The division produces over a million disease-free tissue cultured plants annually of forestry/agro-forestry species, fruit crops, cash crops, medicinal and aromatic plants, cash crops, and ornamentals (both foliage and flowering).
This division is actively involved in the development and application of biofertilizers in a wide range of plants, and has a core competence in technology development, bioremediation, plant tissue culture, and plant genetic engineering. With ingenious combinations and permutations between these areas, important traits or genes can be introduced into plants, resulting in crop improvement and the production of novel features in plants.
The Centre for Mycorrhizal Research promotes cost-effective, environmental friendly alternatives to ensure higher plant productivity in marginal lands, unproductive lands, reclaimed lands and wastelands created by the industry. The Centre uses a beneficial group of micro-organisms, known as mycorrhizal fungi, which form an association with the roots of higher plants.