Head of the Division: Dr. K.B.Hebbar
- Plant Physiology & Biochemistry
- Pre and Post Harvest Technology
The major thrust of the division is to understand the physiological and biochemical basis of coconut, arecanut and cocoa to growth and yield under normal and abiotic stress (drought, flooding and high temperature) conditions, to phenotype the crops for various abiotic stresses, impact assessment and adaptation studies to climate change, biochemical and qualitative studies during fruit development and shelf life of the produce, process optimisation and commercialisation of value added products and mechanisation of farm operation.
Major Research Activities :
- Understanding the physiological and biochemical basis of growth and development under different agro climatic conditions with reference to present and future climates-
- Impact assessment- Development and validation of simulation models
- Model simulation for the prediction of coconut production for the present and future climates
- Adaptation strategies: Identification of phenotypic and genotypic traits tolerant to drought, high temperature, flooding etc.
- Development of management strategies to mitigate the effect of climate change on plantation crops
- Value addition, product diversification and up scaling technology for commercial dimensions.
- Development of new value added products
- Pharmacological studies in arecanut and studies on flavour components and quality of cocoa
- Physiological and biochemical studies to improve the shelf life of products from mandate crops
- Developing labour saving and drudgery reducing farm machineries.
- Development of tools and machineries for processing and drudgery reduction
- Refinement of machineries for processing
- Commercialization of processing equipments