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Welcome to Horticultural Research Station, Vijayanagaram, Ooty

Location

 

Horticultural Research Station, Udhagamandalam, was established during the year 1988. The Research Station is located in the Nilgiris, the queen of hills at 11 24' N latitude, 74 4 E longitude and at an altitude of 2240 m above mean sea level. Annual average rainfall of 1236 mm is received in 90 rainy days. The mean maximum and minimum temperatures are 19.2 and 10.8 C respectively. The office, laboratory and green house are located in the Vijayanagaram Farm, near Centenary Rose Park.  The field experiments are conducted at Wood House Farm with an area of 8 hectares, near Doddabetta. The seed production of temperate vegetables is taken up at State Horticultural Farm, Nanjanad.

 

Mandate crops

         Potato

         Cabbage

         Carrot

         Beans

         Medicinal/aromatic plants

         Cut flowers

         Mushroom

 

Objectives

  • To breed high yielding varieties and develop suitable production technologies of temperate vegetables and cutflowers suitable for the Nilgiris

  • To develop new varieties in temperate fruits and develop suitable production technology

  • To collect and maintain germplasm of herbal spices, medicinal and aromatic plants and develop suitable varieties for the Nilgiris

  • To introduce new horticultural species to increase the income of the farmers

  • To develop new varieties of mushroom for commercial cultivation, impart training to the farmers and to supply spawn

  • To work out the production techniques for biodynamic organic farming system to reduce pesticide and chemical fertilizer application

  • To collect native acid tolerant strains of Azospirillum, Azotobacter, Phosphobacteria, Rhizobium and VAM for mass production and supply to the farmers

  • To mass produce bio control agents for the management of pest and diseases of hill crops

  • To produce and supply virus free potato seed tubers to farmers

  • To impart training on environment to preseve the Nilgiris ecosystem

  • To develop mixed farming and dry farming systems to the Nilgiris ecosystem

  • To mass multiply medicinal and aromatic plants for supply to the farmers

 

First Professor and Head

Dr. K. Nanjan

 

Project Details:

  • Introduction and testing of Mentha spp.

  • Development of cut flowers in the Nilgiris

  • Developments of medicinal and aromatic plants

  • Studies on mushroom, training and supply of quality spawn

  • Identification of suitable and beneficial microbial strains for hill vegetable crops

  • Biological control of hill crop pests and diseases

  • Promotion of new horticultural species for the Nilgiris ecosystem

  • Bio-dynamic organic farming in horticultural crops in Nilgiris Ecosystem

  • Evaluation of suitable varieties of cauliflower beans, peas and green for Nilgiris and production of breeder seeds

  • Mass production of bio-control agents for the management of pests and diseases of hill crops

 

Departments/Libraries

Departments

  • Horticulture

  • Agricultural Entomology

  • Plant Pathology

  • Plant Nematology

 

Laboratory details

  • Well-maintained laboratory is available for analysis of nutrients of soil and plants, identification of pests and diseases including nematodes and production of biological control agents.

 


 

Information of individual teachers

Name

Qualification

Specialization

e-mail ID

Dr. N. Selvaraj,

Professor and Head

Ph.D. in Horticulture

 

Bio-dynamic and organic farming

selvanan@yahoo.co.in

 

Dr. B. Ramaraj,

Professor

Ph.D. in Plant Pathology

VA Micorrhizae and mushroom

-

 

Dr. K. Devrajan,

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Plant Nematology

Biological control of plant-parasitic nematodes

raguldev@yahoo.co.in

 

 

Technologies:

Varieties released

Crop

Variety

Year of release

Yield t/ha

Salient features

Garlic

Ooty 1

1991

17.0

Short duration (120-130 days) Resistant to thrips and tip drying

Beet Root

Ooty 1

1992

31.5

Used as salad

Palak

Ooty 1

1995

15.0

Grown through out the year

Carrot

Ooty 1

1997

49.2

Free from premature boltin, root rot and cracking resistant to powdery mildew and leaf spot Prolific seed setter

Cauliflower Ooty

Ooty 1

1998

46.0

Drought resistant Good keeping quality

French Bean

Ooty 1

1999

13.7

Short duration (8 days) High protein (17.15%)

French Bean
(Bush type)

Ooty (FB) - 2

2001

15.2

String less beans (Non-fibrous)

Peas

Ooty 1

2000

12.1

Dwarf type sweet in taste

Chakarvarthi keerai

Ooty 1

2001

31.53

Short duration (55 days) Good keeping quality

Oyster mushroom

Ooty 1

1998

531 g/500 g Bed

Fleshy Protein 30.65% Duration: 40 days

Button mushroom

Ooty 1

1999

1.4 kg button/

10 kg substrate

Buttons are compact with good keeping quality

Button mushroom

Ooty (BM) - 2

2001

1.5 kg button/

10 kg substrate

Buttons are milky white and compact with good keeping quality and higher yield

     

Contact Address

 

Professor and Head,

Horticultural Research Station,

Vijayanagaram,

Udhagamandalam 643 001.

 

Phone: (0423) 2442170

 

e-mail ID: selvanan@yahoo.co.in

 

 

   

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