Sri Lanka is a tropical island with rich diversity in flora and fauna and thus is considered as a biodiversity hotspot. In addition, Sri Lanka has its own rich traditions of indigenous medicinal systems, which have been practiced for many centuries based on knowledge handed down from generation to generation. This provides a rich ethno medical and ethno pharmacological basis for multidisciplinary and collaborative research in plant materials and herbal products.

The field of plant materials and herbal products related research has been recognized by the Sri Lankan government as an area for future investment and growth. The university of Sri Jayewardenepura, identifying the need for enhanced attention in harnessing the potential of readily available indigenous knowledge and herbal resources towards research and development on plant material and herbal products, has established the Centre for Plant Materials and Herbal Products in October 2017 under the patronage of the Vice chancellor Prof. Sampath Amaratunge and the Dean of Faculty of Applied Sciences, Professor Sudantha Liyanage at the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

This Centre provides a platform for various aspects of research related to plant materials and herbal products through national and international multidisciplinary and collaborative research, opening up opportunities for academic researchers enabling them and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura to play a dynamic and more meaningful role in national development.