The Division of Fruit Crops was started with one Senior Research Assistant transferred from the ICAR headquarters in February, 1968. The Division was also selected as a main centre for grapes under AICRP and some staff of this project also joined the Division. Efforts were made during the initial period to procure germplasm of various fruits for improvement work which resulted in introduction of many accessions of grapes and strawberry from USA, USSR, Japan, Italy, Holland and Canada. Over the years, the Division has grown into a major one encompassing work on improvement and production technology of mango, grapes, pineapple, guava, papaya, pomegranate, ber, annona and citrus.
Carry out basic and strategic research for enhancing productivity, quality and utility of fruit crops in tropical agro-climatic zones of India.
Act as Repository of fruit genetic resources and their management.
Transfer of technologies and study their impact.
Conduct teaching and training programmes for development of human resources.
Use ICT in scientific information and knowledge.
Thrust areas (Current)
Resistance breeding for biotic and abiotic stress – papaya PRSV, mango anthracnose, passion fruit wilt, pomegranate bacterial nodal blight.
Crop regulation studies in coloured seedless grapes, pomegranate and Annona.
Integrated approaches for rootstock, canopy architecture, high density, water and nutrient productivity and fertigation issues.
Principal Scientist & I/c. Head
Division of Fruit Crops
Hessaraghatta Lake Post
Bangalore – 560 089.