Prof. R. M. C. P. Rajapaksha


Office Address: 

Dept. Of Soil Science

Faculty of Agriculture,

University of Peradeniya

Peradeniya, 20400, Sri Lanka



+94 (0) 081 2395208

Personal Website: 

Academic & Professional Qualifications :

  • Ph. D (Soil Science) University of Saskatchewan, Canada (1994-1997)

  • M. Phil (Agriculture) University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1990-1993)

  • B. Sc. Agriculture (University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1984-1989)


Honours & Awards:

  • Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan to follow Ph D program at the University of Saskatchewan (1994-1997)

  • Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows’ Program (October –November 2007)

Teaching Areas::

  • Soil and environmental microbiology, Soil fertility, Soil and Environmental Quality, Microbial ecology, Plant-microbe interactions, Tracer techniques in Soil and Plant Studies, Organic pollutant and bioremediations

Research Interests:

    • Microbial Ecology; with special emphasis on shifting of microbial communities due to environmental perturbations and developing microbiological technologies to restore natural soil productivity

Academic / Research / Professional Experience:

    • Head / Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya (2005-2007 and July 2010 to December 2011)
    • Chairperson / Board of Study in Soil Science, Postgraduate Institute in Agriculture, University of Peradeniya (2007 – 2009)
    • Secretary/Board of Study in Soil Science, Postgraduate Institute in Agriculture, University of Peradeniya (2000 – 2004)
    • Acting Director, Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, University of Peradeniya (January 2012 to date)
    • Member, Board of Management, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, 2007 - 2009
    • Treasurer, Alumni association of Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, Peradeniya
    • Member of the Editorial Board

      ‘Journal of Microbial World’ Microbiologists Society, India. (1999 – 2000) ‘Tropical Agricultural Research’, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture  (2005) ‘Journal of the Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka’ (2006)
    • Reviewer of the research grants in Agriculture awarded by the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, National Research Council of Sri Lanka and Council for Agriculture Research and Policy