Proceedings of International Forestry and Environment Symposium

This symposium is a forum for researchers in the fields of Natural Resources Management, to present their research findings, and networking with policy makers and industry.

The Forestry and Environment Symposium is an annual event organized by the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura since 1995. Since 2005 it is conducted as an international conference drawing research scientists, experts and academics from all over the world providing a forum for national and international scientists and professionals in the field of Environment and Natural Resource sectors to present their research findings, and network with policy makers and industry.



Vol 22 (2017): 22nd International Forestry and Environment Symposium 2017

Table of Contents

Forestry and Natural Resource Management

Floristic Composition and Carbon Sequestration of "Indikada Mukalana" Forest Reserve, Waga; A Lowland Wet Evergreen Forest in Sri Lanka PDF
K.A.J.M. Kuruppuarachchi, B.D. Madurapperuma, G. Seneviratne
Impacts of Selected Fungal Toxins on the Inducement of Agarwood in Gyrinops walla PDF
S.M.C.U.P. Subasinghe, S.V. Withanage, T.H.P.S. Fernando
Mangrove Conservation in the Coastal Areas of Lala, Lanao del Norte, Philippines: Management Strategies and Impacts on the Status of the Mangrove Forest PDF
A.M. Baclado, W.T. Tatil
Coastal Community’s Knowledge, Attitude and Perception on Beach Forest Ecosystem Services in Socorro, BucasGrande Islands, Surigao del Norte, Philippines: Factors Affecting their Utilization and Management PDF
E.H.C. Collao, W.T. Tatil
Comparison of Seasoning Defects due to Different Kilns and Kiln Schedules for Teak PDF
Arachchi C.M.E., Amarasekara H.S.
Evaluation of Cutting Time and Waste Generation in Different Band Sawmills in Sri Lanka with Special Reference to Teak Timber PDF
Abeykoon A.M.C., Amarasekara H.S.
Beach Forest Characterisation in two Coastal Barangays in Socorro, Bucas Grande Island, Surigao del Norte, Philippines PDF
Nini J.M.S., Tatil W.T.
Monitoring Growth Performance of Naturally Regenerated Woody Species in an Enriched Pine Stand, Sri Lanka PDF
J. Jayawardhane, A.M.T.A. Gunaratne
Temporal Changes Mediated by Sri Lankan Sponge Haliclona (Soestella) sp Crude Extract in in vitro Phagocytic Activity of Wistar Rats’ Peritoneal Macrophages PDF
L.M.S.M. Rathnayake, P.V. Udagama, B.G.D.N.K. De Silva, K.V.K. Gunathilake
Antimicrobial Properties of Selected Plant Species in the Ussangoda and Yodhaganawa Serpentines. PDF
K.B.K.P Karunarathna, P.S. Saputhanthri
Variation of Chemical Compounds of Naturally and Artificially Formed Agarwood Resins in Gyrinops walla PDF
W.N.H. de Alwis, S.M.C.U.P. Subasinghe, D.S. Hettiarachchi
Isolation of Associated Fungal Species in Aquilaria and Gyrinops Species of Family Thymelaeaceae PDF
A.N.G.C.K. Vidurangi, S.M.C.U.P. Subasinghe, K.M.E.P. Fernando
Potential of Making Fungal Toxins at Commercial Scale for Agarwood Inducement PDF
R.A.P. Malithi, S.M.C.U.P. Subasinghe, T.H.P.S. Fernando
Variation of Volatile Oil Contents and Constituents in Lesser Known Plant Species for Formulating Mosquito Repellents PDF
W.M.M. Weerasinghe, S.M.C.U.P. Subasinghe, D.S. Hettiarachchi
Sustainable utilisation of Eppawala Rock Phosphate mediated by Phosphate Solubilizing Microbes: A timely action PDF
R.K.R.S. Ranasinghe, C.M. Naayakkara

