Dr (Mrs) ND Niluka Priyadarshani

BSc Agric, M Phil (Crop Science), PhD (Climate Change and Crop Physiology)

Senior Lecturer
Dept of Crop Science
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Phone

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+94(0) 41 229 2200

Fax

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+94(0) 41 229 2384

E-mail

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nilukanakandala@gmail.com

niluka@crop.ruh.ac.lk

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PERSONAL PROFILE

FULL NAME

NAKANDALAGE DONA NILUKA PRIYADARSHANI

 

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

    PhD (Climate Change and Crop Physiology), University of Melbourne, Australia

    M Phil (Crop Science), University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

    BSc (Agriculture) – First class, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

 

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Research Resource Support for Research Higher Degree (RHD) students, University of Melbourne -2014

  • Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS)-2014

  • Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS)-2014

  • Professor YDA Senanayake Gold Medal for the most outstanding graduate in Crop Science (2006)

 

Research Interests

  • Biofortification of Food Crops

  • Plant Stress Physiology

  • Plant Nutrition

  • Underutilized Crops

  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

 

RESEARCH PAPERS/ ABSTRACTS PUBLISHED IN PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS AND IN CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

 

Niluka Nakandalage, and Saman Seneweera (2018). "Micronutrients use efficiency of crop-plants under changing climate," in Plant Micronutrient Use efficiency - Molecular and Genomic Perspectives in Crop Plants, eds. M.A. Hossain, T. Kamiya, D.J. Burritt, L.S.P. Tran and T. Fujiwara. Elsevier, 209-224.

 

Nakandalage, N., Nicolas, M.E., Norton, R.M., Hirotsu, N., Milham, P.J., and Seneweera, S. (2016). Improving Rice Zinc Biofortification Success Rates Through Genetic and Crop Management Approaches in a Changing Environment. Frontiers in Plant Science 7, 1-13.

 

Niluka Nakandalage, MA De Silva, HIGK Anuruddi, HLI Priyadarshani, HKMS Kumarasinghe and S Subasinghe (2019), Morphological characterization of terminalia chebla (aralu) and their propagation techniques, 5th International symposium on Minor Fruits, Medicinal and Aromatic plants 2019, Institute for Agro-Technology and Rural sciences, Sri Lanka

 

Niluka Nakandalage and R H G B Prabashini (2019), Underutilized crops as a source for future food and nutrient security, 5th International symposium on Minor Fruits, Medicinal and Aromatic plants 2019, Institute for Agro-Technology and Rural sciences, Sri Lanka

 

K.G.K.M. Wickramasinghe and Niluka Nakandalage, (2019), Review on Bioactive Components and Pharmacological Actions of Gnidia glauca (Nahapatta), 5th International symposium on Minor Fruits, Medicinal and Aromatic plants 2019, Institute for Agro-Technology and Rural sciences, Sri Lanka

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N., Amarasinghe M.K.T.K., Subasinghe S., Palihakkara I.R. and Kumarasinghe H.K.M.S (2013), Production Potential of Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides L.) as Affected by Different Planting Methods and Spacings, Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Minor Fruits and Medicinal Plants, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, ISBN 978-955-1507-31-2, pp. 212-218.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N., Subasinghe S and Kumarasinghe H.K.M.S.(2013) Selection of Favorable Exogenous Factors on Adventitious Root Formation in Kollankola (Pogostemon heyneanus) cuttings, Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Minor Fruits and Medicinal Plants, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, ISBN 978-955-1507-31-2, pp. 229-234.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N. and Kumarasinghe H.K.M.S (2013) Effect of Different Seed Treatments and Growing Media on Cleistanthus collinus Roxb. (Gaja Madara). Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Minor Fruits and Medicinal Plants, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, ISBN 978-955-1507-31-2, pp. 219-224.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N., Amarasinghe M.K.T.K., Subasinghe S., Palihakkara I.R. and Kumarasinghe H.K.M.S (2013), Effect of organic and inorganic fertilizers on biomass production, oil yield and quality of Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides L.) The Journal of Agricultural Sciences, published by the faculty of Agricultural sciences of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. ISSN 1391-9318, pp. 28-35.

 

Pradeepika N.G.J and Priyadarshani, N.D.N. (2013). Influence of different seed treatments and nursery media on germination of Eclipta prostrata seeds, Proceedings of the tenth Academic sessions, University of Ruhuna, 20th March 2013. pp. 80-81

 

Nisansala BHC, Arunakumara KKIU and Priyadarshani N.D.N. (2012). Germination and seedling growth responses of Ipomea aquatica at varying concentrations of Co 2+ and Cu2+, Proceedings of the International symposium on Agriculture and Environment Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, pp. 98-100.

