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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
115819
Status
Published
Date of creation
2020-11-29 17:40 UTC (sec@env.gov.lk)
Date of publication
2020-11-30 15:43 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Sri Lanka
Profile of the Expert
Dr. Amitha as an agriculture researcher at the Department of Agriculture (DOA) from 1984, for about 26 years served in all three climatic zones (Dry, Intermediate and Wet) of the country. She contributed the food and nutritional security in the country through her research on varietal development. Next 7 years from 2011-2017, she was given the responsibility in agriculture research management. She led the Grain Legume and Oil Crop Research and Development programme of DOA as an Additional Director of Angunakolapelassa.  She do have experience on vegetables and fruit crops during her carrier at DOA. Being the Director (Rice Research and Development) in the DOA, she played the dynamic role, by leading her team in the direction of success in achieving the vision of the DOA through the strategic plan in achieving goals set for Rice Research and Development. She worked with academia and also served in several advisory committees including some foreign funded projects.
Personal Information
Coordinates
Dr. Amitha Bentota
Ministry of Agriculture, 288, Sri Jayawardenapura Mawatha, Rajagiriya
Colombo, Western
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 (0)71 443 6857
Email:amithabentota@gmail.com
Gender
  • Female
Nationalities
  • Sri Lankan
Date of birth
1957
Place of birth
Sri Lanka
Current employment
Employer / Organization
Department of Agriculture
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Department / Division / Unit
Head Office
Start date
2018
Main responsibilities
Provide the expertise knowledge to the  relevant scientists, committees and organizations.
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Sri Lanka
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Director General of Agriculture
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Main areas of responsibility
Develop rice varieties to the objectives of rice breeding programme in Sri Lanka.
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
B.Sc. In Agriculture
Name of academic institution
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Start date
1978
Ending date
1982
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
Ph.D. in Biology (Genetics and Plant Breeding)
Name of academic institution
School of Biology, University of Birmingham
Start date
1992
Ending date
1995
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
A Biotechnology Short Course for Developing Countries-2012 at Michigan State University, USA
Regional Training Course on Application of Molecular Marker Technology for induced mutants-2001 International Rice Research Institute, Philippines
QtL mapping in Arabidopsis thaliana - 1993 at University of Birmingham
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Plant breeding
  • Botany, forestry and plant agricultural sciences
  • Field trial regulation/inspection
  • Agricultural and rural development
Publications
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
Bentota, A.P., Weerasinghe B.G.D.S., Paranagama D.C.M. and Wicramanayaka W.A.N. N.(2013) Iron toxicity tolerant recently released rice varieties. Tropical Agriculturist VOL 161, 2013 page 1-18
Rathnayake N. R. M. K. N. D,  Bentota A. P, Dissanayake D. M. N,  Perera K. L. N. S,  Sooriyapathirana S. D. S. S and  Jayasekera1G. A. U.  DNA Markers RM 464A and RM 219 Haplotypes are Effective in Selecting Sub-1 locus for the Introgression of Submergence Tolerance into New Rice Varieties. Ceylon Journal of Science (Bio. Sci.) 41 (2): 125-136, 2012
Bentota A. P., Wejesundara, S.M., Ranathunga, U.K.D.N.N. and Nelumsheeli G.D.,  (2010) Traditional Rice Varieties with High Adaptability and Stability for Organic Farmers in Sri Lanka. Tropical Agriculturist (2010)
List of other publications
Bentota A.P., Senadhira D. and Lawrence M.J. (1997) Genetic analysis of new plant     type in rice (Oryza sativa L.) with the view of exploiting yield potential. Tropical Agriculturist Research 1997.  9:35-48
Bentota A.P., Senadhira D. and Lawrence M.J. (1998) Quantitative genetics of rice. III the potential of a pair of new plant type crosses. Field Crops Research, 1998.  55:267-273   
Bentota A.P. (1996). The genetics of new plant type in rice. IRRN 21:1 pp11.
Bentota A.P.(2006) Mutation improvement of rice variety Bw-267-3 for red pericarp grains and lodging resistance. Plant Mutation Report. Vol.1, No.1. p. 42 - 43.
Bentota A.P., Priyantha G.D.A., Rohini E.A.S and Chandana H.G.J., (2008).Variability among mutants derived from the rice variety Bw361.  Annals of the Sri Lanka Department of Agriculture 2008.10:31-36.
Bentota A.P. and Weerasingha B.G.D.S. (2005) Iron toxicity tolerance in some traditional rice varieties in Sri Lanka. Annals of the Sri Lanka Department of Agriculture 2005. 7:337-339
Bentota A. P., Wejesundara, S.M., Ranathunga, U.K.D.N.N. and Nelumsheeli G.D.,  (2010) Traditional Rice Varieties with High Adaptability and Stability for Organic Farmers in Sri Lanka. Tropical Agriculturist 2010. 158: 61-69
Bentota A.P. (2004)  Rice varietal development for iron toxic soils in Sri Lanka. World  Rice Research Conference. Abstract 2004. Tsukuba International Centre,Tsukuba,Japan. p.328
Bentota, A.P., Weerasinghe B.G.D.S., Paranagama D.C.M. and Wicramanayaka W.A.N. N.(2010) New improved rice varieties for iron toxic rice soils in Sri Lanka. Abstract. Rice congress (08-12 November, 2010). Hanoi,Vietname
Bentota.A.P., Jinadasa, G.A., Abeysiriwardene, D.S.de. Z., Wanigasuriya, S.C, Weerasinghe, B.G.D.S, and Silva, N.P.S. 2010. Rice variety improvement for the wet zone of Sri Lanka. Rice congress 2010. Department of Agriculture, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka :29-54.
