Genetics & Plant Breeding Division

Enhance the genetic potential of coconuts to fulfill the present needs and to face future challenges

Mission

Develop and supply coconut growers with cultivars capable of producing higher yields with greater tolerance to biotic an abiotic stress and assure the distribution of superior quality improved planting material

Research Division

Agronomy Division

Crop Protection Division

Economics & Agribusiness

Genetics & Plant Breeding Division

Plant Physiology Division

Coconut Processing Research Division

Soils and Plant Nutrition Division

Tissue Culture Division

Technology Transfer Division

Achievements

N
Variety Development
N
2020: Release New Coconut Hybrid CRISL2020
N
2012: Release New Coconut Hybrid Kapsetha (CRISL2013)
N
2012: Release New Coconut Hybrid Kapsuwaya (CRISL2012)
N
2012: Release New Coconut Hybrid Kapruwana (CRISL2004)
N
1998: Release Tall X Tall hybrid CRISL98
N
1965: Release Sri Lankan 1st Coconut hybrid CRIC65
N
1960: Release Sri Lankan 1st Improved cultivar CRIC60
N
Research Findings
N
Identification of the causative agent of the Weligama Coconut Leaf Wilt Disease (WCLWD)
N
Establishment of Seed Garden
N
2021: Establishment of Carlsfield seed garden as a joint venture with Kurunegala Plantations Ltd to produce Kapsuwaya seednuts
N
2013: Establishment of Kiniyama seed garden as a joint venture with Chillaw Palantations Ltd for Kapruwana (CRISL2004) seednut production
N
1998: Establishment of Pallama Seed production unit
N
1985: Establishment of Maduruoya seed garden
N
1953: Establishment of World 1st Isolated Seed Garden in Ambakelle
N
Germplasm conservation
N
Collection and conservation of Over 100 Local and Exotic Germplasm

On Going Research

N
Development and evaluation of coconut hybrids for higher yield
N
Development of drought tolerant coconut cultivars through mass and recurrent selection
N
Screening and breeding coconut varieties/ cultivars for tolerance to Weligama Coconut Leaf Wilt Disease (WCLWD)
N
Development of new coconut hybrids using gene bank material to assess the hybrid vigour and tolerance to Aceria Mite
N
Identification of drought tolerance through physiological and molecular studies
N
Identification of best coconut cultivar/form for the production of activated carbon
N
Identification of coconut varieties/cultivars for Red Weevil tolerance

Staff

Research

Dr. H D M A C Dissanayake

Head of the Division/Senior Geneticist and Plant Breeder

Mr. S W G C.R.K. Samarasinghe

Geneticist and Plant Breeder

Mrs. P.R. Weerasinghe

Geneticist and Plant Breeder

Seed Certification Unit

Mr. L M S R Jayathilake

Seed & Seedling Production & Certification Officer

Mr. D M L Amarasiri

Assistant Seed & Seedling Production
& Certification Officer

Mr. P G R S Premathilake

Assistant Seed & Seedling Production
& Certification Officer

Mr. R I B C T Herath

Assistant Seed & Seedling Production
& Certification Officer

Mr. M N Nadeeranga

Seed & Seedling Production & Certification Officer

Mr. L J Saman

Assistant Seed & Seedling Production
& Certification Officer

Mr. A S Jayasundara

Assistant Seed & Seedling Production
& Certification Officer

Mr. P. Krishanth

Assistant Seed & Seedling Production
& Certification Officer

Mr. R C M Wijerathne

Assistant Seed & Seedling Production
& Certification Officer

Ms. D M R Chandani

General Worker
(Office Attendant)

Technical (Research)

Mr. H M N B Herath

Senior Technical Officer

Mr. A A Fernando

Technical Officer

Mr. U D C S Kumara

Technical Officer

Mr. M.M. Hettiarachchi

Technical Officer

Mr. M.A.S.P. Jayasinghe

Senior Technical Officer

Ms. B.M.A.U. Amarathunga

Technical Officer

Mr. Senaka Chandrasiri

Technical Officer

Non Research

Ms. W.A.S. Fernando

Management Assistant

Mr. S.M.T. R Senaratne

Lab and Field Assistant

Mr. U.M.C.B Samarakoon

Lab and Field Assistant

Miss. W.D.U Fernando

Lab and Field Assistant

Mr. W. Wimalasiri

Senior Lab & Field Attendant

Mr. H.M.G Jayawardena

Lab and Field Assistant

Mr. J M A S Kumara

Lab and Field Assistant

Mr. M M T Kumara

Lab and Field Assistant

Mr. G D A Milroy

Senior Lab & Field Attendant

Mr. R.D.A.Leonard

Lab and Field Assistant

Awards

2015
1. M.K. Meegahakumbura received the award for the best presenter at Prof. Wu Zhang Yi memorial Academic Symposium for Postgraduates; Kunming Institute of Botany; Chinese Academy of Science-2015

