Crop Improvement Division of IISR possesses world's largest germplasm collection in various spices. A total of 25 high yielding and high quality spices varieties have been released. Vegetative and micro propagation techniques were standardized.
The Division of Crop Improvement has had a long and lustrous history that spans some 40 years. Since its inception, the Division has provided a home to innovative scientists who had made it their lives' work to reduce poverty through spices crop improvement research. Significant advancements in spices science and technologies would not have been possible had it not been for Crop Improvement Division's commitment.
|Name of Head of the Division||Period of service||Specialization|
|Dr. J. Rema||Feb 2018 – till date||Horticulture Science|
|Dr. B. Sasikumar||Dec 2013- Jan 2018||Plant Breeding|
|Sri. B. Krishnamoorthy||Jan 1999- Nov 2013||Plant Breeding|
|Dr. P.N. Ravindran||1995- Jan 1999||Botany and Cytogenetics|
At present eleven scientists belonging to disciplines like Economic botany, Genetics and cytogenetics, Horticulture, Plant breeding and Plant biotechnology are working in this Division.
|Dr. J. Rema||Principal Scientist & Head in Charge||Horticulture|
|Dr. Johnson K. George||Principal Scientist||Genetics & Cytogenetics|
|Dr. R. Ramakrishnan Nair||Principal Scientist||Genetics & Cytogenetics|
|Dr. K.V. Saji||Principal Scientist||Economic Botany|
|Dr. T. E. Sheeja||Principal Scientist||Plant Biotechnology|
|Dr. D. Prasath||Principal Scientist||Horticulture Science|
|Ms. P. Umadevi||Scientist||Plant Biotechnology|
|Ms. S. Aarthi||Scientist||Horticulture|
|Mr. V A. Muhammed Nissar||Scientist||Horticulture|
|Dr. M. S. Shivakumar||Scientist||Plant Breeding|
|Ms. H. J. Akshitha||Scientist||Horticulture|
|Mr. Narendra Chaudhary||Scientist||Horticulture|
|Mr. K. P. Premachandran||Technical Officer||Senior Technical|
|Mr. Hareesh B. T.||Technical Assistant||Technician|