Crop Production and Post Harvest Technology
Head of the Division  
Dr.C K Thankamani
Division of Crop Production and Post Harvest Technology focus on the development of suitable spice based cropping/farming systems, GIS and crop modeling based on microclimatic factors, production of quality planting material, organic farming, efficacy of biofertilizers, Integrated Plant Nutrient Management, identification of drought tolerant varieties, evaluation for high quality lines, basic studies on the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, characterization of bioactive principles in spices and post harvest processing techniques in spices.
Major Activites:  
  Production management and processing of spice crops.
Major Research Areas:  
  • Agronomy
  • Soil science
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Plant physiology
  • Post Harvest Technology
  • Standardized technology for organic farming in spices especially black pepper,ginger and turmeric
  • Planting materials of released varieties black pepper,ginger,turmeric,nutmeg,cinnamon and cardamom seedlings are being produced and distributed to various developmental agencies of india.
  • High quality such as oil oleoresin and intrinsic principles rich black pepper, cardomom, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cassia and nutmeg lines were identified.
  • Value added products such as white pepper from green pepper,salted ginger,new packing system for spices are new initiatives in spice processing.


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