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Plant and Agro-Biotechnology

Research Centres* in India-Ongoing Projects

Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam

Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil nadu

Research: NAAC- A; Conduct dissertation and summer training; PhD/Research work carried out in Biodiversity, Marine Natural Products, Quorum Sensing, Micropropagation & Transformation.

All India Coordinated Project of Micro and Secondary Nutrients and Pollutant Elements in Soils & Plants

Research: An ICAR unit. Its mission is Soil fertility management through balanced use of micro- and secondary- nutrients for enhancing and sustaining high crop productivity of soil resource with minimal environmental pollution.

Anna University Gundi, Chennai.

Research: Ph.D. and Research work on Tissue Culture and Drug Discovery, Molecular Immunotechnology, Bio-organic and Computational Biology, Protein Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology, Bioprocess Engineering, Bioprocess Technology and Automation.

Arid Forest Research Institute (AFRI), Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Research: Institute of ICFRE, Ministry of environment and forest. Thrust Areas of  Research include- agri-silvi-pastoral systems, rain water harvesting, afforestation technology development, Eco-stabilization of deserts, sand dune fixation,  high quality planting material production, provenance trial of important arid zone species, bio-fertilizers and biopesticides, Non-Wood Forest Products and Tree improvement through tissue culture & genetic engineering.     

Assam Agricultural University; Jorhat, Assam,

Research: PhD in various aspects of agro biotechnology.

Bhaba Atomic Research Institute/Centre (BARC), Mumbai

Research: carried out in Molecular Biology and Agriculture division. Offers 5 years Integrated Ph.D (includes MSc) degree.

Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, /

Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, 620024.

Research: Collaborated with several companies and funded by leading Indian and international funding agencies for research in plant Biotech and sericulture.

Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS-Pilani) Vidya Vihar, Pilani 333031, Ph: 42090, 42192 Fax: 01596-44183. Course: Campuses at Pilani, Dubai, Goa, & 4rth campus to be opened in 2008 at Jawaharnagar, Hyderabad.

Research: NAAC 5 star, PhD program.

Birla Institute of Technology, Meshra, (BIT),Ranchi, Jharkhand (INDIA)-835215, 

Research: A Deemed University, NAAC and NBA accredited. Research on Biofuels, Biodiversity conservation, Cultivation of endangered medicinal plants. The new 'state-of-the-art' instrumentation facilities included are MegaBACE Automated DNA sequencer, GC-Mass Spectrophotometer, GC (FID), Real Time PCR, HPLC, Typhoon Laser imager, Lypholizer, Thermal cyclers, Gene pulser, Microplate reader, 2D electrophoresis system, Chromatography system, Spectrophotometers, Fluorimeters, Modern microscope with digital imaging system, Leica microscope with colony counter, Leica fluorescence microscope, Lab and Pilot scale Bioreactors, Cross-flow filtration systems.

Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi, Jharkhand.

Botanical Survey of India; CGO Complex, 3rd MSO Building, Block F(5th & 6th Floor), DF Block, Sector I, Salt Lake City, Kolkata - 700 064. Phone: 033-23344963(Director), 033-23214050, 033-23218992 Fax : 033-23346040, 033-23215631; Regional circles at- Pune, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Itanagar, Jodhpur, Shillong, Allahabad, Gangtok, Noida, Port Blair,

Research: Plant Biodiversity, Botanical Garden, Herbarium. Museum at Kolkata (economically imp. plants), Central Botanical Laboratory, Howrah works on Chromosome survey of the Indian flora, economic/medicinal plants; and seeds storage, dormancy, viability and germination. Ecology Cryptogamic Botany, Plant Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, Flora of India, Publication, Library and documentation. Offers PhD degree in various above aspects.   

Central Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair

Research: An ICAR unit. CARI is mandated to provide a research base to improve the productivity of important agri-horticulture, livestock and fisheries of Andaman and Nicobar Islands through adaptive and basic research for attaining economic self-sufficiency.

Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI), Jodhpur.

Research: An ICAR institute. Study/research on natural resource survey, desertification, water & soil management, arid crop & horticulture, alternate land use systems, livestock management and renewable energy resources. 

Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Research: An ICAR unit. A unique multidisciplinary research organization in South and South-East Asia having research facilities for over 30 different disciplines.

Central Coconut Research Station (CCRS), Kasergoda, Kerala

Research: Became part of Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI)  (See below) in 1970.

Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Chattar Manzil Palace, Post Box No. 173, Lucknow - 226 001.

Research: Work under the aegis of CSIR. Works in the field of biomedical research where all the infrastructure and expertise are available to develop a drug, diagnostics and vaccines (related to reproductive health, malaria, filariasis, leishmaniasis, clinical trials & pharmacokinetics and preclinical safety evaluation & regulatory toxicity ) right from its concept to market using latest techniques and methodologies, to combat diseases prevalent particularly among Indian population. Offers PhD programmes.

Central Institute for Arid Horticulture (CIAH) Sri Ganganagar Road NH-15, Beechwal, Bikaner-334006, Phone - +91 151 250960, 250147  Fax - +91 151 250145.

Research: An ICAR funded institute. Research on arid horticulture crops of India. Released several varieties. Share research works to other scientists, students, other organization, and farmers.

Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR), Post Bag No. 2, Shankar Nagar Post Office, Nagpur - 440 010 (Maharastra) India. Phone: 07103-75536, 275538,275549. FAX: 07103-275529.

Research: Offers M.Phil. and PhD in Plant Biotechnology. An ICAR Institute; released varieties of cotton, Bt Cotton detection kit, developed cultivation techniques, pest management. Its regional station at Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) work on Plant Breeding, Genetics, Agronomy, Soil Science, Agricultural Chemistry, Plant Physiology, Bio-chemistry, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Seed Technology, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Statistics and Computer Applications. Its Sirsa (Haryana) research station works on: Plant Breeding, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Seed Technology. An ICAR unit. Its mission is to Improve production, productivity and quality of cotton through the development of ecologies for different agroclimatic regions.

Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT) Adenwala Road, Matunga, Mumbai 400 019, Ph:91-022-24127273,76 Fax: 91-022-24130835/24157239.

Research: An ICAR unit. Provides PG Courses (M.Sc. & Ph.D.) which include Bio-physics, Textile-physics, Microbiology and Organic-chemistry; and Short term courses in Cotton Testing and HVI System. It is engaged in  research and development activities in cotton technology like- Quality assessment for varietal improvement; Design, development and standardization of equipment and techniques relating to cotton technology; Basic studies in fibre science, Processing technologies and by-products; Chemical and bio-chemical processing of textiles, Cotton by-products and agro and industrial wastes; Education, training and technology transfer; Development of chemical finishes for fabrics; and Technology development for agro-waste utilization.

Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Research: An ICAR unit. An Institute engaged in research and development activities in cotton technology in India.

Central Institute for Sub-Tropical Horticulture (CISTH) (Indian Council of Agricultural Research), Rehmankhera, P.O.Kakori, Lucknow UP, INDIA, 227107. Fax: 91-0522-2841025, Phone: 91-0522-2841022, 23.

Research: An ICAR unit. Its research divisions are crop improvement by development of various varieties and production; crop protection and post harvest management. World’s largest mango germplasm collection. Work on mango, banana, grapes, guava and papaya, their pest management, bacterial and fungal disease and control. 

Central Institute of Arid Horticulture (CIAE), Beechwal, Ganganagar Road, Bikaner, Rajasthan. Tel: 0151- 2250147

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Central Institute of Horticulture for Northern Plains (formerly Central Mango Research Institute), B-217, R.B.L. Road Lucknow (UP).

Central Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, P.O. - CIMAP, Near Kukrail Picnic Spot, Lucknow, (U.P.) - 226 015, India. Ph: +91 - 522 – 2359623. Fax: +91 - 522 – 2342666.

