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Plant and Agro-Biotechnology

Research Centres* in India-Ongoing Projects

Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani.

Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan.

National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh PIN 500030. 040- 401591243

Research: An ICAR unit.

National Botanical Research Institute, Rana Pratap Marg, Post Box No. 436, Lucknow-226 001, U.P, India. Tel: +91-0522-2205831-35, Ext- 208, 209, Fax: +91-0522-2205673.

Research: NBRI is a premier plant based multidisciplinary, state-of-art national R&D Centre of CSIR undertaking research from classical taxonomy to cutting edge areas of modern biology-including both applied and basic research in the fields of biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology, conservation biology, cytogenetics, environmental sciences, floriculture, microbiology, molecular biology and genetic engineering, pharmacy, physiology, phytochemistry, plant biodiversity, plant breeding, taxonomy and tree biology, biomass biology, botanic garden, genetics, herbarium, molecular biology Pharmacognosy and ethno-pharmacology, plant biodiversity and conservation, plant microbial interaction, and experimental agro-fields for the conservation and sustainable utilization of the non crop plant genetic resources of the country. Offers PhD programmes.

National Bureaue of Agriculturally Important Micro-Organisms (NBAIMO)
Old NBPGR building, Pusa Campus, New Delhi PIN 110 012; Fax No. 91-11-25841911

National Bureaue of Plant & Genetic Resource, Pusa Complex, Inder Puri, New Delhi PIN 110012; Fax No. 011-5731495, 5785619, 5819459.

Research: An ICAR unit. A nodal organisation for Plant Genetic Resource (PGR) activities in India.

National centre for plant genetic resources (NCPGR)

Research: DBT supported autonomous institute. Offers PhD programmes.

National Chemical Laboratory, Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pune- 411 008 India. EPABX:+91(0)20-25902000, 25893400;Fax:+91(0)20-25902601,

Research: A unit of CSIR. Key areas of research include- Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemical biology &, Plant based nano material synthesis, Plant Tissue Culture, Computational Sciences and Enzymology. NCL scientists are workig as Ph.D. supervisors at universities and IIT, and offers dissertation and project/summer training to M.Sc. /M.E. / M.Tech. students.

National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science & Technology (NIIST), (Formerly Regional Research Laboratory) (CSIR), Industrial Estate, Trivandrum – 695019, India. Tel: +91-(0)471- 2490674/2490811/2490224; Fax: +91-(0)471-2491712/2490186.

Research: A constituent Laboratory of CSIR. Formerly regional research laboratory. NIIST is India engaged in R&D Programs in the area of Agroprocessing, Chemical Sciences, Materials & Minerals, Biotechnology and Process Engineering and Environmental Science & Technology. The programmes have a blend of basic research and technology development & commercialization; have specific thrusts on frontier areas of research, National Mission Projects, regional resource-based activities and R & D - Industry - Academia linkages. The Laboratory has excellent collaborative programmes with major National & International agencies too.

National Institute for Research on Jute & Allied Fibres Technology, West Bengal (formerly JTRL), 12, Regent Park, Kolkata, West Bengal. Tel: 033- 471258345.

Research: An ICAR unit engaged in various technological researches on jute and other long vegetable fibres, like Extraction & Quality improvement of fibre & Evaluation of fibre properties; Development of Technologies for Diversification of jute products (woven & knitted); Development of Diversified value added nonwoven products; Utilization of Agricultural residues of jute & allied fibres for conservation of energy and preparation of value added products and transfer of technology.

National Institute of Ayurveda, Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, Madhav Vilas Palace, Amer Road, Jaipur-302002, Ph.091-141-2635709,2635816,  Fax: 91-141-2635709.

Research: It is engaged in research activities to explore various areas in Ayurveda like- Clinical research, Drug research, Literary research Projects work in Diabetes mellitus, Cancer : Leukemia, Oral Cancer; Child Mental Health : Learning Disabilities,  ADHD; Establishment of Medicinal Plants not  included in Ayurvedic Texts; ; and Ethenobotanical and Ethenomedicinal Survey. Also engaged in training activities. 

National Research Centre  for Groundnuts 

National Research Centre for Agroforestry (NRCAF)

National Research Centre for Agroforestry, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

Research: An ICAR unit. Mandated to undertake basic and applied research for developing and delivering technologies based on sustainable agroforestry prctices on farms, marginal and wastelands for different agroclimatic zones in India.

National Research Centre for Cachew, Puttur, Karnataka

Research: An ICAR unit. Mandated to increase production and productivity of cashew by evolvolving high yielding varieties of cashew.

National Research Centre for Cashew (NRCC)

National Research Centre for Citrus

National Research Centre for Grapes (NRCG), Pune,

Research: Comes under the aegis of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. It was established to undertake the programmes involving basic and strategic research for resolving the major biotic and abiotic constraints affecting the grapes production, productivity and sustain productivity and promote diversification to wine production and other value added products. 

National Research Centre for Groundnut, Junagadh, Gujarat

Research: An ICAR unit.

National Research Centre for Integrated Pest Management, New Delhi

Research: An ICAR unit. Through the partnerships, NCIPM plans and conducts eco-friendly IPM research and development programmes which are essentially required for sustainable agriculture and environmental security.

National Research Centre for Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, (NRCMAP), Boriavi, Gujarat

Research: An ICAR unit. Its mandate is to develop appropriate production, protection and processing technologies for important medicinal and aromatic plants through basic, strategic and applied research.

