Professor Eranga has developed the early detection technology for apple anthrax. ublished a paper in Scientific Reports which is the sister journal of Nature, a prominent scholarly journal
According to Kyungil University (President, Hyun Tae Chung) the Sri Lankan professor working in the Department of Emergency Medical Technology published a paper to ‘SCIENTIFIC REPORTS’ which is the sister journal of Nature, by developing the technology for early detection of apple anthrax.
The professor, Ruchire Eranga Wijesinghe (male, 33-years-old) published his article ‘Biophotonic approach for the characterization of initial bitter-rot progression on apple specimens usion optical coherence tomography assessments’ to ‘SCIENTIFIC REPORTS’, a scholarly journal ranking in the top 18% in the world.
According to his paper, whether apples are infected with or not can be diagnosed and so damage from disease and harmful insects could be prevented, resulting from photographing the internal structure of apples by means of a non-destructive inspection with the Association of Agriculture using the medical technology named Optical Coherence Tomography.
The apple anthrax is visible after three to four months of inspection, so has been pointed out as the main cause of damages. By using the horticultural technique called grafting, where tissues of plants are joined and grow together, , insects are removed at the early stage of within 20 days via inspection.
If they inspect the apple tree leaves, it is possible to detect whether they are infected by anthrax or not, even before the trees are in fruit. The professor commutes to orchards located in Sanju and Kunwi for this experiment.
In addition to this article, Professor Eranga is planning to publish another article titled ‘Clinical Utility of Intraoperative Tympanomastoidectomy Assessment Using a Surgical Microscope Integrated with an Optical Coherence Tomograghy’ in December. This technology helps patients suffering from inflammation of the middle ear inspect the dislocation of his retina or cornea.
The professor revealed that the same technique enables damage from disease and harmful insects which occur in pears and persimmons to be diagnosed early. This will make it preventable on farms and contribute raising profits for farmers.
The professor came to Korea in 2007, completed his B.A., M.A., and D.Engat Kyungbuk University, and has been employed as an assistant professor at Kyungil University since March of 2018.