The Institute started with four sections viz. Agronomy, Mycology, Entomology and
Agricultural Engineering. Two more sections i.e., Agril. Chemistry & Soil
Science and Plant Physiology & Biochemistry were added in 1956, whereas the
third section Botany & Breeding was started in 1969. All these above sections
were elevated to full fledged Division during the Vth Five Year Plan
period. During 2001, the Division of Plant Pathology and Entomology were merged
to form the Division of Crop Protection (IXth Plan).
Basic and strategic research on management of pests and diseases of sugarcane
and other sugar crops
Eco-friendly management of pests and diseases of sugarcane and sugarbeet a)
Management of red rot b) Management of top borer
Variability analysis of C. falcatum in relation to geographical
distribution and breakdown of resistance in newly released varieties as well as
critical factors for secondary spread and quick flare-up of red rot.
Improving the innate resistance of sugarcane through induced systemic
Exploring the biodiversity of bio-agent(s) against major diseases of
sugarcane and development of appropriate delivery system(s) for their effective
Tackling the emerging disease problems in sugarcane, like the yellow leaf
Refinement of disease management technologies with judicious use of safer
and eco-friendly chemicals along with the bio-agent(s).
Identification of actual organism(s) responsible for the cause of wilt.
Variability analysis of major disease pathogens (smut, GSD and mosaic) in
relation to varietal susceptibility and resistance.
Bio-diversity and geographical distribution of
sugarcane borers in relation to change in climate.
Development of laboratory rearing technique(s) for insect
pests of sugarcane.
Rearing, maintenance and utilization of parasites and
predators of insect pests of sugarcane and bio-prospecting of entomopathogens.
Development and identification of efficient strains of
bio-agents against sugarcane borer complex in subtropical environment.
Monitoring and containing the insect pests of sugarcane
Deployment of preferable hosts in sugarcane
agro-ecosystem to encourage the sustenance of parasitoids and predators of
sugarcane pest complex.
Development of location specific
management modules to address the emerging problems of termite and white
Head of Division : Dr S K Duttamajumder