Principal investigator


Dr. Malinda Thilakarathna

Assistant Professor in Agronomy and Plant-microbial Interactions

PhD (Biology), Dalhousie University, NS, Canada

PDF (Plant Microbial Interactions, Agronomy), University of Guelph, Canada

MSc (Crop Science), Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

BSc (Agriculture), Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

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Outstanding Associate Editor – Canadian Journal of Plant Science (2023)

Faculty of ALES Tyrchniewicz Innovative Teaching Award (2023)

Faculty of ALES Teacher of the Year (2023)

Faculty of ALES Research and Innovation Award (2022)

Early Career Agronomist Award (2021) – Canadian Society of Agronomy


Associate Editor in Canadian Journal of Plant Science (2021 – present)

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Pramod Rathor

Project: Effect of soil amendments on plant growth and stress tolerance

Dr. Dhanuja Abesinghe

Project: Plasma-assisted biological nitrogen fixation in pulses

Graduate students

Chathuranga De Silva

PhD Student

Project: Belowground nitrogen transfer from legumes no non-legumes 

Aayushi Rambia

PhD Student

Project: Composed-based bioinoculants on soil microbial diversity under crop rotations

Michele Tran

MSc student

Project: Effect of Cicer milkvetch on soil carbon, nutrient availability, and soil microbiome in mixed prairie grassland

Tianyi Zhao

MSc Student 

Project: Effect of soil amendments on alleviating drought stress

Oshadhi Athukorala Arachchige

MSc Student 

Project: Effect of humic-based soil amendment on symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legumes



Keshav Bhattarai

MSc Student (Co-supervision)

Project: Cropping systems diversification with forage seed crops in terms of productivity, profitability, soil health, nitrogen use efficiency, and greenhouse emission using holos modeling

Prabhat Pandit

MSc Student (Co-supervision)

Project: Long-term fertilization practices on plant drought responses and nutrient uptake performances

Undergraduate Research Assistants



Vianne Rouleau


Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Dr. Rhea Lumactud – Current position: Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University

Graduate Students

Dilrukshi Liyanage (MSc student) – Current position: PhD student at the University of Guelph

Danielito Dollete (MSc student) – Current position: Associate Professor II Rank, Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Undergraduate Students

Michele Tran – Current position: MSc student at the University of Alberta

Vianne Rouleau (NSERC USRA scholar)

Bailey Dickie 

Zachary Burgess-Akitt

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