2. M.K. Meegahakumbura received the award for “Excellent student – University of Chinese Academy of Science (2014-2015)

2014
1. Dr. L. Perera received the award for Lifetime Research Excellence in coconut research, at the 5th Plantation Crops Research Symposium – 2014

2. Dr. L. Perera received a merit award for scientific publications

3. Dr. L.Perera and M.K. Meegahakumbura received National Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research for the “Identification of the causal agent of the WCLWD” awarded by Council for Agricultural Research Policy, Sri Lanka (SLCARP)-2014

4. M.K. Meegahakumbura received the third prize for presentation at the Annual Symposium of the Germplasm Bank of Wild Species; Kunming Institute of Botany; Chinese Academy of Science-2014

5. Dr. S A C N Perera received the award for excellence in research at CRI during 2012-2013, awarded at the 5th Plantation Crops Research Symposium (2014).

6. Dr. S A C N Perera received a National award for excellence in agricultural research for the research project titled, ‘Assessment of the Genetic Diversity of Coconut with Special Reference to Phenotypes in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka’ awarded by the Council For Agricultural Research Policy, Sri Lanka (SLCARP).

7. Dr. S A C N Perera received the Best paper and the presentation award in the coconut sector at the 5th Plantation Crops Research Symposium (2014).

2012
1. Dr. L. Perera won the second place in the award scheme for selecting outstanding scientists in coconut research in 2012

2. M.K. Meegahakumbura received best presenter merit award at the Annual Symposium of Young Scientists forum of the National Science and Technology Commission-2012

2010
1. Dr. L Perera received the Endeavour Post-Doctoral research fellowship Australia (2010)
2009

1. Dr. L. Perera received the presidential research award for publications in 2009

2008
1. Dr. L. Perera received the presidential research award for publications in 2008

2. Ms. H.D.M.A.C. Dissanayaka received the silver medal for the best paper presentation at the 2nd Symposium on Plantation Crops Research in 2008

2006

1. Dr. S.A.C.N. Perera received the award for the best presenter in the genetics session at the Annual Congress of the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture.

2003
1. Dr. L. Perera received the presidential research award for publications in 2003.
2002
1. Dr. L. Perera received the presidential research award for publications in 2002

Recent Publications

2015
1. ADNT Kumara, L Perera, MK Meegahakumbura, NS Aratchige, LCP Fernando (2015) Identification of Putative Vectors of Weligama Coconut Leaf Wilt Disease in Sri Lanka In: new Horizons in Insect Science: Towards Sustainable Pest Management, Springer India pp: 137-146

2. SACN Perera, HMNB Herath, HTR Wijesekera, WGR Subhathma and WATL Weerakkody (2015). Evaluation of Coconut Germplasm in Weligama and Matara area in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka for Resistance to Weligama Coconut Leaf Wilt Disease. In print Cocos: 20.

3. SACN Perera, GK Ekanayake, HMNB Herath (2015). An investigation of the tender nut potential of diverse coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) varieties/forms in Sri Lanka. CORD39-45

2014
1. SACN Perera, H.D.M.A.C. Dissanayaka, H.M.N.B Herath, M.G.M.K. Meegahakumbura and L Perera (2014) Quantitative analysis of nut yield and fruit components in conserved indigenous coconut germplasm in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Biodiversity. vol. 2014, Article ID 740592, 5 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/740592.

2. Perera A A F L K. Selection of coconut cultivars for organic production Chapter 3; In: organic coconut production in Sri Lanka, Eds. H P M Gunasena, H A J Gunathilake and J M D T Everard, Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila, Sri Lanka. (ISBN 978-955-9013-14-3 May, 2014)

3. SWGC Ruwan Kumara, HDMAC Dissanayaka, MGMK Meegahakumbura, L Perera (2014) Response of Coconut Hybrids with Different Origins to Stress Conditions during Early Growth Stage in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 5th Plantation Crop Research Symposium, BMICH, Colombo, Sri Lanka

4. Perera SACN (2014). Chapter 11: Oil palm and coconut. In: Alien Gene Transfer in Crop Plants, Volume 2,Achievements and Impacts, Eds. Aditya Pratap and Jitendra Kumar, Springer Publishers, USA (ISBN 978-0-387-77593-7)

5. LCJ Kamaral, SACN Perera, KLNS Perera and PN Dassanayaka (2014). Genetic Diversity of the Sri Lanka Yellow Dwarf Coconut Form as Revealed by Microsatellite Markers. In print. Tropical Agriculture Research Volume 26.

