Dr. (Mrs.) Nalika Priyanwada Ranathunge

BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Plant Pathology
Dept of Agriculture Biology
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka


Phone

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+94 41 229 2200 / +94 71 868 0678(mobile)

Fax

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+94 41 229 2385

E-mail

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nalika@agbio.ruh.ac.lk / priyanwada73@yahoo.com

FULL NAME

Nalika Priyanwada Ranathunge

 

PERSONAL

Married

 

NATIONALITY

Sri Lankan

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

  • PhD Molecular Plant Pathology, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2009.

  • MSc in Biotechnology, University of Peradeniya, 2002

  • BSc in Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, 1999

AWARDS

  • R.W.S. Nicholas Agricultural Science Scholarship, the University of Melbourne.2007 and 2006.

  • Postgraduate Overseas Research Experience Scholarship, the University of Melbourne. 2007.

  • Mary Solanace Traveling Scholarship, the University of Melbourne. 2006.

  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, the University of Melbourne. 2005.

  • Melbourne International Research Scholarship, the University of Melbourne. 2005.

  • A.W.R. Joachim Memorial Prize. University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. 2002.

  • A.D.B Scholarship for Master of Science in Biotechnology. Postgraduate Institute of agriculture, Sri Lanka. 2000.

 

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

 

Ranathunge, N. P., Ford, R. and Taylor, P.W.J. (2010) Infection process and disease cycle of Colletotrichum capsici on chilli pepper (Capsicum spp.) Plant Disease (in press) .

 

Ranathunge, N. P., Ford, R. and Taylor, P.W.J. (2010) Population genetic analysis of Colletotrichum capsici infecting chilli pepper in six geographical regions within Australasia (in press).

 

Ranathunge, N. P., Ford, R. and Taylor, P.W.J. (2009) Development and application of sequence-tagged microsatellite site (STMS) markers to detect genetic diversity within Colletotrichum capsici, a causal agent of chilli pepper anthracnose disease. Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 1175-1179.

 

Ranathunge, N. P., Ford, R. and Taylor, P.W.J. (2008) Pathogenicity of Colletotrichum capsici on Capsicum annuum at different growth stages proceedings of the International Conference on Biotic Plant Interactions, Queensland Bioscience Precinct in Brisbane, Australia, 27-29th March 2008.

 

Ranathunge, N. P., Ford, R. and Taylor, P.W.J. (2006) Infection of chilli pepper (Capsicum annuum) plants by Colletotrichum capsici at early stages of growth. Proceedings of the 8th International Mycology Congress, 21-25 August, 2006, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

 

Ranathunge, N.P., Ford, R. and Taylor, P.W.J. (2007) Development and optimization of a microsatellite marker library for Colletotrichum capsici, a major causal agent of anthracnose disease in chilli pepper. Proceedings of the first International Symposium on Chilli Anthracnose, Hoam Faculty House, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 17-19th March, 2007.

 

Ranathunge, N.P., Ford, R. and Taylor, P.W.J. (2006) Differential infection processes of two pathotypes of Colletotrichum capsici on resistant and susceptible chilli genotypes (Capsicum spp.). Faculty of Land and Food Resources, University of Melbourne, Proceedings of the Annual Postgraduate Conference, 8th-9th November, 2006.

 

Ranathunge, G. N. P., Bandara, D C. and Premathilake, D. (2000) Callusing responses and plant regeneration capacity of Capsicum varieties. Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. Proceedings of the Annual Session - 56 (27 November - 01 December, 2000).

 

Biological control approaches for postharvest pathogens