Welcome to the Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya (AgBC). AgBC was established with funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with the vision to be “To be a Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Biotechnology for research and outreach activities in Sri Lanka and the region”. It was declared open in August 2003 to facilitate and strengthen research, capacity building and generate marketable products through molecular biology and biotechnology. The AgBC is the only such institution in Sri Lanka devoted to Agricultural Biotechnology and is currently identified as a Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology even by international organizations such as Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations (UN), and the World Bank in funding. The AgBC has all the high-end equipment and facilities needed to conduct basic biotechnology research and development, acquired through competitive research and development grants from international and local funding agencies. The AgBC also houses the ‘National Referral Laboratory for the Detection and Identification of Genetically Modified Organisms’ which was funded by Global Environment facility (GEF) funded project implemented by Ministry of Environment through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. AgBC operates under the guidance of the Dean Faculty of Agriculture and a full-time Director, a Professor in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology attached to the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. It is a 24x7 open, financially self-sustainable facility that provides an ideal environment for research. The current facilities include Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Microscopy, Tissue culture, Bioinformatics, Metabolomics and controlled environmental facilities and office spaces. AgBC provides a multidisciplinary environment for research, creating linkages with the scientific community, research laboratories, research institutes and the private sector to contribute towards biotechnology and related programs. AgBC also offers workshops, training programs and “hands-on experience” to the stakeholders, including scientists, researchers, postgraduate students, and school children, to develop skills in the latest techniques in the field. These programs range from short & focused courses (one day) to longer extensive certificate courses (up to 100h). AgBC is a reliable service provider for the stakeholders with minimum rates approved by the Finance Committee of the University of Peradeniya. The future growth of AgBC is bright, and we look forward to the expansion of our research and training facilities to cater for the growing demand in the country and the region, among other goals. In the meantime, we wish to assure our partners that we are fully committed to achieve our set goals and objectives of delivering quality training programs as well as venturing into the development of marketable products to enhance – socio-economic development in our society. In summary, AgBC is uniquely positioned to train the right manpower, to conduct safe molecular biology research, to help industry start and succeed and to help scientists interface with industry and thereby to help the biotechnology industry grow into a large and mature one.
Anyone interested in learning fundamentals of molecular biology and biotechnology, including University Academics, Research Officers (both public and private sector), Research Assistants, Technical Officers and Field Officers (working on biotechnology products), Graduate and Undergraduate students of any discipline, Candidates waiting to enter university and A/L students from any discipline.
Visit to laboratory with high-end facilities designed for GMO testingRead More
Biotechnology Workshops for A/L students in Kandy Zone consists with lectures, discssions, demonstrations and few practicals focused on DNA extarction, PCR and gel documentation system.Read More
Low cost Green House Automation for smart Agriculture (Funded by OWSD project on "Internet of Things (IoT) for Smart Agriculture: assessment of agronomic traits and related gene expression of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) grown under filed, semi-controlled and controlled environmental conditions employed with low cost, low energy IoT solutions.”)Read More
Title: Democratising sequencing: Technology, platforms and applications of Oxford Nanopore sequencing
Speaker- Dr. Lakmal Jayasinghe vice president of Oxford Nanopore Technologies, UK and the Manager R&D
The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is an international agreement signed in 2000 that aims to ensure the safe handling, transport, and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to protect biodiv.. Read More