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Mr. K. Prasannath
B.Sc. Agric. (EUSL), M.Phil. (UPDN, SL)
Senior Lecturer Gr. II
Department of Agricultural Biology
Faculty of Agriculture
Eastern University, Sri Lanka

Tel (Office): +94 (0) 65 2241262
Tel (Residence): +94 (0) 65 2050000
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Educational Qualification:

M. Phil. in Plant Protection – University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2015)
B.Sc. Agric. (Hons), Eastern University, Sri Lanka (2007)
Certificate in Teaching Methodology, Eastern University, Sri Lanka (2012)

Work Experience:

2015.06.29- to present: Senior Lecturer Gr. II, Department of Agricultural Biology, EUSL
2010.06.01 – 2015.06.28: Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Biology, EUSL
2008 -2009: Assistant Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Chemistry, EUSL

Full-length Research Papers:

  1. Shanika, W. and Prasannath, K. (2016). Survey on diseases of banana and their management in Batticaloa district, Sri Lanka. International Journal of Research and Review. 3(2): 53-55.
  2. Karunakaran, S., Prasannath, K. and Shanika, W. (2016). Insecticidal Activity of Plant Powders against Rice Weevil, Sitophilus oryzae L. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). International Journal of Research. 3(4): 427-429.
  3. Prasannath, K. (2016). Botanical insecticides - special reference to horticultural insect pest management: A review. International Journal of Advanced Research and Review. 1(5): 14-18.
  4. Prasannath, K., Dharmadasa, K.N.P., De Costa, D.M. and Hemachandra, K.S. (2014). Variations of Incidence, Types of Virus Diseases and Insect Vector Populations of Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.), Grown in Different Agro-ecological Regions of Sri Lanka under Two Crop Management Systems. Tropical Agricultural Research. 25(3): 376-395.
  5. Abhayapala, K.M.R.D., De Costa, W.A.J.M., Fonseka, R.M., Prasannath, K., De Costa, D.M., Suriyagoda, L.D.B., Abeytilakarathna, P.D. and Nugaliyadda, M.M. (2014). Response of Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) to Increasing Growing Season Temperature under Different Soil Management and Crop Protection Regimes in the Upcountry of Sri Lanka. Tropical Agricultural Research. 25(4): 455-469.
  6. Prasannath, K. (2013). Review article: Pathogenicity and Virulence Factors of Phytobacteria. Scholars Academic Journal of Biosciences. 1(1): 24-33.
  7. Prasannath, K., Karunakaran, S. and Mahendran, S. (2011). Control of Fusarium wilt of chilli (Capsicum annuum L.) by crude plant extracts. Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Research Session, Eastern University, Sri Lanka. 1st – 2nd December 2011. 291-294.


Presentations at Conferences/ Symposia:

  1. Prasannath, K. and Costa, D.M. (2015). Induction of peroxidase activity in tomato leaf tissues treated with two crop management systems across a temperature gradient. Proceedings of the International Conference on Dry Zone Agriculture 2015. Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. 15th & 16th October 2015. 34-35.
  2. Prasannath, K., Prasannath, V. and Mahendran S. (2015). Trends in Use and Import of Agricultural Synthetic Pesticides in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the National Symposium on Agriculture 2015. Faculty of Agriculture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka. 05th August 2015. 8-10.
  3. Seneviratne, D. M. A. S., Prasannath, K. and De Costa, D. M. (2014). Quantification of Phenylalanine Ammonia Lyase Activity in Tomato and Chilli Tissues Grown under Different Crop Management Practices and Agro-Ecological Regions in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 1st Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Symposium. 23rd December 2014. p. 3.
  4. Gajanayaka, G. M. D. R., Prasannath, K. and De Costa, D. M. (2014). Variation of chitinase and -1,3-glucanase activities in tomato and chilli tissues grown under different crop management practices and agroecological regions. Proceedings of the Peradeniya University International Research Sessions. 4th - 5th July 2014. 18: 519.
  5. Prasannath, K., De Costa, D. M. and Hemachandra, K. S. (2014). Quantification of Peroxidase activity in Chilli tissues Grown under Two Crop Protection Systems across a Temperature Gradient. Proceedings of the HETC Symposium 2014. 7th – 8th July 2014. p. 102.
  6. Prasannath, K. and Mahendran, S. (2013). In vitro inhibition of tomato early blight pathogen in response to application of selected inorganic salts. Proceedings of the Young Scientists Forum Symposium 2013, National Science and Technology Commission.7th February 2014. 143-146.
  7. Prasannath, V. and Prasannath, K. (2013). Assessment on the Agrochemical Usage of Vegetable Farmers in Kaluthavalai, Batticaloa District. proceedings of the Seventh Annual Research Forum, Sri Lanka Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA). 20th December, 2013. p. 12.
  8. Prasannath, K. and Mahendran, S. (2013). Efficacy of botanicals on the control of cowpea pests. Proceedings of the International Conference of Eastern University, Sri Lanka. 12th-13th September, 2013. p. 15.
  9. Prasannath, K., Karunakaran, S. and Mahendran, S. (2011). Efficacy of selected plant extracts in the control of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. capsici inciting chilli wilt. Proceedings of the 67th Annual Research Session, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 5th - 9th December 2011. p. 123.

Book Publications:

  1. Prasannath, K., Rameskaran, M. and Mahendran, S. (2011). Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture. ISBN 978-955-53493-0-7. Author Publication, Faculty of Agriculture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.

Chapters in Books:

  1. Prasannath, K. (2011). Management of Living Soil. Felicitating a Great Teacher, Special Souvenir published on the occasion of the retirement of Bambalapitiya Hindu College Principal K. T. Rajaratnam. Kumaran Press (Pvt) Ltd., Colombo, Sri Lanka. pp. 245-254.

Plant defense-related enzymes
Plant disease management
Plant virus vector control

Agricultural Microbiology
Plant Pathology

  • Best presenter award for the oral presentation made at the Young Scientists Forum Symposium 2011 held on 27th January 2012 at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, Colombo
  • Best presenter award for the poster presentation made at the Young Scientists Forum Symposium 2013 held on 7th February 2014 at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, Colombo
  • MPhil studentship awarded by the HETC-QIG-3 project, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya – 2012

  • Student Counsellor, Faculty of Agriculture (2010 to 2012 & 2016 to present)
  • Senior Treasurer, Students’ Union, Faculty of Agriculture (2016 to present)
  • Field Supervisor, Baseline Survey in Batticaloa and Trincomalee Districts conducted by Malteser International in collaboration with Faculty of Agriculture (2011-2012)
  • Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Forum, Faculty of Agriculture – 2011
  • Resource person for the workshops conducted for A/L Technology stream students of Eastern Province held at the Faculty of Agriculture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka in 2015 & 2016
  • Secretary, 2nd National Symposium on Agriculture 2016, Faculty of Agriculture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka
  • Resource person for the workshop on “Crop Protection” for the Farmers of Batticaloa district organized by the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Resource Management (CENSARM), Faculty of Agriculture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka
  • Member, Farm Development Committee, Faculty of Agriculture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka
  • Co-controlling examiner for the practical examination of the subject Biosystems Technology in G.C.E.(A/L) examination 2016

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