6. SACN Perera, G K Ekanayake, P N Dassanayake and J M D T Everard. (2014) Characterization of Newly Classified Coconut Forms in Sri Lanka for Fruit Morphology and Variation at SSR marker Loci. Proceedings of the fifth Plantation Crop Research Symposium pp 29-38

2013
1. L Perera, S R Sarathchandra and I R Wickramananda (2013) “Screening Coconut Cultivars for Tolerance to Infestation by the Coconut Mite, Aceria guerreronis (Keifer) in Sri Lanka”. CORD: 29 (1): 46-51

2. Wijesekara, H T R, Perera L, Meegahakumbura M K, Dassanayake, E M and Ranasingha C (2013). Serological and Molecular techniques. Gunasena H P M et al. (Eds.), Weligama Coconut Leaf Wilt Disease: Six Years After, Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila, Sri Lanka. (ISBN 978-955-9013-10-5, March, 2013)

3. Suhair, F. S., Perera SACN, Vivehananthan, K (2013) Evaluation of Genetic Variation of Exotic Coconuts (Cocos nucifera L.) Using SSR Markers. Proceedings of the 12th Agricultural Research Symposium of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

4. Perera S.A.C.N., and Dissanayaka, H.D.M.A.C. (2013). Management of the Weligama coconut leaf wilt disease: Screening and Breeding Coconuts for resistance/tolerance to WCLWD. In Wiligama Coconut Leaf Wilt Disease- Six years after. Eds, HPM Gunasena, H. A. J. Gunethilake, L. C.P.Fernando, J.M.D.T. Everard and P.A.H.N. Appuhamy.Coconut Research Institute pp. 96-106Weligama Wilt after 06 years

2012
1.L.Perera, M. K. Meegahakumbura, H. R. T. Wijesekara, W.B.S. Fernando and M. J. Dickinson (2012) A Phytoplasma is associated with the Waligama Coconut Leaf Wilt Disease in Sri Lanka. Journal of Plant Pathology 94(1): 205-209

2. S C Fernando, E S Santha, S A C N Perera, H D M A C Dissanayake, M K Meegahakumbura and L Perera (2012) In Vitro Characterization of Indigenous Coconut Varieties (Cocos nucifera L.) of Sri Lanka for Water Stress Tolerance. CORD: 28(2): 55-63

3. H D M A Dissanayake, R B Attanayake, A A Fernando, R Jayathilake, M H L Padmasiri, H M N B Herath, S A S Chandrasiri, S A C N Perera, M K Meegahakumbura and L Perera (2012). Development of promising coconut hybrids utilizing novel brown dwarf coconut variety, 4th Plantation Crop Research Symposium 20-21 September, Thaj Sanudra Hotel, Colombo.

4. Meegahakumbura M. K., Perera, L., Wijesekara, H. R. T., Fernando, W.B.S., Kalani, N.G.A., M. J. Dickinson (2012) PCR based detection of Waligama Coconut Leaf Wilt Disease. Proceedings of the young Scientist Forum Symposium, National Science and Technology Commission Sri Lanka, pp: 16

2011
1. Perera L, Luc Baudouin, Roland Bourdeix, Anwar Bait Fadhil, Fabien C.C. Hountondji and Abdulaziz Al-Shanfri (2011) “Coconut Palms on the Edge of the Desert: Genetic Diversity of Cocos nucifera L. in Oman” CORD 27 (1): 9-19
2010

1. Mauro-Herrera M, Meerow A W. Perera L, Russell J and Schnell R J (2010) Ambiguous genetic relationships among coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) cultivars: the effects of out-crossing, sample source and size, and method of analysis. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 57 (2): 203-217

2. Perera L, Meegahakumbura MK, Wijesekara HTR, Kalani NGA, Munasing CE, Fernando WBS, Dickinson MJ (2010) In: George VT, Krishnakumar V, Augustine JB, Niral V, Josephrajkumar A (eds) Proceedings of the International Conference on Coconut Biodiversity for Prosperity. Niseema Printers and Publishers Kochi–18, India, p 146

3. Perera, SACN (2010). QTL analysis in coconut via genome mapping: Principles, requirements and prospects. Cocos: 20 pp 57-65

4. Ekanayake, GK, Perera, SACN, Dassanayake, PN, Everard, JMDT (2010). Varietal classification of new coconut (Cocos nucifera l.) forms identified from Southern Sri Lanka. Cocos: 19 pp 41-50

5. S. A. C. N. Perera (2010) Chapter 8 Coconut. In book titled ‘Technological Innovations in Major World Oil Crops’ Ed. S.H. Gupta. Springer Publications. USA (ISBN 978-1-4614-0355-5)

2009

1. Vadamalai, G., Perera, L., Hanold, D., Rezaian, M.A. and Randles, J.W. (2009). Detection of Coconut cadang-cadang viroid sequences in oil and coconut palm by ribonuclease protection assay, Annals of Applied Biology, 154 (1): Pp. 117-125.

