The Department of Crop Science is considered as a centre of excellence in Sri Lanka for teaching and research related to Crop Sciences and Biostatistics with a reputation for maintaining high academic standards and a strong research culture. The Department offers a comprehensive set of courses in all four years of the B.Sc. Agricultural Technology and Management degree program including production and management of field, horticultural, export agricultural and plantation crops; micro propagation and tissue culture; controlled environment agriculture; crop physiology; agroforestry and forestry. The Department also offers basic courses in Crop Sciences to the other degree programs on Food Science and Technology and Animal Science and Fisheries offered by the Faculty. The Department is primarily responsible for the semester-long intensive residential field practical program at Mahailluppallama, which provides on-farm experience, knowledge and skills of dry zone agriculture. The Department also plays a unique role by offering courses on biostatistics for all students of the faculty. For students opting to specializing in Crop Sciences, the Department offers two advanced modules titled, “Advanced Crop Production Technology” and “Plantation Management and Forestry” in the 6th, 7th and 8th semesters. These attract a significant number of students annually. The Department has 27 academic staff members specialized in various disciplines and 20 academic support staff. The staff with their qualifications and experience provides the students an opportunity to gather relevant knowledge and enhance their practical and quantitative skills. Teaching and research in the Department is amply supported by its infrastructure with modern lecture theatres and well equipped laboratories. The Department also manages the University Experimental Station at Dodangolla covering 80 ha, which has a seed laboratory, nurseries, greenhouses, mushroom unit, forest plantations, a tissue culture laboratory and residential facility for over 80 people. The experimental station also provides facilities for field research programs of students and staff in the intermediate zone of Sri Lanka. The members of the department are actively involved in teaching, research and academic administration through Boards of Study in Crop Science and Biostatistics at the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA). A wide range of courses are offered under the two Boards of Study and the staff of the Department serves as course instructors and research supervisors of the postgraduate programmes of the PGIA leading to M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. In addition, majority of the academic staff also serve in national and international scientific and policy making bodies.
The International Weed Science Society (IWSS), established in 1975 is the supreme academic body of all weed scientists in the world. The IWSS hold its conference once in four years. The 8th International Weed Science Conference (IWSC) was held on Bangkok, Thailand from 4-9 December 2022, after being postponed from its originally scheduled year of 2020, due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The IWSS recognizes the contribution of Weed Scientists around the globe at its conferences. Lifetime achievements in the field of Weed Science, contribution to the development of Weed Science, contribution to the policy developments are some of the criteria used to select weed scientists for the award. This award is made once in four years under the title "Lifetime Achievement Award". The distinguished weed scientists from the world are selected by the International Awards Committee of the IWSS, after assessing the individual contributions. There is no call for applications in selecting scientists for this award.
Accordingly, Prof. Buddhi Marambe, a Senior Professor of the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka has been awarded the prestigious "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the IWSS. The award was presented to him at a galanarous awarding ceremony held at the Marriot Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand on 8 December 2022. This year Prof Marambe was the Weed Scientist who was honoured from the south and southeast Asian region with this once-in-a-lifetime award.Read More
Profs. SP. Nissanka and WAJM. De Costa were honored as “FELLOWS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF SRI LANKA" at the 43rd Annual General Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka that was held on 16th September 2022 of which the Induction was taken place on 21st January 2023.Read More
Prof. SP. Nissanka has coordinated a Training Workshop on “Lichens of Sri Lankan and Impact of Atmospheric pollution on lichen diversity” that was held from 22ndth to 25th February, 2023. Ten foreign participants from India, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, and UK, and 15 selected local participants from different Universities in Sri Lanka attended the workshop. Lichenologists of Dr. Gothamie Weerakoon (Natural History Museum of London, UK), Dr. Christopher Ellis (Botanical Garden of Edinburgh, UK), Dr. Netty Van Dijk (Center for Ecology and Hydrology, UK), Prof. Udeni Jayalal (Sabaragamuwa University), and Dr. Sarangi Athukorala (University of Peradeniya) served as the resources persons. The training program was conducted in collaboration with the Center for Hydrology and Ecology and Natural History Museum, UK, and the Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya through the South Asian Nitrogen Hub project.Read More