Bentota, A.P., Weerasinghe B.G.D.S., Paranagama D.C.M. and Wicramanayaka W.A.N. N.(2013).  Iron toxicity tolerant recently released rice varieties. Tropical Agriculturist 2013.161:1-18
Padmananda H.A. P., Herath H. M. T., Rajapakse D., Ediriweera N. and Bentota A.P.,     (2007). Evaluation of rice grain quality in some Sri Lankan rice varieties. Sri Lanka  Association for the Advancement of Science, Proceedings of the 63rd Annual Session Part 1 -Abstract
Herath H. M. T., Rajapakse D., Ediriweera N., and Bentota A.P., (2007). Screening of traditional rice varieties of Sri Lanka for micro nutrients; Iron, Zinc and Phosphorus. Sri Lanka  Association for the Advancement of Science, Proceedings of the 63rd Annual Session Part 1 -Abstract
Abeysekera W.K.S.M., Somasiri H.P.P.S., Premakumara G.A.S., Bentota A.P., Rajapakse D., Ediriweera N., (2008).Cooking and eating traits of some Sri Lanka traditional rice varieties across yala and maha season. Tropical Agricultural Reasearch 2008. 20:168-176.
Rathnayake N. R. M. K. N. D,  Bentota A. P, Dissanayake D. M. N,  Perera K. L. N. S,  Sooriyapathirana S. D. S. S and  Jayasekera1G. A. U.,  (2012) DNA Markers RM 464A and RM 219 Haplotypes are Effective in Selecting Sub-1 locus for the Introgression of Submergence Tolerance into New Rice Varieties. Ceylon Journal of Science (Bio. Sci.) 2012. 41 (2): 125-136
Illangakoon, T. K., Marambe, B., Keerthisena, R.S.K., Bentota, A.P., Kulatunge, S., Kumar, V. and Ismail, A..(2017). Performance of Anaerobic Germination-Tolerant Rice Varieties in Direct Seeding: Effects on Stand Establishment, Weed Growth and Yield under Different Seeding Rates. Tropical Agriculture Research 2017. 29(1)
Illangakoon, T. K., Somarathne, J.M.N.P., Paththinige, S.S., Piyasiri, C. H. Keerthisena, R. S. K., Bentota, A.P., Udawela, U.A.K.S.,   Weerakoon, W.M.W., and Marambe, B., (2017). Screening of rice lines for drought resistance under imposed drought stress during the reproductive and grain filling stages. Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Agriculture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka. 6th October 2017. Pp 11-24.
Piyasiri, C.H. , Illangakoon, T.K., Keerthisena, R.S.K., Bentota, A.P., Weerakoon, W.M.W., Iqbal, Y.B.,  Rebeira, S. P., Gunapala, K.R.D., Sarathchandra, S.G., Mandanayake, M.A.R.A. and Somarathne, J.M.N.P.. (2017) Evaluation and characterization of promising exotic aerobic rice lines. Annals of the Sri Lanka Department of Agriculture. 19 (2):189-194.
Premakumara G.A.S., W.K.S.M. Abeysekara, W.D. Rathnasooriya, N.V. Chandrasekheran, A. P. Bentota (2013) Antioxident, anti-amylase and ani-glycation potential of brans of some Sri Lankan traditional and improved rice (Oryza sativa L. ) varieties. ELSEVIER. Journal of Cereal science 58 (2013) 451-456
Gunarathna Anil, KAO Wu, Dongqin Li, Amitha Bentota, Harold Corke, Yi-Zong Cai (2013) Anti-oxidant activity and Nutritional Quality of traditional red-grained rice varieties containing proanthocyanidins.  ELSEVIER. Food chemistry 138 (2013) 1153-1161
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
Senadhira Rice Research Awards year 2018 by International Rice Research Institute, Philippines
International Rice Research Institute Alumni Awards year 2014 in recognition of   achieving in rice research management.
Best scientist award ASDA 2011, Department of Agriculture for contribution of Agriculture Research
Professional memberships
Life member of Sri Lanka Association of Science (SLAAS)
Life member of National  Science Association (NSF)
Member of Alumina Association of university of Birmingham
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
TEG (technical expert group) member on risk assessment in biosafety under FAO-UN project from 2018 to date
Chairperson of working group on milled rice scientific standardization in SLSI 2017-2018
Member in Advisory committee CORIGAP of International Rice Research Institute, (IRRI) representing Sri Lanka from 2014- 2017
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Singhalese
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
References
References
Dr. S D Jayawardena
Agriculture Department
Kandy
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 71 424 5823
Email:gerry.jayawardena@gmail.com
Prof. Mangala Zoysa
Professor
University of Ruhuna
Matara
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 (0)41 222 6868,+94 (0)77 605 1540
Email:mangalaxyz@yahoo.com
Additional Information
Additional Information
She has served as a consultant to the Community based Agro Bio- Diversity Management Project under Li-Bird and Green Movement of Sri Lanka (GMSL) from 2010 to 2017.