Department of Plant Sciences

Staff

Dr. D.M.D. Disanayake
Senior Lecturer/Head, Department of Plant Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
P: +94 25 2221611(Office)
F: +94 25 2221610
E: dharmasirid@yahoo.com

Research Interests

  • Agronomy
  • Rice Production Technology
  • Hybrid Rice Beeding
  • Nutrient Management of Field Crops
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Mushroom Cultivation
Prof.(Ms) P.A. Weerasinghe
Senior Professor in Plant Sciences, Department of Plant Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
P: +94 25 222 1611
F: +94 25 222 1610
E: aruni500@yahoo.com

Research Interests

  • Biotechnology
  • Plant Tissue Culture
  • Hybrid Rice Beeding
  • Plant Physiology
Dr. (Ms) D.A.U.D. Devasinghe
Senior Lecturer Department of Plant Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
P: +94 25 222 1611
F: +94 25 222 1610
E: udenidevasinghe@yahoo.com

Research Interests

  • Agronomy
  • Horticulture
  • Fruit Crop Production
  • Field Crops
  • Protected agriculture
Dr. W.C.P. Egodawatte
Senior Lecturer Department of Plant Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
P: +94 25 222 1611
F: +94 25 222 1610
E: egowcp@gmail.com

Research Interests

  • Tropical Agronomy
  • Crop Physiology
  • Abiotic Stress Management
  • Agro-ecology
Dr. L.K.W. Wijayaratne
Senior Lecturer Department of Plant Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
P: +94 25 222 1611
F: +94 25 222 1610
E: wollylk@yahoo.com

Research Interests

  • Stored-product insect pest management using biorational methods
  • Pheromone biology
  • Insect Endocrinology
Mr. M.C.M. Zakeel
Senior Lecturer (on study leave) ,Department of Plant Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
P: -
F: -
E: zakeelag48@yahoo.com

Research Interests

  • Unraveling host-microbes interactions
  • PMetagenomics of bacterial and fungal endophytes
  • Discovery and analysis of endogenous viral elements (EVRs) in economically important plants, and their role in polymorphism
  • Bulk Segregant Analysis (BSA) and GenomeWide Association Studies (GWAS) of ultrahighthoughput sequencing data
  • Epidemiology of plant diseases (spatio-temporal analysis)
  • In silico dentification of non-coding RNA molecules
  • Plant biotechnological applications
  • Microbial production of essential amino acids
  • Association of phytoplasmas with plant diseases
  • Diversity of culturable endophutes and their putative roles in agroecosystems
  • Management of plant diseases using biological control agents
  • Differential gene expression analysis using RNAseq analysis platform
  • discovery and development of semisynthetic antibiotics
Mr. T.A.B.D. Sanjeewa
Senior Lecturer in Weed Science, Department of Plant Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
P: +94 25 2221611
F: +94 25 2221610
E: tabsanjeewa@gmail.com

Research Interests

  • Weed Science
  • Vegetable Crop Production
  • Crop Physiology
  • Organic and Biodynamic Farming
  • Crop Ecology
  • Medicinal Plants
Dr. U.G.A.I. Sirisena
Senior Lecturer Department of Plant Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
P:+94 25 222 1611
F: +94 25 2221610
E: anuraindra@gmail.com

Research Interests

  • Entomology
  • Management of Pest & Diseases of Crops
  • Apiculture
Mrs. Rasika Warnasooriya
Senior Lecturer, Department of Plant Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
P:+94 25 222 1611
F: +94 25 2221611
E: wmrsanjee@gmail.com

Research Interests

  • Impact of climate change, climate change adaptation/mitigation strategies, C sequestration and stress physiology of plantation and forestry
  • Innovations in tea processing and investigations on the health properties of tea
Dinum Herath
Senior Lecturer, Department of Plant Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
P:+64224681469
F: +94 25 222 1610
E: dinumherath@yahoo.com

Research Interests

  • Plant Molecular Genetics
  • Gene editing using CRISPR/Cas09
Mrs. K.R.E. Padmathilaka
Lecturer (On study leave) Department of Plant Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
P: -
F: -
E: rasaniep@gmail.com

Research Interests

  • Plant Physiology
  • Crop Physiology
  • Genetics and Plant Breeding
  • Plant Systematics
Dr. Nalaka Geekiyanage
Senior Lecturer Department of Plant Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
P: +94 25 222 1611
F: +94 25 222 1610
E: nalakagee*at*gmail.com

Research Interests

  • Plant Functional Ecology
  • Plant Ecophysiology
  • Karst Plant Ecology
  • Restoration Ecology
Ms. T.D.C. Priyadarshani
Lecturer Department of Plant Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
P: +94 25 2221611(Office)
F: +94 25 2221610(Office)
E: cpchamarika@gmail.com

Research Interests

  • Plant Protection
  • Plant Pathology
Ms. Darshani Wijayawardhane
Lecturer (Probationary) Department of Plant Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
P: 0094 252 221 611/ 0094 717 186 541
F: 0094 252 221 611
E: dwdarshani@yahoo.com

Research Interests

  • Flowering physiology
  • Plant biodiversity
  • Plant stress physiology
  • Ornamental horticulture
  • Post harvest physiology of cut flowers and foliage
  • Genomics of ornamental plants