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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
115817
Status
Published
Date of creation
2020-11-26 14:52 UTC (sec@env.gov.lk)
Date of publication
2020-11-30 15:42 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Sri Lanka
Profile of the Expert
Dr.  Lakmini Priyantha serving as the Head of the Seed Certification Service since August 15th, 2015. She is responsible for supervising, monitoring and guiding Seed Certification Service (SCS), of the Department of Agriculture. As the Additional Director she is responsible for supervising Seed quality control system in Sri Lanka with the following Components, Field registration, field inspection, Seed sampling, Seed testing, Seed health  testing , Post control testing, Conducting DUS test, Fruit crop Certification and implementation of Seed act No. 22 of 2003 and conducting seed technology research.
In addition, she is  directly involving in implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification programme.
Personal Information
Coordinates
Dr. Lakmini Priyantha
Seed Certification Service, Gannoruwa, Peradeniya
kandy
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 (0)81 238 8421
Fax:+94 (0)81 238 8217
Email:lakmiashraff@yahoo.com
Url:http://scsdoa.lk
Gender
  • Female
Nationalities
  • Sri Lankan
Date of birth
1970
Place of birth
Sri Lanka
Current employment
Employer / Organization
Department of Agriculture
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Department / Division / Unit
Seed Certification Service
Start date
2000
Main responsibilities
Quality assurance of seed and planting materials, Implementation of seed act, Quality assurance of agriculture produce (GAP Certification)
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Department of Agriculture
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Main areas of responsibility
Plant pathology, Diseases Management of traditional crops
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Department of Agriculture
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Main areas of responsibility
Quality assurances of seeds (Identification of disease free seed lots, Including traditional crops)
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
B.Sc. In Agriculture
Name of academic institution
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Start date
1993
Ending date
1997
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
M.Sc. In Agriculture
Name of academic institution
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Start date
1998
Ending date
2000
Formal education
Third Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: Ph.D. in Microbiology
Ph.D. in Plant Pathology
Name of academic institution
Punjab Agricultural University, India
Start date
2004
Ending date
2007
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
Seed Health Testing
How to become a Plant Doctor
Management of Migratory pest and diseases 
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Plant health
  • Legislative drafting and review
  • Regulations for Seed and Planting Material Quality Assurance, GAP certification
  • Field trial regulation/inspection
  • Laboratory quality audit and management
  • Plant protection/ quarantine
Publications
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
Priyantha M.G.D.L., A.R.J Athukorala. J. A.V.J. Jayasinghe, M.Sato and H.Takahashi,(2016) Seed borne pathogens     associated with seed lots of major food crops of Sri Lanka,Tropical Agriculturist .Vol. 164: 71-81
M.G.D.L. Priyantha (2015, 2016,2017,2018,2019) Country report (Sri Lanka) on the Construction of Epidemiology Information Interchange System for Migratory Disease and Insect Pests in Asia Region (IPM)" Proceedings of AFACI /IPM expert workshop
M. A.R.A. Mandanayake, M.G.D.L.Priyantha, A.P.Bentota,U.G.A.I. Sirisena, A.M.K.R. Bandara and  U. C. Kahawaththa (2016) The effect of flowering plants to enhance natural enemy population in paddy fields Annals of the Sri Lanka Department of Agriculture.Vol. 18: 177-180
List of other publications files
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
Outstanding Principal investigator of Asian Food & Agriculture Corporative Initiative (AFACI) IPM project
Best presenter award for Plant Protection category
Professional memberships
Member of the Plant Pathological Society of Sri Lanka
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
Chairperson of Annual Symposium of the Department of Agriculture 2018
Editorial member of the Tropical Agriculturist
Editorial member of the Annals of the Department of Agriculture 2017-2019
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Singhalese
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
References
References
Dr. R.S.K. Keerthisena
Additional Director General (Research)
Department of Agriculture
Peradeniya
Sri Lanka
Phone:+ 94 (0) 713276462
Email:keerthisenarsk@yahoo.com
Dr. S.K. Wasala
Plant Genetic Resources Center
Department of Agriculture
Kandy
Sri Lanka
Phone:+ 94 (0)11 238 8494
Fax:+94 (0)11 238 8490
Email:samanthiwasala@gmail.com