Soil Science has been taught in University of Peradeniya since the inception of higher education in agriculture in 1948. A fully-fledged Department dedicated for the discipline of soil science was established in 1986. Being the only Department having more than 30 years of experience in teaching and research in Soil Science in the higher education system in Sri Lanka, the Department is heavily involved with capacity building and providing consultancy and advisory services to regulatory and policy making bodies of Sri Lanka. At present the Department of Soil Science is responsible for teaching and conducting research pertaining to the broad areas of soils, plant nutrition and environmental aspects related soil science at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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