The Department of Medicinal & Aromatic crops was established in 2010 with an objective of conducting need based research in major medicinal and aromatic crops for evolving improved cultivars, improving the productivity, management of pest and diseases and standardizing improved post harvest techniques for major medicinal and aromatic crops. The mandate crops are Coleus forskohlii, Gloriosa superba, Solanum nigrum, Gymnema sylvestre, Andrographis paniculata, Plumbago zeylanica, Phyllanthus amarus, Cassia angustifolia, Catharanthus roseus and aromatic crops like vetiver, palmarosa.

  • Assemblage of genetic resources and development of improved cultivars in medicinal and aromatic crops
  • Development of improved package of practices through Good Agricultural Practices for improving the production of medicinal and aromatic crops
  • Conduct need based research in production, processing, post harvest management and plant protection to produce quality raw material of medicinal and aromatic crops
Research Focus 
  • The department focuses research on major medicinal plants like Gloriosa superba, Solanum nigrum, Plumbago zeylanica, Coleus forskohlii and aromatic crops like palmarosa and vetiver to develop superior strains and to improve the production through improved management practices. 
  • The department has initiated germplasm collections in Solanum nigrum, Gloriosa superba, Coleus forskohlii, Catharanthus roseus with crop improvement research conducted through selection, hybridization and mutation breeding techniques.
  • The All India Co-ordinated Research Project on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and Betelvine is functioning at this department with research on mandate crops viz., Solanum nigrum, Plumbago zeylanica and Gloriosa superba.
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