Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility (SAIF)

Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility (SAIF)



Activities of the Farm section are guided by Scientist in Charge (Farm) and HoD (Crop Production).  General maintenance of field with respect to ploughing, fertilizer application, irrigation, plant protection measures, harvesting and sale of farm produce are undertaken  by the farm section.  Maintenance of cleanliness in the office premises, quarters maintenance and security of the whole CPCRI is being undertaken by the section.

Farm has got different blocks and details of the same are given below:

A and B Blocks: 21 ha  : Red sandy loam soil.
C,  D and G Blocks: 18.39 ha :  Red sandy loam soil.
F Block (Hill block) : Laterite soil.
E Block ( KVK) :  Red sandy loam soil.
Hill block and KVK :16.99 ha.
J Block: 3.35 ha : Laterite and Hard laterite out crop.
H and I blocks: 18.39 ha: Littoral sandy soil.
Total  : 77.71 ha.

Farm Layout

Bioinformatics Centre

The Distributed Information Sub Centre (Sub-DIC) under the Biotechnology Information System Network (BTISnet) programme of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi, was established at CPCRI in December 2000. The Bioinformatics Centre, CPCRI has taken up creation of databases on biotechnological aspects of coconut, cocoa and arecanut and provide information retrieval services in Biotechnology topics.



  • Provide up to date information in the field of biotechnology to plantation crops research workers.
  • Make available latest software’s and databases in the field of biotechnology.
  • Conduct training on topics related to computer application in Biotechnology and   information retrieval.
  • Establish linkages with other organizations working on similar topics and make arrangements for  sharing of  information and resources.
  • Develop bibliographical databases, gene data banks and molecular data banks related to plantation crops.
  • Develop a putative gene database for coconut, cocoa and oilpalm and functional genomics.


  • Collection, collation and dissemination of information on coconut,  arecanut and cocoa.
  • Developing Bioinformatics databases for the need of scientific community.
  • Act as a Centre of biotechnology & bioinformatics related information for these Crops.
  • Act as national training centre for varoius softwares related to Bioinformatics & Biotechnology.


This Centre has developed the following database/ Protocols and conducted 15 training programme for the year 2001 to 2010.

Developed Databases

  • Coconut Cultivar Identification (web based).
  • Coconut Disease Database (web based).
  • Vegetable Oil Database (web based)
  • Microbial Information Systems on Plantations crops.
  • Pest Control Management System
  • Coconut Microsatellite Database.
  • Mining EST Libraries for Molecular Markers in Cocoa & Oil Palm (MEMCO)
  • Phytoplasma database.
  • Palm Database
  • Copgene Database
  • Stress Gene Database
  • Coconut Germplasm Database.
  • Arecanut Germplasm Database
  • Cocoa Germplasm Database
  • CORPK Database
  • Dspace - Full text Literature Database.

Web based protocols for coconut tissue culture studies and molecular markers studies.

Bioinformatics Webpage

Bioinformatics web page is accessible at the site where necessary links are available to access various services offered by the Bioinformatics centre. *



ATIC - Agricultural Technology Information Centre


Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) was initiated during November, 1999 at CPCRI, Kasaragod under the National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP) Phase II with the following objectives:

  • To provide a ‘single window’ delivery system for the products available from CPCRI to the farmers and other interested groups as a process of Innovation in Technology Dissemination at the Institute level.
  • To facilitate direct access to the farmers to the institutional resources available in terms of technology, advice, technology products etc., for reducing the time lag in technology adoption and
  • To provide a mechanism for feedback from the users to the Institute.


Services Offered At ATIC

Quality planting materials, various  technological inputs and products and priced publications including CD ROMs on various aspects of coconut, arecanut and cocoa cultivation are sold to farmers and other stakeholders through ATIC. The details are furnished as follows.

Price List

Consultancy Services

Analytical Services

Farm Advisory Services

Farmers can avail Farm Advisory Services from ATIC through the following methods:

  • Personal visit to ATIC
  • Through Postal correspondence
  • Telephone-Helpline services
  • Reply through email


Agri-bioinformatics promotion centre (ABPC) was sanctioned by DIT (Department of Information Technology) with an outlay of Rs. 2.2 crores. Four projects are under taken under agribioinformatics, Phytoplasma genomics, palms genomics, cocoa genomics and PGPRs.


Sun Fire X2200 Server
StorageTek SL24   Tape library
Sun storage 7210 storage server -11.5 TB capacity Sun Microsystems Workstation ultra 24

Operating Systems

Redhat Linux Enterprise 5, Sun Solaris & Windows XP


Commercial Software: Schrodinger Maestro

Websites, databases and tools developed so far:

Web sites

Website 1: PHYTODB

PHYTODB, an in silico server contains taxonomic, genomic and proteomic information of different phytoplasmas. It provides a graphical user interface to access data and tools to perform similarity search (Hlogs), multiple sequence alignment (MSalign), phylogenitic analysis (PhyloClass) and phytoplasma group identification (GroupIdentifier). The server provides a source to rapidly access the current knowledge about phytoplasma groups and it helps to differentiate and classify new phytoplasma for taxomonomic purposes. It provides a unified gateway to store, search, retrieve and update information about phytoplasma groups and its related proteins and genes. This phytoplasma database provides the phytoplasma research community a useful information resource and analysis platform.

Website 2: Agribioinformatics


A DIT sponsored concerted approach to raise awareness about bio-informatics application and augmenting skills for its implementation in agriculture research and crop productivity improvement is underway at various institutes across India. The major focus is on molecular characterization of plants to come out with cures for disease pathogens, development of algorithm for gene annotation, a database on Indian IPR wheat genotypes et al. The other participating institutes include S.D. Agriculture University, Gujarat, Indira Gandhi Krishi Viswavidyala Raipur Chatisgarh, Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat and Directorate of Wheat Research, Karnal, Haryana.


  1. ProtB
  2. DBgene
  3. G-Nome
  4. E-Lite
  5. 16Sr Group


  1. Hlogs
  2. GroupIdentifier
  3. MSalign
  4. PhyloClass



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