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Antiviral properties of tea: Black Tea may become the unique brew of choice with no side effects to fight against Corona virus?


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Signing of MOU with Michigan State University


A ceremonial signing of MOU for Academic & Research Co-operation between TRISL and Michigan State University was held ...

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“Bakmaha Divruma” - National Pledge to Eradicate Drug Menace


The staff of the TRISL also has pledged the “Bakmaha Divruma”...

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Japanese Delegation to TRISL


Japanese Delegation to TRISL for a verification survey on disseminating Japanese Technology of “Tea Ingredients Analyzer".
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Notice to All Tea Growers


Detection of MCPA Residue in Sri Lankan Tea...

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The Division engages in research on development of integrated pest management strategies to ensure sustainable and safe living and working environments in the tea eco system.


In addition, analytical services for the diagnosis of pest and nematode infestations are also rendered through laboratories at Talawakelle, Ratnapura, Kandy and Deniyaya.

Key Research Areas

  • Development of biological, cultural, chemical and non-chemical methods in the management of insect, nematode and mite pests of tea and associated crops
  • Development of sustainability indices on pest densities, soil microbial activity, earthworm, nematode, butterfly, frog, dragonfly and bird populations as indicators of different cultivation techniques and climate change
  • Scientific validation of best practices of traditional and local practices
  • Development of methods to eliminate and control biological contaminations in made tea and value-added tea

 

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Major Achievements

  • Incorporation of non-chemical methods in IPM packages
  • Successful implementation of classical biological control for Tea Tortrix management
  • Introduction of locally available bio-control agents, parasites and predators for effective management of mites and Nematodes
  • Introduction of alternatives for POP chemicals in tea cultivation
  • Phasing out of Methyl Bromide with appropriate chemical and non-chemical substitutes and declaration of Sri Lankan tea as ozone friendly
  • Recommendations for the adherence of REIs (Restricted Entry Intervals) for commonly used pesticides
  • Nursery hygiene with sedimentation tanks to ensure soil-borne pathogen free planting material
  • Initiation of the world’s first organic and biodynamic tea experimental trial plots
  • Establishment of Central Biological Control Laboratory
  • Guidance for pioneering organic and biodynamic tea production and exports in the world
  • Establishment of indicators of health of workers long exposed to agro-chemicals

 

 
 
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