Enhancing knowledge for using Biotechnology for Environment Conservation
In an age when populace is exponentially expanding and biodiversity is being drained because of man-made environmental degradation, loss of explicit species, gatherings of species and decrease in number of specific organisms forms are occurring in various parts of the country at a quick pace. These misfortunes are frequently the manifestations of corruption or pulverization in the biological ecosystem or habitat.
Biotechnology today has turned into a useful asset for critical assessment of biodiversity, particularly genetic diversity and therefore the recognizable identification of potential bio-resources. So as to upgrade the knowledge of their students in this limit, Horizon campus recently organized a visit to the Diyasaru Park in Thalawathugoda, which comprises of a wetland spreading more than 60 sections of land including a high density of biodiversity for many species.
With Wetlands being a critical part of the regular environment, assuming a key job in supporting the country’s biological diversity, the reason for the visit was to enable students enhance their knowledge on how wetlands bolster winged animals, fish, land and water proficient and plant species during vital life organizes by giving roosting, nesting and nourishing natural surroundings
The visit to Diyasaru Wetland Park involved the students encountering and interfacing with real nature .It gave them a chance to lead further research and pick up an understanding on different kinds of flora and fauna, butterflies, different types of dragonflies, various types of birds, rare species and immigrant species that live in this wetland.
Dr.Lekha Wanasinghe, Dean of the Faculty of Science at Horizon Campus stated “Biodiversity has environmental and social value. Wetlands have healthy biodiversity and provide essential services to the environment and to our communities. We believe that biotechnology should come to the rescue of mankind by providing greater and efficient means of utilizing the available biodiversity. Once a country attains the capacity to manage its genetic resources, it will automatically be able to produce novel products from its own biodiversity and we hope to train our students to play key role in this sphere in the future, for the industry. The visit to Diyasaru Wetland Park was a part of the real life experiences that we give our students to enhance their learning in working towards gaining ideas and methods to reduce biodiversity decline”.