National Research Centre for Mushroom, (formerly National centre for Mushroom Research and Training), Indian Council of Agriculture Research, Chambaghat- 173213, Solan , Himachal Pradesh , India Phones: 91-1792-230767, 230541, Director's Office: 91-1792-230451, Residence :230401 FAX: 91-1792-231207, Himachal Pradesh

Research: An ICAR unit.

National Research Centre for Oil Palm (NRCOP)

National Research Centre for Oilpalm, Pedavegi, Andhra Pradesh

Research: An ICAR unit. A center of excellence for conducting and coordinating research on all aspects of Oil Palm including conservation, improvement, production, protection, post-harvest technology, transfer of technology and human resource development.

National Research Centre for Onion and Garlic, Rajgurunagar, Pune, Maharashtra

Research: An ICAR unit. National Research Centre for Onion and Garlic is a research centre of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE).

National Research Centre for Sorghum

National Research Centre for Soyabean

National Research Centre for Weed Science, Madhya Pradesh

Research: An ICAR unit. Mandated to undertake basic and applied research for developing strategies for efficient weed management in different agro-ecological zones

National Research Centre Spices

National Research Centre Weed Sciences

National Sugar Institute, Kanpur, UP, India.

Research: The Institute provides facilities for training students in the Sugar technology, Sugar engineering, Industrial fermentation and alcohol technology, has excellent facilities for Training and Advisory Services, undertaking research in all areas relating to sugar & allied industry.

North-East Institute of Science & Technology (formerly regional research laboratory), Jorhat 785006, Assam (India). Tel: +91 376 2370012, Fax: +91 376 2370011.

Research: A unit of CSIR. Its agro-technology division is having objectives like-To develop technologies for economic cultivation of important medicinal and aromatic plants and aid in propagation or large scale cultivation; Development of protein rich plant based food products; Uplift of rural economy; Use of different molecular markers for DNA fingerprinting of medicinal, aromatic plants; Agrotechnology on Citronella, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Dioscorea, Solanum khasianam. Similarly Extraction technology for aromatic and medicinal value chemicals; Generation of databank of folklore medicine, indigenous spice, natural dye bearing plants and medicinal herbs of NER; Maintenance of germplasm bank of important medicinal, spice and aromatic plants; Selection of best feed plants for sericulture industry (Muga) and endangered plants from NER. Its research Outcomes having Societal benefits are that it has brought more than 450 ha of wasteland into citronella cultivation, with generation of 500 tonnes of oil per year worth Rs 10 crore. This has generated employment for more than 20,000 rural families in tribal/ SC/ST and women both in hill and plain areas. The work on citronella is still continued by involving NGO’s in remote areas under CSIR societal and DBT sponsored projects. It has popularized cultivation of edible mushrooms by organizing training programmes and supplying seed materials. Large number of women NGO’s and individuals are engaged in mushroom cultivation; Quality improvement of muga silk.

Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT)

Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur.

Project Directorate of Biological Control, Bangalore  
Research: An ICAR unit.

Project Directorate of Cropping System Research, Modipuram, Uttar Pradesh  

Research: An ICAR unit. Mandated to strengthen all aspects of research in cropping/ farming systems.

Project Directorate of Oilseed Research, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad

Research: An ICAR unit. The Directorate of Oilseed research is engaged in basic and strategic research in three oilseed crops viz. castor, sunflower and safflower.

Project Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad

Research: An ICAR unit. Directorate of Rice Research (DRR), formerly All India coordinated Rice Improvement Project (AICRIP), was established in 1965 to organize and coordinate multi-location testing of genetic lines and technologies for crop production and protection generated across the country.

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU)

Research: Carried out in various fields, like Biochemistry; Processing and agriculture structure; Vegetable crops, Landscaping and Floriculture and Veterinary Bacteriology and Virology.

Rajendra Agricultural University (RAU)

Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth

Regional Research Laboratory, Jammu and Thiruanantpuram.

Research: Carried out at Biotechnology; Genetic Engineering and Plant Tissue Culture Units.

Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K)

State Forest Research Institute (SFRI), Madhya Pradesh. Website:  

State Forest Research Institute(SFRI), Arunachal Pradesh. Website:  

Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu PIN 641007. 0422- 47292347.

Research: An ICAR unit. A pioneering breeding institute in the world, works to evolve superior varieties of sugarcane to cater to the needs of the various agro climatic zones in the country.

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore

Research: Research work includes plant Genetics; Molecular biology and Agricultural Microbiology.

Tamil Nadu Government Agriculture College and Research Institute

Tata Energy Research Institute, (TEERI), New Delhi

Tropical Forest Research Institute (TFRI)

University of Agricultural Sciences

University of Delhi (south campus), New Delhi

Research: In department of Botany work on Plant Tissue culture and Plant Molecular biology.

University of Madras

Research: Research in Protein Research; M.Sc. in Advanced Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Industrial Microbiology, Medical Biochemistry, Biomedical Genetics. Accredited by NAAC at five star level.

University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan-302004.

Research: Plant tissue culture, ethnobotany, Biodiversity, Plant genetics and breeding.

Vivekanand Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Shala (VPKAS), Almora, Uttarakhand. Pin- 263601, 05962- 230208.  Web Site:

Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry

Research: Horticulture and Forestry research carried out in its department of Biotechnology.


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