Waste Management and Pollution Control

Utilization of Marine Fishery Wastes for Protease Production by Halophilic Bacterium Halolactibacillus Miurensis RSK CAS7- A Microbial Approach PDF
R. Sathishkumar, G. Ananthan, M. Anand, S.S. Sobana, M. Ibrahim
Effect of Used Lubricating Oil Contaminated Soil on Seed Germination and Early Growth Performance of Wild -Type Legume, Crotalaria retusa L. PDF
S.S. Walakulu Gamage, K. Masakorala, M.T. Brown, S.M.K. Widana Gamage
Use of Photocatalysis for Degradation of Glyphosate in Potable Water of CKDu Prevalent Areas PDF
P.P. Jayasekara, S. Gunarathna, B. Gunawardana, M. Jayaweera, J. Manatunge, K. Zoysa
Evaluate the Efficiency of Bioballs and Ceramic rings for the Treatment of Industrial Wastewater PDF
W.S. Kaushalya, N.J.G.J. Bandara, S.K.L.S. Rupasinghe
Screening Foliage Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement PDF
M.M.N. Randani, H.I.U. Caldera, M.N. Kaumal
Bacterial Remediation of Ciprofloxacin (CIP) by CIP Resistance Bacteria Isolated from Environment Samples PDF
G.Y. Liyanage, P.M. Manage
Effect of Broiler Slaughter Waste Compost on Seed Germination and Growth Performance of Selected Crop Plants PDF
N.U.S. Dissanayake, N. J.G.J. Bandara, K.M.E.P. Fernando
Removal of heavy metals and nutrients from wastewater using Salvinia molesta and Lemna gibba PDF
M.L.D.D. Abeywardhana, N.J.G.J. Bandara, S.K.L.S. Rupasinghe
Suitability of Clay Water Filter for the Removal of Nephrotoxic Constituents in CKDu Prevalent Areas PDF
S.Y.S. Dulshan, M.I. Sudasinghe, M.W. Jayaweera, J.M.A. Manatunge, W.B. Gunawardane
Extraction and Characterisation of Cellulose Materials from Sri Lankan Agricultural Waste PDF
M.P.A. Nanayakkara, W.G.A. Pabasara, A.M.P.B. Samarasekara, D.A.S. Amarasinghe, L. Karunanayake
Comparative Assessment of Trace Element Accumulation in Traditional and Improved Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Varieties Grown with Organic, Chemical and Non-Fertilizers PDF
M.K.J.C. Rajatheja, R. Chandrajith, A. Bentota, G.Y. Jayasinghe
Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Assisted Cadmium Removal by Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms) in Polluted Soil and Water PDF
D.N.M. Gunathilaka, P.N. Yapa, R.P. Hettiarachchi
Sustainable Way to Minimize the Solid Fabric Wastes using Peroxidase Extracts of Ipomoea palmate Forssk. and Saccharum officinarum L. PDF
A.A.P.H. Abeysinghe, M. Munasinghe, A. Appuhamy
Rice Husk Char-Clay Composite for the Adsorption of Methylene Blue Dye PDF
N.Z. Mohamed, A.S.N. Baanu, B. Keerthana, B.M.W.P.K. Amarasinghe
Investigation of the Presence of Heavy Metals in Plastic Toys Available in Sri Lankan Market PDF
A. Ratnakumar, A.A.P. De Alwis, S.U. Adikary

Climate Change

Mapping Topographic and Vegetation Bioshield Mass Recovery along the Shoreline Using Kite Aerial Photography PDF
B.D. adurapperuma, J.E. Dellysse, K.A.J.M. Kuruppuarachchi, G.K.P. Dissanayake
Impacts of Meteorological Parameters on the Abundance of Malaria Vector in Batticaloa District, Sri Lanka PDF
D.N. Kannangara, R.M.T.B. Ranathunge, W. Abeyewickreme, M.D. Hapugoda, S.M.C.U.P. Subasinghe
Eddy Covariance Measurements of Carbon dioxide (CO2) Exchange in Pichavaram Mangrove Ecosystem, Southeast Coast of India PDF
P. Gnanamoorthy, V. Selvam, S. Chakraborty, D. Pramit, A. Karipot
An Assessment of Health Hazards in Urban Communities: A Study of Spatial Temporal Variations and Trends of Dengue Epidemic in Colombo, Sri Lanka PDF
U.T.G Perera, C.M.K.N.K. Chandrasekara
A Validation of Observed Meteotsunami in the West Coast of Sri Lanka with European Centre of Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) Modelled Data PDF
K.W. Indika, M. Ranagalage, A. Harischandra, Wijerathne E.M.S.
Awareness of Paddy Farmers on Climate Change and Its Impact on Crop Production: A Study in Kalthota Irrigation Scheme PDF
B.M.R.L. Basnayake, W.M.T.B. Weddagala, R.P. Mahaliyanaarachchi, P. Sivasankar, M.S. Elapata
From Second National Communication to Third National Communication for the UNFCCC: Sri Lanka’s Progress PDF
D.M.S.H.K. Ranasinghe

