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Crop Improvement and Biotechnology

Our history

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. K.V. Saji Jun 2022 - till date Economic Botany
Dr. J. Rema Feb 2018 – May 2022 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

Name Designation Specialization
Dr. K.V. Saji Principal Scientist & Head in Charge Economic Botany
Dr. T. E. Sheeja Principal Scientist Plant Biotechnology
Dr. D. Prasath Principal Scientist Horticulture Science
Dr. Sharon Aravind Scientist Spices & Plantation Crops
Ms. S. Aarthi Scientist Horticulture
Mr. V A. Muhammed Nissar Scientist Horticulture
Mr.Gobu.R Scientist Genetic improvement of crops for abiotic stress tolerance, Association Mapping
Mr.Mukesh Sankar.S Scientist Quantitative genetics, Marker assisted plant breeding and Genetical data analysis
Dr.Muhammed Azharudheen TP Scientist Molecular breeding
Dr. Maneesha S.R. Scientist Tropical fruit crops especially, Kokum; medicinal and aromatic crops; Agro- Eco Tourism
Dr. M. S. Shivakumar Scientist Plant Breeding
Ms. H. J. Akshitha Scientist Horticulture
Mr. Honnappa Asangi Scientist Spices, Plantation, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
Mr. Hareesh B. T. Technical Assistant Technician
Research Fellows
Ms. Sumayya Hassan PhD Scholar Botany
Ms. Aswathi A P CSIR-UGC JRF Biological Sciences