Prof. R. L. C. Wijesundera


Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Colombo
Colombo 00300
Sri Lanka

Office: Department of Plant Sciences,
Work Phone: +94 11-258 5038

Academic & Professional Qualifications

  • PhD 1984

    Ph.D., in Plant Pathology

    University of Bristol, England.

  • BSc 1978

    B.Sc. Hons, Second class upper division. Special degree in Botany with Chemistry as the subsidiary subject.

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka


I have taught numerous courses in Plant Sciences at undergraduate level ranging from Plant Pathology, Mycology, Microbiology, Microbial Life and Plant Anatomy.

At the post-graduate level apart from supervision of Ph.D. & M.Phil. students I have taught in M.Sc. programmes in Plant Pathology, Plant Cell & Tissue Culture, Microbiology and Agricultural Microbiology.

Research Interests

  • Use of fungal chitinase genes in developing disease resistant transgenic plants
  • Cloning and expression of cellulase and xylanase genes of filamentous fungi in yeast for synergistic saccharification and direct fermentation of cellulosic biomass to ethanol
  • Colletotrichum¬†species causing anthracnose in Sri Lanka
  • Study of white root disease of rubber
  • Study of macrofungi in the dry zone of Sri Lanka
  • Biologically active metabolites of endophytic fungi
  • Generation of glucose from plant biomass using fungal enzymes
  • Studies on stem canker of Tea