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Prof.Pushpakumara graduated from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1990 and and joined the Department of Crop Science, University of preadeniya,Sri Lanka. He carried out postgraduate studies in the University of Oxford, UK starting from 1992, and completed the M.Sc. degree in Forestry and its Relation to Land Use in 1993, also completed Ph.D. degree in the same place in mid 1997 in the area of Forest Genetics and Germplasm Conservation.
His areas of teaching and research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, include tree domestication and improvement; assessment and improvement of benefits of agro forestry interventions; conservation and utilization of medicinal plants; impacts of invasive species on biodiversity and ecosystems; and assessment of agro biodiversity and pteridophyte diversity in Sri Lanka. Due to his research contribution to areas of agro forestry, agro biodiversity and tree domestication, he was appointed as the Country Liaison Scientist to the World Agro forestry Centre (ICRAF) since 2004, where he has engaged in networking of tree domestication and agro forestry activities within national agricultural research system, building capacity on agro forestry and tree domestication through establishment of Deans committee within south Asia region and in Sri Lanka in particular, disseminating much needed information on agro forestry and tree domestication via publications, and linking the national scientists with regional centers of excellence. He also serve as a member in many national committees and task forces, and national and international professional associations. He led the team that prepared the second national report for the Convention on Biological Diversity, the National Bio-safety Framework, the National Action Plan for Agro-biodiversity Conservation, and the country report of Forest Genetic Resources of Sri Lanka for the state of world’s forest genetic resources. He has also served as a member of reviewing panels in number of national and international journals. He has published over 60 research papers which include books, book chapters, journal articles and conference papers.