Sustainable Tourism

Corporate Water Stewardship through Water Neutrality: A Case Study on the First Waterneutral® Apparel Factory in Asia PDF
D.K.L. Senadheera, W.M.P.S.B. Wahala, S. Weragoda, L. Herath
Forecasting Foreign Guest Nights in Ancient Cities of Sri Lanka PDF
K.M.U.B. Konarasinghe
How Bio-physical Impacts of Campsite-Use affect Camping Experiences at Highly-visited National Parks of Sri Lanka PDF
S.T. Mallikage, P.K.P. Perera, S.A. Wettasinghe
Interdisciplinary Approach in Finding Integrated Management Solutions to Complex Issues: Case of CKDu in Sri Lanka PDF
M. Ranasinghe

Biodiversity and Ecological Health

Variation of Lichen Diversity along an Elevation Gradient in the Hantana Mountain Range in Sri Lanka PDF
W.A.M.T. Weerathunga, A.M.G.K. Athappaththu
Hypoglycemic Effects of Nyctanthes arbor-tristis L Flower Extract in vitro PDF
G.P.V.C.N. Nanayakkara, C. Padumadasa, D.C. Peiris
Foraging behaviour of endemic Dull-blue Flycatcher Eumyias sordidus Volden 1870, (Passeriformes: Muscicapidae) in Tropical montane cloud forests of Sri Lanka. PDF
W.D.S.C. Dharmarathne, W.A.D Mahaulpatha
Habitat Selection of the Grey Slender Loris (Loris lydekkerianus) in the Popham’s Arboretum, Dambulla, Sri Lanka PDF
P. Weerarathna, M.R. Wijesinghe
Does Over-Dominance of Bambusa bambos alter the Abundance and Composition of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal Community? PDF
M.G.U.A. Millangoda, H.M.S.P. Madawala
Seed Dormancy and Germination Requirements of Two Endemic Palm Species of Sri Lanka PDF
N.S. Gama-Arachchige, A.A.C.B Alahakoon
Macrohabitat Selection of the Endemic Endangered Frog Fejervarya greenii (Amphibia: Dicroglossidae) in and around Lentic Water Bodies at Horton Plains National Park PDF
M.C. Prabhath, E.G.D.P. Jayasekara, W.A.D. Mahaulpatha
Urban Adaptive Avifauna: A Case Study from Peradeniya, Sri Lanka PDF
H.G.S.S. Galappaththi, C.S. Wijesundara
Antioxidant, Cytotoxic and Antibacterial Activities of Methanol Extracts from Smilax zeylanica L. Root and Rhizome PDF
H.M.N.R Malge, N. Dannushika, L.D. Peiris
Ability of the Native Antagonistic Fungi Against Rigidoporus microporus, to tolerate the Usage of Fungicides for White Root Disease in Rubber Growing Soil in Sri Lanka PDF
P.W. Balasooriya, T.H.P.S. Fernando, O.V.D.S.J. Weerasena
Comparative Phytochemical Screening and Chromatography Development to Determine the Suitability of Stem Parts of Justiciaadhatoda (Adhathoda) in the Preparation of Standardise Herbal Drugs PDF
W.M.A.S. Wellawatta, M. Munasinghe, P Jeewandara, T.K. Nawarathne
A Comparative Morphological and Anatomical Study of two Memecylon Species: Memecylon umbellatum Burm. f. and Memecylon angustifolium Wight. (Melastomataceae) in Sri Lanka PDF
T.M.S.D. Karunarathne, I.U. Kariyawasam, C. Padumadasa
Screening of Different Hevea brasiliensis Clones Based on the Reaction to Phytophthora Bark Rot PDF
M.K.R. Silva, T.H.P.S. Fernando, B.I. Tennakoon
The Potential Use of Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) as Antagonists and Biocontrol Agents in Hevea Diseases PDF
L.H.S.N. Gunarathne, T.H.P.S. Fernando
Food Preference of Endemic Sri Lanka Yellow-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus penicillatus) in Breeding and Non-breeding seasons at Horton Plains National Park PDF
P.H.S.P. Chandrasiri, W.A.D. Mahaulpatha
Behaviour Associated with Habitat Utilization of Endangered Black-Cheek Lizard (Calotes nigrilabris) in the Grasslands of Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka PDF
E.G.D.P. Jayasekara, M.C. Prabhath, W.A.D. Mahaulpatha
Butterfly Assemblages in Two Different Habitats in Lowland Wet Zone, Sri Lanka PDF
M.U.H. Peiris, N. Pallewatta, C.D. Dangalle, S. Wijesundara
Evaluation of the Accumulation Status of Microcystin; LR in Rice (Oryza sativa) Grains PDF
M.M. Wijewickrama, M M Manage
Host Resistance to Parasitism: Do Older Tadpoles of Polypedates crucigers bear Higher Resistance towards Pleurolophocercous cercariae? PDF
N.U.K. Pathirana, M. Meegaskubura, R.S. Rajakaruna
A GIS-Based Effort to Identify a Potential Movement Corridor for Western Purple-Faced Langur (Semnophithecus vetulusnestor), between Labugama-Kalatuwawa and Indikada Forest Reserves in Colombo District of Sri Lanka PDF
P.A.B.G. Panagoda, V.P.A. Weerasinghe
Importance of Breeding Ecology and Territorial Behaviour of Indian Black Robin (Saxicoloides fulicata leucoptera) for its Conservation PDF
S. Wickramasinghe, K.M.A. Nandapala, D.L. Muthuthanthirige
Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Fecal Matter of Wild Elephants (Elephas maximus) PDF
J.A.A.W.L. Jayasekara, K.G.D.De.A. Abeysinghe, D.M.J.C. Dissanayake, R.P.G. Vandercone, T.C. Bamunuarachchige
Habitat Preferences and Distribution Modelling of the Endangered Frog Pseudophilautus zorro PDF
U.A.L.D. Rupasinghe, K.D.B. Ukuwela, R.P.G. Vandercone
Divergence in Pigmentation as a Result of Wet Forests in an Insular Population of Flameback Woodpeckers PDF
R.W. Ranasinghe, S.S. Seneviratne
The Significance of Plant Variety Protection System: A Sri Lankan Perspective PDF
P.M.A.S. Pathiraja
Structure and Diversity of Vocalisation of an Endemic Forest Bird (Brown-Capped Babbler Pellorneum fuscocapillus) Across the Climatic Gradient in Sri Lanka PDF
P.P. Panduwawala, S. Wickramasinghe, S.S. Senevirathne

