some insecticides used for their control. Australian Journal of Entomology 47 (Part 4): 361–364.

Stevens MJ, Reinke RF, Coombes NE, Helliwell S and Mo J (2008) Influence of imidacloprid seed treatments on rice germination and early seedling growth. Pest Management Science, 64: 215–222.

Stevens MJ, McDonald F, Warren GN and Mo J (2008) Pentatomidae (Hemiptera) associated with rice crops in south eastern Australia. General and Applied Entomology 37: 1–5.

Mo J, Glover M, Munro S and Beattie GAC (2006) Development of Epiphyas postvittana (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) on leaves and fruit of orange trees. Journal of Economic Entomology, 99: 1321–1326.

Mo J, Glover M, Munro S and Beattie GAC (2006) Evaluation of mating disruption for control of light brown apple moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in citrus. Journal of Economic Entomology, 99: 421–426.

Rahat S, Gurr GM, Wratten SD, Mo J and Neeson R (2005). Effects of plant nectars on adult longevity of the stinkbug parasitoid, Trissolcus basalis. International Journal of Pest Management 51: 321–324.

Mo J and Baker G (2004) Evaluation of sequential presence-absence sampling plans for the diamondback moth (Plutellidae: Lepidoptera) in cruciferous crops in Australia. Journal of Economic Entomology97: 1118–1125.

Mo J, Baker G, Keller M and Roush R (2003) Local dispersal of the diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella (L.)) (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae). Environmental Entomology32: 71–79.

Mo J and Philpot K (2003) Large-scale field trials of imidacloprid for control of the spined citrus bug, Biprorulus bibax Breddin (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). HortScience38: 555–559.

Mo J, Trevino M and Palmer WA (2000) Establishment and distribution of rubber vine moth, Euclasta whalleyi Popescu-Gorj and Constantinescu (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), following its release in Australia. Australian Journal of Entomology 39: 344–350.

Professional associations and activities

  • Australian Entomological Society, Modeling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ)
  • International Society for Horticultural Science.

Fields of research

  • 070308 Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
  • 070603 Horticultural Crop Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
  • 060207 Population Ecology

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Citrus and vegetable entomology
  • Insect ecology
  • Integrated pest management

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