Dr. Mandira Katuwal Bhattarai

Mandira photoMandira received her BSc. Agriculture and M.Sc. Agricultural Entomology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2005-2012).

She joined the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Nepal as a gazetted III, Plant Protection Officer in 2010. She mainly worked on extending the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) knowledge to the farmers, technicians and other enthusiasts. She is a licensed pesticide inspector and plant doctor in Nepal. She received her PhD degree from Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, China (2014-2018). Her research was focused on screening of entomopathogenic fungi for their use as biological control agents and studying host`s enzymatic responses.

In the Gemmell Lab, Mandira will be working on Genetic Control of Insect Pests. She is supervised by professor Neil Gemmell and co-supervised by Dr. Craig Philips from AgResearch.



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Katuwal Bhattarai, M., Bhattarai, U.R., Masoudi, A., Feng J.N., Wang, D.(2018). Pathogenicity and virulence of the entomopathogenic fungi depend on selective suppression of anti-oxidative and detoxification enzymes in Tenebrio molitor (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) larvae. Biochemical and cellular archives Vol. 18. No. 1. pp 861-874.

Katuwal Bhattarai, M., Bhattarai, U.R., Feng, J. and Wang, D. (2018). Effect of different light spectrum in Helicoverpa armigera larvae during HearNPV induced tree-top disease. Insects. 9(4), 183; (DOI: 10.3390/insects9040183).

Bhattarai, U.R., Katuwal Bhattarai, M., Li, F., Wang, D. (2018). Insights into the temporal gene expression pattern in Lymantria dispar larvae during the baculovirus induced hyperactive stage. Virologica Sinica. (DOI: 10.1007/s12250-018-0046-x).

Bhattarai, U.R., Li, F., Katuwal Bhattarai, M., Masoudi, A., Wang, D. (2018). Phototransduction and circadian entrainment are the key pathways in signaling mechanism for the baculovirus induced tree-top disease in lepidopteran larvae. Scientific reports. 8 (1). (DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-35885-4)

Kafle, L. N., GC, Y.D., Yang, J.T., Bhattarai, S. Tiwari, S. Katuwal, M.(2014). Integrated pest management in Nepal. The fifth International Conference of Clinical Plant Science. NPUST. pp 113-125.

Katuwal, M., Kafle, L.N., Mandal, C.K., GC, Y.D. and Tiwari, S. (2012). The efficacy of biorational compounds against the Diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.) (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) in Nepal. Formosan Entomology. Vol. 32. Page 289-296.

Katuwal, M. and GC, Y.D. (2012) Study on the incidence of late blight of potato and its management through organic approach. Journal of Plant Protection, Plant Protection Society of Nepal, Vol. 3. Page 120-128.

Y.D GC and Katuwal, M. (2012). Linking farmers field school (FFS) towards organic agriculture: A case study of Jyapu ethnic community in Bhaktapur district, Nepal. Journal of Plant Protection, Plant Protection Society of Nepal, Vol. 3. Page 136-147.