Research: A unit of CSIR. A multi disciplinary multi locational R & D institute dedicated to the cause of medicinal and aromatic plant research, cultivation and business. R&D in Plant tissue culture, physiology, biochemistry, Pharmacognosy, agronomy, soil sciences, plant breeding, crop protection (microbiology) and entomology, organic farming, gene bank, Phytochemsitry, process and product development and analytical chemistry. Organizes Entrepreneurship training programme, summer, winter training to students, 100 days certificate courses etc.

Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering & Technology(CIPHET),
Post Office: P.A.U Campus,Ludhiana-141 004, Punjab, India
Tel: 91-161-808669 to 808673, Fax: 91-161-808670.

Research: An ICAR unit. A nodal institute for lead researches in the area of post harvest engineering and technology appropriate to the agricultural production catchments, agro-processing industries, pilot plants, industrial liaison, technology transfer and national and international cooperation to meet national needsCIPHET objectives include- undertaking basic, applied and adaptive engineering and technology research in post harvest sector of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices, plantation crops, products of forest origin, livestock and aquaculture products including agricultural structures and environmental control; Acting as national institute for research, training, and education in post harvest engineering and technology and to act as repository of information on post harvest engineering and technology. It has a modern Food Science and Technology Laboratory for food products analysis; work areas also include Microbiology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, and Foods and Nutrition. The Institute conducts training and consultancy activities for farmers, rural unemployed youth, farm women, scientists / teachers. An agro- processing centre at Abohar is functioning and another at Ludhiana is being established for transfer of technology. Low cost poly houses at Ludhiana and Abohar are available for off-season high value crops cultivation.

Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (CITH), P.O. Sanatnagar, Srinagar. J&K PIN 190005, 0194-433178, 43310418.

Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI), Kasaragod-671124, Kerala, India, Phone:04994 - 232974,874,894,

Research: Research on plantation crop. Crop resistance (breeding), production, improvement, physio and biochemistry, post harvest tech. using mol bio and plant biotechnology techniques. Its Bioinformatics center developed web enabled databases on coconut, arecanut and cocoa, germplasm, Coconut culitvar identification, Coconut diseases, Vegetable oil, Microbial Information System, pest management, Mining EST Libraries for Molecular Markers in Cacao & Oil Palm (MEMCO), Coconut microsatellite database, Phytoplasma database and bibliographic literature database for mandate crops. For detail click

Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla-171001,  HP,  INDIA,  Shimla
Fax: 91-177-2624460, Phone: 91-177-2625182, 2625073,

Research: ICAR Institute. Research activities are potato germplasm collection and conservation, mini tuber production, storage, disease, potato virus storage, breeding, Micropropagation, DNA fingerprinting, T-DNA mutagenesis, genetic transformation, cDNA, genomic library.

Central Potato Research Institute Campus (CPRIC), (ICAR), Modipuram, Meerut - 250110 (UP). Phone: +91-121-2950297. Fax : +91-121-2576584(O).

Research: Work on breeding, disease resistance, stress resistance, tissue culture, commercialization of technologies and consultancy.

Central Potato Research Station (CPRS), (ICAR), Kufri, Shimla-171 012 (HP), Phone: 0177-2648234 (O), Phone: 0177-2223626 (R).

Research: It has two units, one for potato nucleus seed production and another for breeders' seed production. The third unit carries out hybridization to cater to all the breeding programmes of the Institute, evaluation of hybrid and research on agronomical aspects and late blight.

Central Potato Research Station (CPRS), (ICAR), Post Bag No 1, Model Town, Jalandhar-144 003 (UP). Phone: 0181-2791474 (O), 0181-2791837 (R).

Research: Station carries out research relating to breeding for earliness, nutrient management including micronutritents, cropping system, integrated management of diseases and pests, seed production and development of implements for mechanization of potato cultivation. The station also maintains germplasm of Solanum tuberosum sub sp. andigena.


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