I attained my B.Sc. Special Degree in Botany in 2015 from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, securing First Class (Hon). I was also awarded two Gold Medals by the University, including the `M. D. Dassanayake Gold Medal for Excellence in Botany' in recognition of my performance at the B.Sc. Special Degree Examination.
Since then I worked as a Teaching Assistant (2015) and a Research Assistant (2016) at the Department of Botany, University of Peradeniya. During this period, I was engaged in research in the field of Plant Pathology.
I have moved to Australia upon receiving the scholarship of ARTP and currently doing a PhD in Plant Pathology at Charles Sturt University, wagga Wagga. My primary research interests lie in the areas of disease epidemiology, mycology and fungal biochemistry.
My previous research work focused on biological control of Botryodiplodia theobromae; avocado stem end rot pathogen and molecular characterization of Colletotrichum sp. of papaw and cashew anthracnose.
Current research focuses on the use of volatile organic compounds produced by antagonists in biological control and their chemical characterization.
Madhupani Y.D.S. and Adikaram N.K.B. (2016). Delayed incidence of stem-end rot and enhanced defenses in Aureobasidium pullulans-treated avocado (Persea americana Mill.) fruit. Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection (Accepted for publication).
Madhupani, Y.D.S. and Adikaram, N.K.B. (2015). Biological control of avocado (Persea americana Mill.) stem-end rot using Aureobasidium pullulans. Abs. Proceedings of the Peradeniya University International Research Sessions, Sri Lanka, 5th & 6th November 2015. Vol. 19 pp: 372.