Department of Pulses
The Department of Pulses was started in the year 1943 at Coimbatore, situated two kilometers northern side of University campus. This centre comes under northwestern zone of Tamil Nadu with an elevation of 411.98 m and between 11oN latitude and 77oE longitude. The total area is about 69 ha having red and black soils with 8.5 pH. The average rainfall at this centre was 730 mm. The average maximum temperature was 31.94oC and minimum 21.78oC.
Pulses form large group of heterogeneous grains such as Blackgram (Vigna mungo L.), Greengram (Vigna radiata L.), Redgram (Cajanus cajan L.), Horsegram (Macrotyloma uniflorum L.), Bengalgram (Cicer arietinum L.), Soybean (Glycine Max L.), Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata), Avarai (Lablab purpureus var typicus) and Mochai (Lablab purpureus var lignosus).