Press release and images on Dilmah Conservation Webinar on Lichens and Nitrogen Pollution By Dr. Gothamie Weerakoon & Dr. Ajinkya Deshpande from Dilmah
A public talk has been organised to help spread awareness on the effects of nitrogen pollution, including enhanced ammonia levels, on sensitive forests ecosystems and about lichens as Nitrogen pollution indicators. The aforementioned webinar, ‘Ammonia in Forests: How Much is Too Much?’, will be hosted by Dr. Ajinkya Deshpande, Environmental Ecologist from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and
Dr. Gothamie Weerakoon, Senior Curator of Lichens and Slime Moulds at the Natural History Museum of London.
The researchers, Deshpande and Weerakoon, are visiting the island this March, with the rest of their team to embark on the next phase of an ongoing international research facilitated by Dilmah Conservation in partnership with the UKRI GCRF South Asian Nitrogen Hub (SANH), and the University of Peradeniya. This research will enable a better understanding of how nitrogen affects ecosystems and provide information on how to improve nitrogen management in agriculture. Dilmah Conservation’s One Earth Climate Change Centre, located at the Queensbury Estate in Nawalapitiya, was chosen as the research premises and the rich lichen population at the Centre will be used as indicators, to investigate the forest ecosystem changes against nitrogen levels, in addition to selected plots at the Rilagala Forest Reserve adjoining the Estate.
Dilmah Conservation understands that sustainable and cohesive solutions for mitigating and adapting to the climate crisis stem from thorough scientific research. Dilmah Conservation’s Climate Change Centre is the first corporate-owned climate change research station in Sri Lanka. Since its establishment in 2017, the Centre has facilitated 11 researches, while 2 international and 3 national researches are ongoing.
Scientific research best serves its purpose when its findings are shared with the community at large. All those interested in learning more about lichens and nitrogen pollution are invited for the public webinar on the 9th of March 2022, from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM via Zoom. Register here: https://bit.ly/3JWAHsT
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