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Active engagement in research is the single most important contribution a University can offer to its community. Faculty of Science is in the forefront of knowledge generation and innovation through research in Sri Lanka. Here, students, staff and the community come together in a conducive environment with free thinking space to solve problems, innovate and to advance science.

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Profiling fatty acids in rice for ascertaining human nutrition and health

Rice is the dietary staple for half of the world population. In most Asian countries, the annual per capita consumption of rice is greater than 110 kg and it is reported to provide major nutrients namely carbohydrates, proteins, vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), and also fat in significant quantities. Further, the contribution of rice towards the dietary fat intake in some Southeast Asian countries is high as 17 – 27%.  Nutritionally, foods with low quantities of saturated fatty acids (SFA) and high quantities of unsaturated fatty acids are favorable for the management of hyperlipidemia, cardiovascular diseases, and related complications. Unlike most other foods, rice contains more unsaturated fatty acids i.e., monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) than saturated fatty acids (SFA) and therefore can be considered a nutritionally rich dietary staple in terms of fatty acid profile. Further, it has been shown that rice is abundant in linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid for humans.

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The Himalayan Crossing of Brown-headed Gulls 2022

It is with great excitement that we announce the second Himalayan crossing of a tagged bird of our CAF migration tracking project in Sri Lanka.
After witnessing the trans-Himalayan crossing of our first tagged Brown-headed Gull (Hima Kumari) last year, we have just observed another successful Himalayan crossing. Again, it is another Brown-headed Gull that we tagged in Thalaimannar fishing harbor in Northwestern Sri Lanka on the 30th of March.

A chemical approach to investigate the dietary intake of elements from rice

Being the dietary staple, rice is the main nutritional source of essential trace elements in most Asian countries. However, the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies is high in many countries where diets are based on staple foods such as maize, wheat, rice, and cassava. They provide more energy but are relatively low in essential elements. In the Sri Lankan market, there exists a great diversity of improved, traditional, and imported rice varieties with unique nutritional values.


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Research degrees considered as higher-level academic degrees as the candidates are driven by naturally inquiring minds or a passion to solve problems. A research degree gives candidates the opportunity to conduct their own research to create new knowledge. Therefore, each research degree is unique and differs from another. Each research degree graduate is equipped with the transferable skills essential for challenging and diverse roles in industry as well as in research and academic organizations. Faculty offers MPhil and PhD programs in a number of diverse disciplines.