Research

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Faculty Research Grants

Year: 2021

No.
Principle Investigator
Co-Investigators
Department
Title of the project
1
Prof. S.R. Weerakoon
Dr. S.A. Chandrika N. Perera, UoP
Botany
Molecular and Agro-morphological characterization and molecular screening for bacterial wilt in brinjal (Solanum melongena) varieties cultivated in Sri Lanka
2
Dr. H.B.P. Sandani
Prof. H.L.D. Weerahewa
Botany
Preliminary study on the potential of biological control of tomato anthracnose using native bioagents

3
Dr. K.H. Jayawardena
Dr. C. Ranasinghe

Prof. G.M.K.B. Gunaherath

Zoology
Investigation on the expression of proteins and/or cytokines during cell migration assay conducted with wound healing active medical plant extracts and chemical constituents using Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cells
4
Dr. C.D. Jayasinghe
Dr. T.S.P. Fernando

Dr. U.A. Jayawardena

Zoology
Eco-immunological investigation of mite?induced responses in Red-vented bulbul (Pycnonotuscafer) in semi-urban environment

5
Dr. D.D.G.L. Dahanayake
-
Zoology
Development of integrated coastal and marine spatial planning (MSP) for Sri Lanka

6
Dr. N.U.S. Yapa
Prof. G.K.R. Senadheera
Physics
Synthesis and characterization of conducting polymer films for applications in smart windows

7
Dr. Prasad Senadheera
-
Botany
Genome-wide association mapping to discover quantitative trait loci / genes that confex salt tolerance in rice at the reproductive stage in Sri Lankan rice diversity panel

Year: 2020

No.
Principle Investigator
Co-Investigators
Department
Title of the project
1
Dr. U.K.G.K. Padmalal
Mr. T.S.P. Fernando
Zoology
The aspects of behavioural response of Red Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus) in different environmental conditions: urban, semi-urban and natural
2
Dr. N. Karthikeyan
Prof. S.R. Weerakoon
Physics
Growth and yield performances of rice under SMART - Nano Micronutrient fertilizers: A case study of Nano-CuO, Nano-MnO and Nano-ZnO
3
Dr. H.L.D. Weerahewa
-
Botany
The investigation on effect of partially burnt rice hull on growth of immature rubber plants, soil properties and the cost effectiveness of the application
4
Dr. A.K.L.A. Wijenayake
Dr. H.L.D. Weerahewa
Chemistry
Rice-hull mediated preparation of Si nanoparticles as a novel nano-fertilizer for Oryza sativa (rice): From 'Waste' to 'Sustainable Agronomy'
5
Dr. K.O.L.C. Karunanayake
Dr. W.H.M.A.T. Herath
Botany
Morphological and molecular identification of foliar disease-causing fungal agent of rubber Hevea brasiliensis; with special emphasis on identifying the newly recorded foliar disease causing agent
6
Dr. M.G.Y.L. Mahagamage
Dr. AmilaAbeynayake

Prof. M.M. Pathmalal

CESSD
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs), heavy metals and microplastics in surface water of the Kelani River basin, Sri Lanka
8
Dr. N. Nilakarawasam
-
Zoology
DNA barcoding of selected anti-hypercholesterolemic plants of family Euphorbeaceae

Year: 2019

No.
Principle Investigator
Co-Investigators
Department
Title of the project
1
Mr. T.S.P. Fernando
Prof. G.R.R. Ranawake

Prof. M. Wijesinghe, UoC

Zoology
Elucidating evolutionary affinities of Rattus species in Sri Lanka and their reservoir host potential with respect to pathogens
2
Prof. S.R. Weerakoon
-
Botany
Development of a diversity panel (core collection) of traditional rice accessions/varieties for association mapping of traits important to drought and salinity tolerance
3
Dr. D.D.G.L. Dahanayake
Prof. D.S. Jayakody, Retired Professor, Wayamba UoSL
Zoology
Survey of fishing gear and crafts of Sri Lanka

4
Dr. S.A.D.P. Senadheera
Dr. T.K. Weerasinghe
Botany
Renovation and relocation of the control-environment plant house facility in the Department of Botany to enhance the quality and quantity of plant science research
5
Mr. D.R. Kulatunge
Dr. W.V.J. Perera

Dr. S.A.D.P. Senadheera

Ms. P.P.D.C. Perera

Chemistry
Chemical characterization of bioactive compounds that repels exo-parasitic insects in canine from the Curcuma longa L.
6
Dr. Lahiru Wijenayaka
-
Chemistry
Curcumin anchored Nano-ZnO: A novel composite nanomaterial with synergistically enhanced photocatalytic and antimicrobial activity
7
Dr. D.D.D.H. Alwis
-
Chemistry
Carotenoid analysis, phytochemical screening and Proximate analysis of Clausena Indica (MeegonKarapincha)
8
Dr. N. Nilakarawasam
-
Zoology
DNA barcoding of selected anti-hypercholesterolemic plants of family Euphorbeaceae

