Crop Improvement and Biotechnology

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 DivisionPeriod of serviceSpecialization
Dr. J. RemaFeb 2018 – till dateHorticulture Science
Dr. B. SasikumarDec 2013- Jan 2018Plant Breeding
Sri. B. KrishnamoorthyJan 1999- Nov 2013Plant Breeding
Dr. P.N. Ravindran1995- Jan 1999Botany 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.

Name Designation Specialization
Dr. J. RemaPrincipal Scientist & Head in ChargeHorticulture
Dr. Johnson K. GeorgePrincipal ScientistGenetics & Cytogenetics
Dr. R. Ramakrishnan NairPrincipal ScientistGenetics & Cytogenetics
Dr. K.V. SajiPrincipal Scientist Economic Botany
Dr. T. E. SheejaPrincipal ScientistPlant Biotechnology
Dr. D. PrasathPrincipal ScientistHorticulture Science
Ms. P. UmadeviScientistPlant Biotechnology
Ms. S. AarthiScientistHorticulture
Mr. V A. Muhammed NissarScientistHorticulture
Dr. M. S. ShivakumarScientistPlant Breeding
Ms. H. J. AkshithaScientistHorticulture
Mr. Narendra ChaudharyScientistHorticulture
Mr. K. P. PremachandranTechnical OfficerSenior Technical
Mr. Hareesh B. T.Technical AssistantTechnician