Geology, Soil and Water Resource Management

Chemical Speciation Comparison of Drinking Water in North Central Province: An Affected Area of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka PDF
K.A.D.H. Perera, J.A. Liyanage
Stream Flow Modeling In Gin River Basin Using Swat Cup PDF
E.W.D.M. Ellawidana, C.M. Navaratne
Performance of Landfill Leachate Treatment from Laterite Based Soil-Layering System: A Laboratory Scale Investigation PDF
I.V.K. Nayanthika, D.T. Jayawardana, R.M.T.D. Madusanka
Studies of Environmental Hazards and Groundwater Potential Zones of Arkavathi Catchment of Greater Bangalore Area, Karnataka, South India PDF
G. Venkatesha, B.T. Shivendra, H.K. Ramaraju, G. Chandrakanth
Cyanobacteria and Geosmin: The Influence of Nitrogen versus Phosphorous PDF
S.S. Ganegoda, S.D.M. Chinthaka, P.M. Manage
Stabilisation of Dispersive Soil Using Fly Ash, Bottom Ash and Hydrated Lime PDF
A.V.D.T. Sitharika, K.M.L.A. Udamulla
Physico-Chemical and Pathogenic Contamination Status of Groundwater in the Kilinochchi District, Sri Lanka PDF
M.G.Y.L. Mahagamage, I. Abinaiyan, P.M. Manage
Heavy Metal and Water Quality Status of Well, Spring and Reservoir Waters in Medawachchiya, Kebithigollewa and Padaviya in Anuradhapura District PDF
H.A.S.N. Abeysiri, P.M. Manage
Assessment of the Existing Level of Pollution due to Selected Heavy Metals in Surface Sediments of Negombo Lagoon, Sri Lanka PDF
W.Y.J. Amarasiri, D.N. de Silva, V.A. Waduge
Carbon and Nitrogen Mineralisation of Different Soil Amendments in Ultisols PDF
S.R. Amarasinghe, K.P.S.D. Premanatha, S.D. Wanniarachchi
Water Quality and Salmonella spp. Contamination Status of Groundwater in Medirigiriya in Polonnaruwa District, Sri Lanka PDF
M.G.Y.L. Mahagamage, P.M. Manage
Assessment of Chemical and Microbiological Quality of Bottled Drinking Water and Evaluation of Accelerated Shelf Life PDF
S.V. Amarasena, W.A.J.S. Perera, H. Karunarathne, S. Liyange, D. Gunawardene
Socio-Cultural, Ecological and Legal Perspectives on Small Tank Management in a Selected Cascade System in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka PDF
B.P.W. Jayasuriya, D.M.H.S.K. Ranasinghe, C.M. Madduma Bandara, P. Timmerman
Isolation of fungi as biological control agents against water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) PDF
E.M.M.S. Ekanayake, P.M. Manage, G.Y. Liyanage

