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Division of Plant Pathology


About Plant Pathology

Dr. Rashmi Aggarwal
Head (Acting)
E-mail: head_patho[at]iari[dot]res[dot]in

The Division of Plant Pathology is more than 100 years old. It was originally established in 1905 as Mycology section of Imperial Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) at Pusa, Bihar to initiate mycological and plant pathological research in India. The sectional status was raised to the status of Division of Mycology in 1943-44 after the Institute was shifted to New Delhi. Subsequently, it was named as Division of Mycology and Plant Pathology in 1947-48 and later it was designated as Division of Plant Pathology. Two Regional Stations, one at Pune (Maharashtra) and other at Kalimpong (West Bengal) were established in 1939 and 1956for the research on plant viruses.

Disease diagnosis, detection of pathogens and management of disease risks have been the main fabric of Divisional research. The Division has evolved over the years with four major sections, i.e., Mycology, Fungal Pathology, Bacteriology and Virology. Herbarium CryptogamaeIndiaeOrientalis (HCIO) and Indian Type Culture Collection (ITCC), Center for Advanced Faculty Trainng (CAFT) in Plant Pathology and Referral Center for virus indexing of tissue culture raised plants are the "Life Lines". The Division has highly trained scientific, technical and field staff. It has well equipped laboratories to work on diagnosis and characterization of plant pathogens, electron microscopy, cloning of genomes, electrophoresis, sequencing, use of PCR in disease diagnosis, tissue culture, plant transformation etc.

Division evolved over the years with four major sections Mycology, Fungal Pathology, Bacteriology and Plant Virology
Our Mission
  • To conduct basic and applied research leading to detection, identification and management of plant pathogens

  • To serve as a Centre for academic excellence in the area of Post-Graduate education and training in Plant Pathology

  • To provide national leadership in plant pathological research through the development of new concepts and technologies

What do we DO

Research Programs

We have played a major role in giving the "Green Revolution" to India

Our Students

Maximum coverage of Area in Wheat, Rice, Mustard, etc.,

Our Labs

We have a major contribution in the export of crops Wheat, Rice, Mustard, etc.,

News and Events

We believe in creating new technologies for helping the farmers and researchers of India

Our Team

We are among the most prestigious Agricultural Universities in India

Our Achievements

We have pioneered rural development and extension of new agricultural technologies to the farmers since 1950s

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