 

Priyadarshani, N.D.N. (2012) Seed germination of Kiribadu (Ipomoea mauritiana) as influenced by soaking time and sowing media, Proceedings of the Jaffna University International Research Conference, University of Jaffna, 20th -21st July 2012. P. 19.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N., Kumarasinghe H. K. M. S and Subasinghe S (2012) Studies on rooting of Kollankola (Pogostemon heyneanus Benth) as affected by potting media, cutting types and a rooting hormone, Proceedings of the Jaffna University International Research Conference, University of Jaffna, 20th -21st July 2012. P. 20.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N., Amarasinghe M.K.T.K., Subasinghe S., Palihakkara I.R. and Kumarasinghe H.K.M.S. (2012). Effect of application of different fertilizers on growth, yield and quality of Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides), Proceedings of the Sri Lanka-India Conference on Agro Biotechnology for Sustainable Development, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 12th -13th March 2012, p. 58.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N., Amarasinghe M.K.T.K., Subasinghe S., Palihakkara I.R. and Kumarasinghe H.K.M.S. (2011). Growth, yield and chemical composition of Vetiver as affected by application of different compost mixtures. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Agriculture and environment, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, 09th November 2011, p. 131.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N., Amarasinghe M.K.T.K., Subasinghe S., Palihakkara I.R. and Kumarasinghe H.K.M.S. (2011), Effect of simulated water stress on biomass production, oil yield and quality of Vetiver, Proceedings of the International Conference on Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, 20th December 2011, pp. 70-77.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N., Amarasinghe M.K.T.K., Subasinghe S., Palihakkara I.R. and Kumarasinghe H.K.M.S (2011), Selection of the most suitable pot height and harvesting stage for higher growth, yield and oil quality of Vetiver. Sri Lanka Journal of Indigenous Medicine (SLJIM), Peer reviewed research publication of the Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka, pp. 70-76.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N., Amarasinghe M.K.T.K., Subasinghe S., Palihakkara I.R. and Kumarasinghe H.K.M.S (2010). The effect of different potting mixtures on plant growth, yield and oil quality of Vetiver. Tropical Agricultural Research & Extension 13(4), pp. 109-110.

 

Arunakumara K.K.I.U. and Priyadarshani N.D.N. (2010). The effectiveness of pre-soaking and alternative wetting and drying on germination of Pterocarpus marsupium seeds. Proceedings of the International Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, 16th November 2010, p. 06.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N., Amarasinghe M.K.T.K., Subasinghe S., Palihakkara I.R. and Kumarasinghe H.K.M.S. (2009). The effect of different potting mixtures on plant growth, yield and oil quality of Vetiver. Proceedings of the Second National Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, 10th September 2009, p.16.

 

Lakmini W.G.D., Palihakkara I.R., Priyadarshani N.D.N. and Senevirathna G.S.S (2009). Effect of drought stress on morphological characters of four tree species at seedling stage, Proceedings of the 6th Academic session, University of Ruhuna, 26th March 2009, pp. 288-293.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N. and Subasinghe S. (2008). Studies on growth, yield and chemical composition of Amukkara as affected by species and method of field establishment. Proceedings of the 5th Academic session, University of Ruhuna, 5th March 2008, pp. 162-171.

 

Arunakumara K.K.I.U., Priyadarshani N.D.N., Walpola B.C. and Subasinghe S. (2008). Present status of the Tsunami affected home gardens: A case study at Madiha in Matara District, Southern Sri Lanka, Proceedings of the 13th International Forestry and Environmental Symposium, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, 27th -28th December 2008, p. 02.

 

Palihakkara I.R. and Priyadarshani N.D.N., (2008). Studies on the association of wild orchid (Dendrobium spp) with different types of agro-forestry tree species, Proceedings of the 13th International Forestry and Environmental Symposium, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, 27th -28th December 2008, p. 59.

 

Amarasinghe M.K.T.K., Priyadarshani N.D.N., Kumarasinghe H.K.M.S. and Wijethunga S. (2008). Effect of application of organic liquid fertilizers on growth and yield performances of curry chili (Capsicum annuum), Proceedings of the 13th International Forestry and Environmental Symposium, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, 27th -28th December 2008, p. 81.

 

Amarasinghe M.K.T.K., Priyadarshani N.D.N., Subasinghe S., Kumarasinghe H.K.M.S. and Palihakkara I.R. (2008). Evaluation of growth and yield performances of Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) under hydroponic system, Proceedings of the 64th annual sessions of SLAAS. Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1st -6th December 2008, p.239.