Environmental Engineering and Green Technology

Thermal Comfort Performances of a Green Roof Modular System Fixed on Gable Roofs PDF
A.G.D.S. Sirisena, R.U. Halwatura, H.M.P.I.K. Herath, G.Y. Jayasinghe
Current Status, Requirements and Opportunities for Green Building in Sri Lanka PDF
S.A.A. Guanwardana, S.A.D.S.S. Maheepala, G.Y. Jayasinghe
Green Building Rating Systems: Present Status, Challenges and Future Perspectives PDF
S.A.D.S.S. Maheepala, M.I. Ukwattage, P.M. Madugoda, G.Y. Jayasinghe
Isolation Purification and Structure Elucidation of Antibacterial Active Compounds from Freshwater Cyanobacterium Lyngbya sp. PDF
W.A.M.A. Wijesekara, P.M. Manage
Bioefficacy of Three Selected Plant Species against the Cowpea Bruchid (Callosobruchus maculatus F.): A Green Paradigm for Post-Harvest Pest Management PDF
P.C.R.K. Tenne, M.M.S.C. Karunaratne
Bio-efficacy of Ruta graveolens Essential Oil and Its Long Chain Aliphatic 2-Methlyl Ketone Constituents on the Egg Hatchability of Corcyra cephalonica (Stainton) PDF
A.G.W.U. Perera, M.M.S.C. Karunaratne, S.D.M. Chinthaka
Solar Cooling – A Green Energy Solution for Reducing Food Losses PDF
M.P.G. Vanniarachchy, A. Bamunuarachchi

Sustainable Land Use and Urban Development

A Study of the Relationship between Ecological Network Patch metrics and Landscape connectivity; with reference to case of Colombo Wetlands PDF
H.E.M.W.G.M.K. Ekanayake, J. Dharmasena
Assessment of Impacts Caused by Granite Quarries on Vegetation: A Case Study in the Kalutara District PDF
Gunarathna M.D.A.M., Ranwala S.M.W.
Chemical Analysis of Organic Fertilizers PDF
Veen H.K.Y.W., Deraniyagala S.P., Cooray P.L.A.T.
Influence of Gender on Perception of Landscape: A Study of Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo PDF
Perera D., Chandrasekara D.P.
The effect of Indole Acetic Acid producing rhizosphere bacteria isolated from forest soil on the seedling vigor, growth of host and non-host plants and host nutrition level of crops grown in different soils PDF
K.M.S.M. Gangathilaka, P.W.I.M. Chandrasekara, S. Hettiarachi
UAV Remote Sensing for delineation of Urban Vegetation using Object Based Image Analysis PDF
N. Munasinghe, U.I Manatunga, H.M.R. Premasiri

Environmental Economics in Resource Management.

Economic analysis of externalities caused by an open dump site: A case study of Meethotamulla dump site Sri Lanka PDF
G.K. Udugama, U.A.D.P. Gunawardena
Estimation of Local Recreational Value of Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanical Garden PDF
M.C.A. Maduwanthika, U.A.D.P. Gunawardene
Analysis of Water Management towards Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation for All); Case Study of WilpitaWewa (Hali-Ella), Kamburupitiya, Sri Lanka PDF
M. U. Thennakoon, U.A.D.P. Gunawardena, U. de Zoysa
Health Damage Cost of Rice Processing Industry of the North Central Province PDF
G. N. Chandrasiri, U.A.D.P. Gunawardena
Social, Economic and Environment Sustainability of Food Crop Production Systems: Sugarcane vs. Maize Production PDF
P.R. Weerakkody, U.A.D.P. Gunawardene, P.M. Dunusinghe
The Visitor Perceptions on Whale-watching Tours based on Mirissa, Sri Lanka PDF
T.G.S.L. Prakash, P.K.P. Perera, N.S. Amarasinghe
Webometric Analysis of Linkages between Environment Related Researchers and Institutes in Sri Lanka PDF
R.R. Ambegala, H.S. Amarasekara

Biomass and Sustainable Energy

Determination of Suitable Poly Bag Diameter for Microalgae Chlorella vulgaris Cultivation for Algal Biodiesel Production PDF
H.M.H.M. Herath, W.B.M.A.C. Bandara, C.P. Rupasinghe
Determining the Reduction of Fossil Fuel Burning and CO2 Emissions in Textile Industry of Sri Lanka through Sustainable Energy Use PDF
B.K.S. Shiwanthi, E. Lokupitiya, S.V. Peiris
Production of Single Cell Protein Using Mixed Culture of Toddy with Banana Fruit Juice: A Cost Effective Method PDF
S. Rajendran, R. Kapilan, S. Vasantharuba


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