Year: 2018

No.
Principle Investigator
Co-Investigators
Department
Title of the project
1
Prof. S.R. Weerakoon
-
Botany
Biological responses and Expression of plant genes of Sri Lankan Rice (Oryza sativa L.) varieties to different rhythmic sound patterns (Music and religious chants)
2
Dr. C. Ranasinghe
-
Chemistry
Antioxidant activity of hypocholesterolemic Euphorbiaceous species and characterization of compounds isolated from hypocholesterolemic fractions of Phyllanthus maderaspatensis
3
Dr. K.O.L.C. Karunanayake
Dr. L.K.R.R. Jayakody

Ms. Y.A.S. Samithri

Botany
In-cooperation of selected essential oils into bio-safe fruit coatings to control anthracnose and enhance postharvest quality of mango fruit cv. Willard
4
Dr. S. Somaratne
Dr. N. Karthikeyan
Botany and Physics
Growth and yield performances of rice under treatment of nano-fertilizer-micronutrients: A case study of nano-ZnO
6
Dr. W.V.J. Perera
Mr. D.R. Kulatunge

Dr. P. Senadheera

Ms. P.P.D.C. Perera

Zoology
Identification of bioactive compounds that repels exo-parasitic insects in canine from the Curcuma longa L.
7
Ms. K.C. Weerakoon
-
Zoology
Distribution patterns and probable origins of coliform bacteria and faecal Streptococci in Rawan Oya tributary
8
Dr. NeethaPunchihewa
-
Zoology
Investigation of species diversity and abundance of juvenile fish population in the Chilaw Lagoon
9
Dr. Nayana Nilakarawasam
Dr. U. Jayawardena
Zoology
Investigation of immunomodulatory and other bio-active properties of young shoots of Bambusa vulgaris
10
Dr. D.D.G.L. Dahanayake
-
Zoology
A Comprehensive assessment of the tilapias and indigenous fish species diversity and their food niche segregation in reservoirs and riverine habitats of Kala Oya river basin, Sri Lanka
11
Dr. U.K.G.K. Padmalal
-
Zoology
Ecosystem based management for the effective conservation of Sri Lankan elephant (Elepas maximus maxmus.) in Maduru Oya national park, Sri Lanka

Year: 2017

No.
Principle Investigator
Co-Investigators
Department
Title of the project
1
Dr. G.K.R. Senadheera
-
Physics
Synthesis and characterization of novel polymer electrolytes with possible applications in electrochemical devices such as rechargeable batteries and solar cells
2
Ms. K.C. Weerakoon
-
Zoology
Analysis of abiotics, biotics and ecology of Rawan Oya at Polgolla, Sri Lanka
3
Dr. S.R. Hettiarachchi
-
Chemistry
Study on seasonal variation of heavy metals and related physio chemical parameters in water and sediments of Kattakaduwa Reservoir
4
Prof. S.R. Weerakoon
Dr. S. Somaratna
Botany
Delimitation of wild Oryza species complexes in Sri Lanka: A morphological, anatomical and molecular Approach
5
Dr. U.K.G.K. Padmalal
-
Zoology
Ecosystem based management for the effective conservation of Sri Lankan elephant (Elepas maximus maxmus.) in Maduru Oya national park, Sri Lanka
6
Dr. K.A.J.M. Kuruppuarachchi
-
Botany
Floristic composition and plant carbon sequestration of cemetery, roadside and park trees of Sri Jayawardenepuramunicipal council area and adjacent Colombo city limits
7
Dr. H.L.D. Weerahewa
Botany
Novel frying strategies to reduce the oil content in some popular Sri Lankan snack foods
8
Mrs. K.I.C. Amarasinghe
Dr. L.K.R.R. Jayakody

Prof. C.S. de Silva

Botany Agriculture Eng.
Impact of induced temperature and water stress due to global warming on vegetable and reproductive characters of selected tissue-cultured crop plants
9
Dr. Uthpala Jayawardena
Ms. C.D. Jayasinghe

Prof. Preethi Udagama

Prof. C.S. de Silva

Zoology
Cytogenotoxic evaluation of drinking water from disease endemic areas of the chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) in the Anuradhapura district
10
Dr. D.D.G.L. Dahanayake
-
Zoology
A Comprehensive assessment of the tilapias and indigenous fish species diversity and their food niche segregation in reservoirs and riverine habitats of Kala Oya river basin, Sri Lanka
11
Prof. G.W.A.R. Fernando
-
Physics
Pressure-Temperature-Time (P-T-t) and fluid evolution of calc Sslicate rocks in the southern and southwestern highland complex of Sri Lanka

12
Prof. V.P.S. Perera
Prof. J.C.N. Rajendra
Physics
Fabrication of rechargeable battery using Na2MnSio4: Cathode made of earth abundant non-toxic elements

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