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Botany

Name

Prof. W.A.M. Daundasekera

Professor in Botany

B.Sc. (Perad.), Ph.D. (Cranfield, UK)

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About Me

Graduated from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1993, obtained B.Sc. Special degree with a First Class Honours, and joined the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science of the same university as a Probationary Lecturer in June 1994. Having secured an Asian Development Bank-funded Scholarship, I proceeded to Ph.D. degree at the Cranfield University, UK in 1999. Having awarded the Ph.D. in the field of Postharvest Pathology, joined Peradeniya University as a Senior Lecturer in 2003. Promoted to the post of Professor in Botany in 2018. Served as a Visiting Lecturer at the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences at University of Peradeniya,  Faculty of Applied Sciences at Rajarata University of Sri Lanka and at the Postgraduate Institute of Science. Served as the Secretary, Chairperson or a member of University and national level committees in the field of Plant Sciences. Authored about 18 peer reviewed journal publications and more than 30 conference papers and have been awarded a Presidential Award for Scientific Research in 2010. My areas of research interest are postharvest physiology/pathology of tropical fruits and vegetables, postharvest technology of cut flowers and decorative foliage, defense mechanisms in tropical plants against pathogens.

Positions Held

Treasurer, Botanical Society, University of Peradeniya - (2016 - 2018)

Chairperson, Board of Study in Plant Sciences, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya - (2016 September – 2017 April)

Secretary, Science Teachers’ Association, University of Peradeniya - (2010)

Coordinator, QEF/IRQUE Project Science Study Programme Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya - (2009-2010)

Deputy Coordinator, QEF/IRQUE Project Science Study Programme, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya - (2008-2009)

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Programme Coordinator, M.Sc. Programme in Postharvest Technology of Fruits and Vegetables, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya - (2008-2009)

Treasurer, Sri Lanka Association for Mycology and Plant Pathology - (2007 todate)

Programme Co-coordinator, M.Sc. Programme in Postharvest Technology of Fruits and Vegetables, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya - (2004 – 2005)

Academic Sub warden, Sangamiththa Hall of residence, University of Peradeniya - (1994)

Chairperson, Curriculum Revision Committee, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya - (2020)

Ongoing Research and Projects

Disease diagnosis, pathogen diversity and modes of genetic resistance of fungal born blast and blight diseases in major cereals of Sri Lanka

Effect of soil amendment with silicon on preharvest fungal disease and postharvest quality of bitter gourd

Effectiveness of the use of potassium silicate as an alternative to chemical control of fungal diseases is tested. The mechanisms underlying the disease resistance induced by silicon are also investigated.

Efficacy of soluble silicon in inducing disease resistance against postharvest fungal pathogens in banana

Effect of postharvest application of liquid silicon in controlling anthracnose and crown rot diseases on banana fruit is investigated.

Memberships & Awards

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Presidential Award for Scientific Research - 2003

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ADB-sponsored scholarship for a Split-PhD programme granted by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Sri Lanka, under the Science and Technology Personnel Development Project – 1999

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M.D. Dassanayake Gold Medal for Botany -1993

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University of Peradeniya Scholarship – 1993

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Sub-committee on Civil Works, IRQUE Project, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya 2006-2008

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Sub-committee on Strengthening of Soft Skills of students, Higher Education for the Twenty First Century (HETC) Project, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya 2010 – 2013

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Board of Study in Plant Sciences, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya 2008 – 2017

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Coordinating Committee, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya 2008 – 2014; 2016 – 2017

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Board of Management, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya October 2016 to April 2017

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University of Peradeniya Science Alumni Association

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Alumni Association, Cranfield University, UK

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Life Member, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science

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Sri Lanka Association for Mycology and Plant Pathology 2007 to date

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Associate Member, Sri Lanka National Institute of Professional Counselors 2019

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Certificate of Commendation for Agriculture and Food Research : National Science Foundation 2019