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About us

The Division of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry came into being since inception of the institute during 1968. The Division of Biotechnology was established on 13.01.1993 to take up focused and state of the art research in the field of horticultural biotechnology. Recently these divisions are merged to address physiological, biochemical, nutritional and biotechnological aspects of horticultural crops. The divisions comprise laboratories on tissue culture, molecular biology, pesticide residue as well as physiology and biochemistry. The division was earlier headed by Dr. Raja Rao, Dr. Doreswamy, Dr. Selvaraj, Dr. Awasthi and Dr. G.S.R. Murti,  Dr. S.Shivashankar, Dr. Lilitha Anand, Dr. Ashwath, Dr. Akella Vani and presently being headed  by  Dr K.S.Shivashankara.


  • To undertake basic and applied research on physiological, biochemical and biotechnological aspects of horticultural crops with particular reference to physiology of growth, development, yield , quality and gene discovery.
  • To assess the impact of climate change on crop productivity and quality.

Thrust areas

  • Physiology of growth and development; Crop responses to abiotic and biotic stresses; Physiological disorders of fruit crops; Nutritive value of fruits and vegetables and pesticide dynamics studies
  • Molecular markers, Marker Assisted Selection, Functional Genomics, Regeneration and transgenics, Gene discovery and Bioinformatics








Dr. Debi Sharma

Principal Scientist & Head

Division of Basic Sciences

ICAR-IIHR, Hessaraghatta Lake Post

Bangalore – 560 089.