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Indian Institute of Horticultural Research

The Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) was established in 1968 and has its main research station at Hessaraghatta, Bengaluru. It has spread its wings to the length and breadth of the Nation by establishing its experimental stations at Lucknow, Nagpur, Ranchi, Godhra, Chettalli and Gonikopal. 

It has built-up excellent man power and physical facilities such as laboratories, equipments and fields with a large number of horticultural crops for post graduate research and education. During the past, the Institute has extensively participated in the post graduate education programme for the award of degrees in horticulture and other disciplines by several Universities. 

The physical growth of the Institute could be viewed in two phases. The first phase is from 1970 to 1990, wherein emphases were laid on land development and buildings. During this phase the area for carrying out research and the area for laboratory buildings, supporting buildings and other essential office buildings was earmarked. 

The second phase of the physical growth was after 1990 during which emphases was laid on creating ultra modern world class, infrastructure facilities in terms of equipments and structures. Currently the institute has well defined 11 divisions and four sections.

Objectives of IIHR
  • To Undertake Basic And Applied Research For Developing Strategies To Enhance Productivity And Utilization Of Tropical And Sub-Tropical Horticulture Crops Viz., Fruits, Vegetables, Ornamentals, Medicinal And Aromatic Plants And Mushrooms.
  • To Serve As A Repository Of Scientific Information Relevant To Horticulture.
  • To Act As A Centre For Training For Up Gradation Of Scientific Manpower In Modern Technologies For Horticulture Production And
  • To Collaborate With National And International Agencies In Achieving The Above Objectives
The Institute has been functioning in a spacious laboratory complex since September, 1980. The building complex consists of a main building housing Fruit, Vegetable, Ornamental, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops, Plant Physiology & Biochemistry, Economics & Statistics, Seed Science and Technology. There are separate buildings to house administration including AKMU, Divisions of Entomology & Nematology, Biotechnology, Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry, Plant Pathology, Post Harvest Technology, Plant Genetic Resources, Extension & Trainers Training Centre, Advance Technology Information Centre building, Mushroom and Orchid laboratories, Section of Agricultural Engineering, Workshop, Library, auditorium and canteen. For field oriented research, there are several field laboratories located at different blocks of the Institute apart from glasshouses. 

ICAR-IIHR has MOU with reputed universities such as ICAR-IAR, New Delhi,; UAS, Bengaluru & Dharwad; UHS, Bagalkot; Sri Krishnadevaraya University, AP; Sher E-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science & Technology, UAHS, Shimoga; Gandigram Rural University, Tamil Nadu; Jain University, Bangalore, and Dr. Y.S.R. Horticultural University (Formerly APHU) for imparting higher education in the field of horticultural sciences.

Laboratory facilities in IIHR

ICAR-IIHR laboratories have been equipped with a number of sophisticated equipments to ensure meaningful execution of the research programmes. These include HPLC and GLC for hormonal studies, vapour pressure osmometer, infra red gas analyzer, leaf area meter etc., for research in crop physiology, ultra and high-speed refrigerated centrigues, GLC and Warburg apparatus for biochemistry research, GLC and HPLC for the pesticide residue laboratory, auto analyzer system, atomatic absorption spectrophotometer and ion activity meter for quick automated analysis of soil, plant and water samples, N-15 mass spectrometer and Gieger Mullar counting system for isotope work, plant water status console, pressure membrane, SAS package for advanced statistical analysis.

Divisions in IIHR 

  • Fruit Crops
  • Vegetable Crops
  • Floriculture and Medicinal Crops
  • Entomology & Nematology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Physiology & Biochemistry
  • Soil Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Social Sciences and Training

The institute offers various services which are now under the umberalla of the Agriculture Technology
  • Information Center.
  • Agriculture Technology Information Center
  • Farmers’ Advisory services
  • Diagnostics
  • Supply of Video Films
  • Supply of Publications
  • Supply of Computer floppies and print outs
  • Supply of seeds

ICAR-IIHR
Hessaraghatta Lake Post, Bengaluru-560 089
E-mail director.iihr@icar.gov.in 
Phone: 080-28466471 080-28466353

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