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Dr. Dinum Perera

BSc, MSc, PhD
Teaching programs and modules

BPT 2204: Plant Tissue Culture
BPT 2311: Bioinformatics
BPT 4205: Plant Cell Culture

Selected publications

Indexed & Peer-Reviewed Articles

  1. Perera, D., Z.V. Magbanua, M. Arick II, P. Chouvarine, C.J. Nairn, D. Rokshar, J. Grimwood, J. Schmutz, J. Dean, and D.G. Peterson. 2018. Exploring the loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) genome by BAC sequencing and Cot analysis. Gene 663:165-177.
  2. Perera, D., D.J. Barnes, B.S. Baldwin, and N.A. Reichert. 2015. Mutagenesis of in vitro cultures of Miscanthus × giganteus cultivar Freedom and detecting polymorphisms of regenerated plants using ISSR markers. Ind Crop Prod 65:110-116.
  3. Perera, D., D.J. Barnes, B.S. Baldwin, and N.A. Reichert. 2015. Direct and indirect in vitro regeneration of Miscanthus x giganteus cultivar Freedom: effects of explant type and media on regeneration efficiency. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol 51: 294-302.
  4. Perera, D. and B.W. Trader. 2010. Poinsettia ‘PrestigeTM Red’ (Euphorbia pulcherrima) in vitro propagation. HortScience 45(7):1126-1128.

Abstracts / Extended Abstracts (National & International)

  1. Vivekanathan, K., M. Ranathunga, D. Perera, H. Herath. 2019. Comparison of different RNA extraction protocols: An optimized RNA extraction protocol for tea (Camellia sinensis) leaves. Proceedings of the 4th International Research Symposium on Pure and Applied Sciences: 66.
  2. Gamlath, R.D.S.M., D. Perera, M.A.B. Ranathunga, and D.I. Wathugala. Improving tea (Camelia sineneis) cultivars for shot-hole borer [Xyleborus fornicates] resistance: study on cultivar tolerance and shot-hole borer behavior). Proceedings of International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment: 17.
  3. Grover, C.E., W.S. Sanders, D. Perera, M.A. Arick, D.G. Peterson, J.F. Wendel, J.A. Scheffler, B. Scheffler. 2016. Genome size evolution among closely related species in Gossypium. Proceedings of PAG XXIV: W296.
  4. Perera, D., B.S. Baldwin, and N.A. Reichert. 2012. Tissue culture and induced mutation of giant miscanthus. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol 48:S42.
  5. Perera, D., B. S. Baldwin, and N.A. Reichert. 2011. Optimization of Miscanthus X giganteaus in vitro regeneration. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol 47:S68-S69.
  6. Trader, B.W., M. Gu, A. May, K. Gajanayake, and D. Perera. 2009. Liner drenches of trinexapac-ethyl reduce height of ornamental grasses. Proceeding of Southern Nurs. Assoc. Res. Conf. 54: 391-394.
  7. Perera, D., B.W. Trader, and M. Gu. 2008. Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima Willd.) in vitro proliferation. HortScience 43(4):1098.
  8. Trader, B.W., M. Gu, and D. Perera. 2008. Crop safety of sedge-controlling herbicides in ornamentals. HortScience 43(4):1098
Awards and external recognitions


  • Howell Memorial Scholarship, Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association, Mobile, AL, USA – 2008.


  • Conference Travel Award, American Society of Plant Biologist, Minneapolis, MN, USA – 2015.
  • Conference Travel Award, World Congress on In Vitro Biology, Society for In Vitro Biology, Providence, RI, USA – 2013.
  • Conference Travel Award, World Congress on In Vitro Biology, Society for In Vitro Biology, Bellevue, WA, USA – 2012.
  • Conference Travel Award, International Plant Propagators’ Society, Southern Region of North America, Charlottesville, VA, USA – 2008.


  • American Society of Plant Biologist
  • Mid-south Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society
  • Society for In Vitro Biology
  • International Plant Propagators Society
  • American Society for Horticultural Science
Postgraduate research students


  • K Vivekananthan
  • HDBK Hettiarachchi
  • JOS Balasooriya