Dilhani completed her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural science and Master degree in Floriculture and Landscaping in Sri Lanka and was employed as an Agricultural Monitoring Officer in the Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka for 10 years.
Then she moved to Australia and completed an Honours degree in plant science. In her Honours research, she examined objective methods to assess powdery mildew disease on grapes. Upon completion of her Honours degree, she worked as a technical officer for South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).
In 2016, she received a NWGIC scholarship to undertake her PhD studies at the NWGIC at Charles Sturt University. Her current research is focused on investigating the ability of Australian Aspergillus niger isolates to produce fumonisin toxin in grapes with particular emphasis on identifying ecological factors influencing toxin production by Aspergillus niger.
Specialisation: Plant Pathology
Focus area: Impacts of Aspergillus species on grape and wine production
Dilhani’s PhD research aims in identifying fumonisin toxin production ability of Aspergillus species associated with wine- grapes in Australia. The project also investigates the ecological conditions influencing fumonisin production and the fate of fumonisin during grape and wine production. Her research is supervised by Dr. Christopher Steel, Dr. Paul Prenzler and Dr. Sandra Savocchia and, funded by National Wine and Grape Industry (NWGIC) Centre scholarship.
Perera, D., Petrovic, T., Cozzolino, D., Kravchuk, O., Zanker, T., Scott, E. & Bennett, J. 2017. Feasibility of discriminating powdery mildew-affected grape berries at harvest using mid-infrared attenuated total reflection spectroscopy and fatty acid profiling. In: Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research. p. 415-425 11 p.