 

Fernando, K. M. C and Priyadarshani, N. D. N (2008). Ex-situ conservation of Bird’s nest anthurium (Anthurium hookari), Proceedings of the 64th annual sessions of SLAAS. Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1st -6th December 2008, p.265.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N. and Fernando K.M.C. (2008). Effect of different seed treatments on germination of Ipomoea mauritiana (Kiribadu) seeds, Proceedings of the First National Symposium, University of Ruhuna, 23rd -24th October 2008, p. 27.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N. and Kumarasinghe H.K.M.S. (2008). Effect of different cutting shapes on keeping quality of Ipomoea mauritiana (Kiribadu) yams. Proceedings of the First National Symposium, University of Ruhuna, 23rd -24th October 2008, p. 41.

 

Priyadarshani, N. D. N., Fernando, K. M. C., Kumarasinghe, H. K. M. S. and Subasinghe, S. (2008). Studies on growth and yield of leafy cabbage (Brassica oleraceae var. acephala) as affected by organic liquid fertilizers, Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium, Sabaragamuwa University, 8th – 12th July 2008, p. 25.

 

Priyadarshani, N. D. N., Kumarasinghe, H. K. M. S., Subasinghe, S., and Fernando, K. M. C. (2008). Kollankola (Poogostomon heyneanus) rooting as affected by cutting length and moisture level, Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium, Sabaragamuwa University, 8th – 12th July 2008, p. 27.

 

Fernando, K. M. C. and Priyadarshani, N. D. N. (2008). Seedling development of spinach (Basella alba) as affected by different sources of vermicompost, Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium, Sabaragamuwa University, 8th – 12th July 2008, p. 26.

 

Fernando, K. M. C. and Priyadarshani, N. D. N. (2008). Seed treatments affected on germination of Canna lily (Canna indica) under in-vitro and in-vivo conditions, Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium, Sabaragamuwa University, 8th – 12th July 2008, p. 28.

 

Palihakkara I.R. and Priyadarshani N.D.N. (2008). Comparison of two potting types (kaduru and conventional clay pot) and irrigation frequencies on growth of Bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus L.), Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium, Sabaragamuwa University, 8th – 12th July 2008, p. 37.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N. and Subasinghe S. (2007). Comparative studies on growth, yield and chemical composition of Withania somnifera (Amukkara) and Ruellia tuberosa (local Amukkara). Proceedings of the 64th annual sessions of SLAAS. Colombo, Sri Lanka, 3rd -8th December 2007, p.185.

 

Priyadarshani N.D.N. and Fernando K.M.C. (2007). Early seedling growth of Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum Presl) as affected by different levels of salinity. Proceedings of the 12th International Forestry and Environmental Symposium, Kalutara, Sri Lanka, 30th November -1st December 2007, p. 05.

 

Palihakkara I.R. and Priyadarshani N.D.N. (2007). Growth and yield of Gotukola (Centella asiatica) as affected by different potting media and organic liquid fertilizer. Proceedings of the 12th International Forestry and Environmental Symposium, Kalutara, Sri Lanka, 30th November -1st December 2007, p. 69.

 

Fernando K.M.C. and Priyadarshani N.D.N. (2007). Bud initiation of different clones of Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum presl) as affected by different BAP concentrations. Proceedings of the 12th International Forestry and Environmental Symposium, Kalutara, Sri Lanka, 30th November -1st December 2007, p. 76.

 

Palihakkara I.R., Priyadarshani N.D.N. and Senevirathna G.S.S. (2007). Effect of two potting types (kaduru and conventional pot) and irrigation frequencies on growth of Orchid plant. Proceedings of the 12th International Forestry and Environmental Symposium, Kalutara, Sri Lanka, 30th November -1st December 2007, p. 77.

 

Fernando K.M.C. and Priyadarshani N.D.N. (2007). Different concentrations of BAP on in-vitro root development of Vanilla (Vanilla fragrance), Proceedings of the 12th International Forestry and Environmental Symposium, Kalutara, Sri Lanka, 30th November -1st December 2007, p. 82.

 

Fernando K.M.C. and Priyadarshani N.D.N. (2007). Seed germination and seedling development of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L.) as effected by earthworm castings. Proceedings of the 12th International Forestry and Environmental Symposium, Kalutara, Sri Lanka, 30th November -1st December 2007, p. 87.

 

Amarasinghe M.K.T.K., Priyadarshani N.D.N., Palihakkara I.R. and Kumarasinghe S., (2007). Biomass production of Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) as affected by different potting mixtures. Proceedings of the 12th International Forestry and Environmental Symposium, Kalutara, Sri Lanka, 30th November -1st December 2007, p. 88.

 

BOOKS

 

Arunakumara K.K.I.U, Priyadarshani N.D.N (Pineapple Cultivation) (In Sinhala)

 

Priyadarshani, N.D.N, Subasinghe S., “Osuthuru Visithuru” (In Sinhala)

 

Priyadarshani, N.D.N, Subasinghe S., “Amukkara Wagawa” (In Sinhala)