2. Mauro-Herrera, M., Meerow, A.W., Perera, L., Russell, J. and Schnell, R.J. (2009). Ambiguous genetic relationships among coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) cultivars: the effects of out-crossing, sample source and size, and method of analysis. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution (DOI 10.1007/s10722-009-9463-x, Published online).

3. Perera, L., Perera, S.A.C.N., Bandaranayeke, C.K. and Hugh Harries. (2009). Coconut Chapter 12; In: Oil Crops, J Voll and I Rajcan (Eds.), Springer Publishers, USA. (ISBN 978-0-387-77593-7, August, 2009).

4. Perera, K.N.S., Perera, S.A.C.N. and Vivehananthan, K. (2009). Detection of Microsatellite marker segregation in an F2 population of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.).

5. Perera, S.A.C.N., Ekanayake, G.K., Attanayake, R.B. (2009). Characterization of Conserved Coconut Germplasm in Sri Lanka with Morphological Descriptors, CORD, 2009, 25 (1): Pp. 46-53.

6. Perera, S.A.C.N. and Ekanayaka, G.K. (2008/2009). Characterization of Sri Lankan indigenous coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) varieties for diversity in quantitative morphology, Tropical Agriculturist, 157: Pp. 25-42.

2008
1. Dissanayaka, H.D.M.A.C., Perera, S.A.C.N., Fernando, W.B.S., Attanayake, R.B., Meegahakumbura, M.G.M.K. and Perera, L. (2008). Evaluation of the comparative performance of five commercial coconut cultivars under two different agro-ecological zones in Sri Lanka, Proceedings of the Plantation second Plantation Crop Research Symposium, BMICH, Colombo, Sri Lanka. A Ninanayaker and E Jayamanne (Eds.), Samayawardena printers, Colombo.

2. Wijesekara, H.T.R., Perera L., Wickramananda, I.R., Hearth, I., Meegahakumbura M. K., Fernando, W.B.S. and De Silva P.H.P.R. (2008). Weligama Coconut Leaf Wilt Disease: A new disease in Southern Sri Lanka, Proceedings of the Plantation second Plantation Crop Research Symposium, BMICH, Colombo, Sri Lanka. A Ninanayaker and E Jayamanne (Eds.), Samayawardena printers, Colombo.

3. Perera, P.I.P., Perera, L., Hocher, V., Verdeil, J.L., Yakandawala, D.M.D. and Weerakoon, L.K. (2008). Use of SSR markers to determine the anther-derived homozygous lines in coconut, Plant Cell Reports, 27: Pp. 1697-1707.

4. Perera, S.A.C.N., Pooni, H.S. and Kearsey, M.J. (2008). Chromosome Substitution Lines for the analysis of heterosis in Arabidopsis thaliana, Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, 36(4): Pp. 275-280.

5. Perera, S.A.C.N. and Kilian, A. (2008). Diversity arrays technology: A high throughput molecular marker system for coconut, Pragna xix (1) (Special issue), Pp. 60-64

6. Kamaral, L.C.J., Perera, S.A.C.N. and Attanayake, D.P.S.T.G. (2008). Molecular Evaluation of different morphotypes of the coconut variety Sri Lanka Yellow Dwarf, Proceedings of the 8th Agricultural Research Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, University of Wayamba, Pp. 149-153.

2007
1. Kumara, P.M.U.S., Perera, S.A.C.N. and Fernandopulle, M.N.D. (2007). Evaluation of Morphological differences between Green Dwarf x Sri Lanka Tall and Yellow Dwarf x Sri Lanka Tall Hybrids of Coconut, Proceedings of the 7th Agricultural Research Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, University of Wayamba, Pp. 136-138.
2006
1. Perera, L., Bandaranayake, C.K. and Perera, S.A.C.N. (2006). Molecular markers in coconut breeding: Current status and future possibilities, Proceedings of the symposium on “Application of Biotechnology in Agriculture”, Hector Kobbakaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, Colombo, Pp. 14-19.

2. Kumarasinghe, W.M. Perera, S.A.C.N. and Gunasekara, T.M.C.P. (2006). Evaluation of morphological differences and yielding ability of nut colour based phenotypes of Sri Lanka tall coconut, Proceedings of the 6th Agricultural Research Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, University of Wayamba, Pp. 307-310.

3. Perera, S.A.C.N., Wilkes, T.M. and JKearsey, M. (2006). More precise QTL mapping using STAIRS, Tropical Agricultural Research, 18: Pp. 227-236.

2005

1. Perera, L. (2005). Genetic Diversity and relationships of coconut revealed by microsatellite markers, In: Plant Genome: Biodiversity and Evolution, Vol. I Part B, Phanerogams (Higher Groups). A.K Sharma and A. Sharm (Eds.),. Science Publishers Inc., USA. (ISBN 1-57808-352-2, March, 2005).

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