Research Managers
 
Departments
   
   
  Research Managers
 
   
Chairman

Mr.N.V.T.A.Weragoda, BSc

 
Mr.N.V.T.A.Weragoda assumed duties as the Chairman of RRB on the 19th October 2015. He has nearly 40 years of experience and worked in diverse discipline in the capacities of both scientific and administrative position in public and private institutions. The total period he served at Sugarcane Research Institute (SRI) in the capacity of the Chairman was over 11 years including his first assignment from 1994 to 2005.  His next term as the Chairman of SRI commenced in January 2015 till the day he joined RRISL.
Mr. Weragoda also served several other institutions including the Institute of Post-harvest Technology and Industrial Development Authority of the Western Province in the capacity of the Chairman.  He has served as the Deputy Director General of Southern Development Authority. His contribution to the Sri Lankan sugar industry is immense.  He was the competent authority of Hingurana Sugar Industries Ltd., and served as Chief Executive Director of Pelwatta Sugar Industries Ltd., Pelwatta Distilleries Ltd. and Pelwatta Dairy Ltd.
Mr. Weragoda holds a BSc special degree in Zoology specialized in Entomology from the University of Peradeniya, 1973.
 
   
   
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Director
W M G Seneviratna , PhD seneviratnegamini@yahoo.com , dirrri@sltnet.lk
Twenty four years of experience in Research and Development work on Rubber Technology and Waste Treatment Technology, of which last 5 years as a research manager in the capacity of Deputy Director Research (Technology). The effluent treatment technique he developed has won several international awards as well as few local awards. He is a visiting lecturer in many universities in Sri Lanka on rubber technology and waste treatment technology.
 
  Current research interests
   
  Wastewater treatment technologies for industrial effluents, research on rubber blends and composites, latex dipped product manufacturing technology, process systems management and certification, and latex protein allergy issues.
   
  Awards
   
 
Silver medal (1998), 26th International exhibition of inventions, new techniques and products held in Geneva, Switzerland
UNDP   cash award, 1998 -for the development of a cost effective treatment system for rubber effluents
Merit  award - Plastic & Rubber Institute  - 1998
Most innovative award - Plastic & Rubber Institute -  2006
   
  Patents
   
 
Process for viscosity molecular weight reduction in  natural rubber- Sri Lanka Patent No. 9749, (A. Coomarasamy, W.M.G.Seneviratne, C.N. Wickramasinghe)
Cost effective treatment method based on enclosed anaerobic septic tank digester     coupled with diffused aeration aerobic process (1998),  Sri Lanka   patent No. 11396 (W.M.G. Seneviratne)
Manufacture of porous polymer profile (Tubular, Square,Etc) by extrusion-sintering process  (soaker hose for drip irrigation) (2003) - Joint patent by Samson International Ltd. and RRISL (H.N.K.K. Chandralal, A.H.L.R. Nilmini, W.M.G. Seneviratne, S.M.A. Samarakoon
   
   
 
   
 
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Additional Director
V H L Rodrigo , PhD adrrisl@sltnet.lk

Graduated from Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya in 1985. Obtained MSc from university of Essex, Uk & PhD from University of Wales, UK. Won 12 awards including several Presidential Research Awards, General Research committee award of SLAAS, Young scientists’ award of NASTEC and two National awards for excellence in agriculture research of SLCARP. Authored over 150 research & technical articles.Began the research career in 1986 at RRISL as a junior researcher.

 
   
 
   
 
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Deputy Director Research (Biology)
Mrs. Priyani Seneviratne , PhD ddrbiorrisl@gmail.com

Has over 30 years research carrier and many research publications. Has obtained the BSc degree from University of Peradeniya. Trained at United States, Department of Agriculture, U.S.A. on Plant Tissue Culture and Nursery Techniques. PhD degree from University of Bath, U.K. on Micropropagation of Hevea and early detection of rubber clones using biosynthetic rate, detected from precursors with labeled carbon.

The research and development areas of interest are rubber seed production, development of young budding technique and nursery practices, improving quality budwood nursery management, and immature upkeep harvesting and plant tissue culture.

 
   
 
 
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