Research Achievements

The project wise achievements for the year 2015-16 are summurised hereunder.

Inhouse Projects
Sl. No. Project Title
Mega Project 1 : Improvement of Commercial Flower Crops
1 Breeding of Gladiolus for Quality and Yield Report : 2015-16
2 Breeding of Chrysanthemum for Quality Flower and Pot Mum Production Report : 2015-16
3 Breeding of Tuberose for Novel Colour and Oil Recover Report : 2015-16
4 Improvement of Lawn Grasses for Turf Report : 2015-16
Mega Project 2 : Standardization of Production Technology in Commercial Flower Crops
1 Production Technology of Tuberose Report : 2015-16
Mega Project 3 : Post Harvest Management and Value Addition
1 Standardization of Post Harvest Packaging Technology for Tuberose and Jasmine Report : 2015-16
Mega Project 4 : Plant Protection of Commercial Flower Crops
1 Insect Pest Management of Commercial Flower Crops Report : 2015-16
2 Investigation on Virus and Phytoplasma Diseases of Commercial Flower Crops Report : 2015-16
3 Assessment of Nematode Infestation in Major Flower Crops and Management of Root-knot Nematodes in Tuberose Report : 2015-16
Externally Funded Projects
Sl. No. Project Title
Consortium Research Platforms
1 New Initiative Project on Protected Horticulture Report : 2015-16
2 ICAR-Consortia Research Platform on Borers in Network Mode Report : 2015-16
3 Studies on Male Sterility System to Increase the Efficiency of F1 Hybrids in Horticultural Crops- DFR for Marigold Report : 2015-16
ICAR Extramural Research Projects
1 Indian Floriculture Industry: Production, Marketing and Export Dynamics Report : 2015-16
2 Phytonematodes in Floriculture: Identification, Occurrence, Distribution and GIS Mapping Report : 2015-16
3 Characterization and Natural Spread Sources of Phytoplasmas Affecting major Floricultural Crops of India Report : 2015-16

Salient Research Achievements(2009-14)

  • 1) Identified chrysanthemum cultivars suitable for pot culture (Anmol, Himanshu and Flash Point); early flowering (Lucido, Red Stone, Cloverlea Star, Spacer, Autumn Eyes and Flash Point); no-pinch and no-stake type (Bindiya, Bi-colour Bonsai, Valerie, Miko, Kotoi No Kaori, Yellow Charm and Gum Drop); cut sprays (Calimaro Sunny Yellow, Calimaro Sunny Pink, Punch White, Vanity Pink, White Bouquet, Tera Red, Amalfi, Lequila, Laguna White, Sunny Punch Yellow, Yukari, Ronilla Red, Sparkle White, and Ahulo Yellow) and late bloomers (Coffee, Dark Eyes and Maghi).

  • 2) Standardized the potting medium comprising of Cocopeat + Sand + FYM + Vermicompost (2:1:0.5:0.5) and Cocopeat + Sand + FYM + Enriched media compost (2:1:0.5:0.5) for pot mum production of chrysanthemum.

  • 3) Identified gladiolus cultivars for staggered planting to extend the blooming cv. Purple Flora, Verona, Snow Princess, Priscilla, Amsterdam, Flavo Souvenir, Jester Gold, Hunting Song, Rosibee Red, Princess Margaret Rose, Yellow Stone, Novalux and Ocilla for November planting; cv. Snow Princess, Beau Jour and Bean Benton for December and January planting.

  • 4) Five radiation induced mutants in Cynodon dactylon namely DFR 440, DFR-C-444, DFR-C-445, DFR-C 446 and DFR-C-448 are identified that are dwarf with better quality, shorter internodes and leaves.

  • 5) Strategies for chemical weed control developed in tuberose and gladiolus where application of Pendimethalin @ 1 kg a.i./ha in tuberose and 0.75 kg a.i./ha in gladiolus was found to be effective.

  • 6) Identified gladiolus cultivars having longer vase life of 12-14 days (Flevo Souvenir, Argentina, Plum Tart, Amsterdam, Priscilla, Verona, Pink Friendship, White Prosperity and Big Time Supreme) and 10-12 days (Flevo Laguna, Flevo Amico, Gold Field, Jessica, Invitatie and Blues) as against 4- 9 days in other cultivars.

  • 7) Identified the three best cultivars of tuberose namely Shringar (0.0597%), Prajwal (0.0548%) and Arka Nirantara (0.0546%) for concrete recovery among 12 cultivars.

  • 8) Plastic crates compared to gunny bags, nylon mesh bags, and bamboo baskets was found to be the best for packing marigold flower for extended storage of 6 days.

  • 9) Inverted hang drying method for Helichrysum, Acroclinum and Statice; Hot air drying and microwave oven drying with silica gel embedding for gaillardia and annual chrysanthemum; Wet drying (pre-treatment of ethanol and poly ethylene glycol as humectants) for marigold var. Serakal and Celosia were found to be the best drying methods.

  • 10) For effective drying of Limonium flower, the final moisture content was optimized as 15 per cent (db) to avoid shattering of flowers and the bundle size of 500g has been optimized for the drying time. In wet drying of orchid, 30 per cent glycerol was better in terms of solution uptake and drying time.

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