The Department of Vegetable Crops was established during 1979 as a component of Horticultural College and Research Institute and since then, intensive research, education and extension activities are pursued to promote vegetable crops cultivation.

Started separate M.Sc (Hort.) and Ph.D (Hort.) in Vegetable Science during 2004. Courses related to general horticulture., vegetable breeding and applied vegetable cultivation are being offered to students of UG, PG and Ph.D degree programmes of this University.

Crop improvement, crop crop management, plant protection and post harvest technology of vegetable crops are the mandatory


Areas of research.

The Department is pioneer in standardizing grafting technology in Brinjal.

The Department is rich in more than 1000 germplasm in the major vegetable crops viz,., tomato, chilli, bhendi, amaranthus, onion, gourds and tuber crops.



To teach courses on vegetable science in a comprehensive manner for undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral students


Germplasm collection, evaluation and conservation in major vegetable crops viz., tomato, brinjal, chilli, bhendi, onion, gourds, amaranthus, yams and minor tubers.

Breeding for yield enhancement and resistance to biotic and abiotic stress in tropical vegetable crops.

Breeding for quality improvement in tropical vegetable crops.

Standardization of agro techniques for vegetable cultivation under drip and fertigation system.

Grafting studies in tomato, brinjal and gourds.

Standardization of hi tech vegetable production under protected cultivation.




To produce vegetable seeds of TNAU released varieties / hybrids under farmers participatory approach and supplied to farmers.

To disseminate the technologies developed in vegetable crops to needy people and entrepreneurs through training, demonstrations, publications and mass media.

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