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Dimanthi Jayatilake

Country of origin: Sri Lanka Currently in: Sri Lanka, Kandy General field of specialization: Agricultural Sciences
Early Career Fellowship
Academic Background


2014 Doctorate Agricultural Sciences
2010 Master Agricultural Sciences
2007 Undergraduate Agricultural Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Agricultural Sciences

Pre-breeding activities on biotic and abiotic stress resistance/ tolerance in rice

Research Keywords: 
QTL mapping
Marker-assisted selection
Crop Improvement

Publications resulting from Research: 

Senavirathne, W. M. A., Jayatilake, D. V, Herath, V., & Wickramasinghe, H. A. M. (2017). Evaluation of genetic diversity of cis-acting elements of Abscisic acid responsive element binding protein (ABRE-BP) in selected Sri Lankan rice varieties. Tropical Agricultural Research, 28(2).

Nagalla, A. D., Jayatilake, D. V, Herath, V., & Wickramasinghe, M. (2017). The molecular evolution of Ghd7 orthologs is not in line with the speciation events in genus Oryza. Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, 45(3), 229–237. jnsfsr.v45i3.8187

Nagalla AD, Jayatilake DV, Herath V and Suriyagoda L: Evaluating the growth performance of two Azotobactor spp. in liquid glucose broth and tryptic peptone broth as an inoculation media for the production of bio-fertilizers. Journal of Tropical Agricultural Research 2016, 28 (1):100-106

Jayaweera JKPTP, Herath HMVG, Jayatilake DV, Udumulla GS and Wickramasinghe HAM 2016. Physiological, biochemical and proteomic responses of rice (Oryza sativa L.) varieties Godaheenati and Pokkali for drought stress at the seedling stage. Tropical Agricultural Research 2016, 27 (2): 159– 170

Jayatilake DV, Tucker EJ, Brüggemann J, Lewis J, Garcia M, Dreisigacker S, Hayden M, Chalmers K and Mather DE: Genetic mapping of the Cre8 locus for resistance against cereal cyst nematode (Heterodera avenae Woll.) resistance in wheat. Molecular Breeding 2015, 35(2):1-12 (IF: 2.246)

Jayatilake DV, Tucker EJ, Bariana H, Kuchel H, Edwards J, McKay AC, Chalmers K, Mather DE: Genetic mapping and marker development for resistance of wheat against the root lesion nematode Pratylenchus neglectus. BMC Plant Biology 2013, 13:230. (IF: 3.81)

Jayatilake DV, Bai GH, Dong YH: A novel quantitative trait locus for Fusarium head blight resistance in chromosome 7A of wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 2011, 122(6):1189-1198. (IF: 3.79)

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 

Workshop and Conference Attended

2013 Japan The 12th International Wheat Genetics Symposium

Presentation given

Identification of a novel QTL for Fusarium head blight resistance on wheat chromosome 7A.
United States of America
Event: U.S. Wheat Genomics Workshop
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Mar 2007
Dr. J. W. L. Peiris gold medal in Agricultural Biology
awarded by the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka for academic excellence
Aug 2009
Louis P. and Elva G. Reitz Scholarship
Awarded by the Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University, USA for academic excellence and dedication to the profession in plant breeding
Sep 2009
Ray I. Throckmorton Scholarship f
Awarded by the Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University, USA for academic excellence and dedication to the profession
Jan 2010
Gamma Sigma Delta Agriculture honor society
outstanding graduate student MS research award of Gamma Sigma Delta Agriculture honor society, Kansas State University Chapter, USA
Jan 2010
Kansas State University outstanding international graduate student award
awarded by the Rotary club of Manhattan, Kansas, USA
Mar 2011
Adelaide Scholarship International
awarded by University of Adelaide, Australia
Aug 2012
Best presentation in plant pathology – Postgraduate Symposium 2012
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide (Australasian Plant Pathology Society, South Australia)
Jun 2017
University Research Grant
Principle investigator - "Screening of Bacterial Leaf Blight Resistance Alleles of Xa4, xa5, xa4, xa7 and Xa21 in selected Sri Lankan Varieties using High Throughput Molecular Marker Assays"
Jan 2017
University Reserach Grant
Co-investigator - Analysis of the phenotypic and genotypic expression of Bacterial Leaf Blight (BLB) resistance genes in Rice”
Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship awarded

Early Career Fellowship awarded 2018

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