Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Aruni Udugama Vithanage

 Aruni Udugama Vithanage

I received my BSc degree in Biology from University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka in 2009 and M.Phil degree in Plant sciences from University of Peradeniya in 2013. My M.Phil research entitled on "Biofilms with Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria And Fungi:  Novel Biofertilizer Technology For Sustainable Maize(Zea mays L.) Cultivation". I started my PhD research at Charles Sturt University with the award of Charles Sturt University postgraduate Research Scholarship (CSUPRS) in June 2014.

Prior to my PhD,  I worked as a teaching assistant at department of Botany, University of Ruhuna (2009-2010) and as a Research assistant at Microbial Biotechnology Unit, National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka (2010-2013).

My research interests are studying about plant and microbial secondary metabolites, Microbial interactions in soil plant system in biofilm mode and genomics of microorganisms.

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My previous research focused on chemical analysis of Anthocyanine in tea plants and Iodole acetic acid production in bacteria. Also, I acquired experiences in Fungal-bacterial biofilm formation in-vitro and evaluating their fertilizing potentials in Sri Lankan agriculture.

Current research is basically based on Laccase of Botrytis cinerea as a virulence factor in grapevine pathogenesis. Botrytis cinerea produce laccase, an oxidative enzyme at the berry infection hence, contaminate must and wine and result diminished wine quality. Therefore, current research focuses on properties of botrytis laccase and it's role in pathogenesis.

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Buddhika U.V.A., G. Seneviratne, E.M.H.G.S. Ekanayake, D.M.N. Senanayake, A.D. Igalavithane, N. Weeraratne, A.P.D.A. Jayasekara, W.L. Weerakoon, A. Indrajith, H.M.A.C. Gunaratne, R.K.G.K. Kumara, M.S.D.L. De Silva. (2014) Biofilmed biofertilizers application in agroecosystems. V.K Gupta (ed.), Microbial Bioresources and applications (Submitted)

Buddhika U.V.A. and Seneviratne G (2014) Biofilmed biofertilizers: A Recent Trend in Bio Fertilizer application. In: Fertilizer Volume 1: Synthesis. Studium Press LLC, USA (www.studiumpress.in) Pp 403-414 G. Seneviratne, Weeraratne,N. and Buddhika U.V.A. (2013) Diversity of Plant Root Associated Microbes: Its Regulation by Introduced Biofilms. N.K. Arora (ed.), Plant Microbe Symbiosis- Fundamentals and advances, Springer, India Pp 351-372.

Buddhika U.V.A., Senevirtne, G, Abayasekara, C.L. (2013) Soil biodiversity loss and its reversal by using developed microbial biofilms in agroecosystems. Proceedings of National Symposium on "Soil Biodiversity" 2013, Biodiversity Secretariat-Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy Pp 133-137.

Buddhika U.V.A., Seneviratne G., Abayasekera C.L., S.A. Kulasooriya (2014) Fungal-bacterial Biofilms Differ from Bacterial Monocultures in Seed Germination and Indole acetic acid Production. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publication 4 (1): 1:5 ISSN 2250-3153

Buddhika U.V.A., Athauda A.R.W.P.K, Seneviratne G., Kulasooriya S.A and Abayasekara C.L. (2013) Emergence of diverse microbes on application of biofilmed biofertilizers to a maize growing soil. Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Sciences) 42 (2): 39-47.

Buddhika, U.V.A., Seneviratne G., Abayasekera C.L. (2012). Developed fungal bacteria biofilms can do algalization in maize soil. (Under review in Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences (accepted)

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