Researcher biography

Mani Mua, born in Rotuma Island – Fiji, is a former employee of the Pacific Community (SPC,, who specializes in sustainable plant health and seed systems. He championed the plant health clinics (PHC) program in the Pacific Islands through awareness and promotion, including support for innovative digital technology applications, as part of an Australia Aid project (HORT:2016-185; in collaboration with University of Queensland. His is a moderator for PestNet ( and member of the approval committee for the participant guarantee system (PGS) of the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom,, and also a supporting member of the advisory team for Fiji Rotuma Association (FRA) towards Rotuma Island Development. Mani is an alumnus of the University of the South Pacific (USP) and is currently a John Allwright Fellow (JAF) of the Australia Awards, pursuing a higher degree by research (HDR) program at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia. His current research is related to sustainable adoption of the integrated pest management (IPM) strategy, by farmers in the Pacific Islands, specifically on Diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella L.) damage on Brassica crops.