Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore

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Department of Rice


The Department of Rice previously known as “Paddy Breeding Station” is a constituent of the Centre for Plant Breeding and Genetics, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. This station conducts multidisciplinary research for rice improvement. In 1912 during the British colonial period, one Government Economic Botanist (GEB) was posted at Coimbatore to initiate research on this most vital crop of the country. Thus Paddy Breeding Station came into existence at this place as the oldest rice research station in the modern India. Geographically this research station is located at an elevation of 426.72 m, between 11o N latitude and 770 E longitude.

Research :

=> Non-Plan-Main, CPBG, Dept. of Rice, TNAU, Coimbatore
=> All India Co ordinated Rice Improvement Programme (ICAR)
=> Part II Plan scheme – Development of Hybrid Rice
=> Characterization and use of EMS induced mutants of rice variety Nagina 22 for yield and drought tolerance (GOI –DBT)
=> IRRI- GCP - Connecting Performance under drought with genotypes through phenotype
=> IRRI-BMGF - Philippines "Stress tolerant rice for poor farmers in Africa & South Asia"
=> Revolving Fund – Seed production in rice hybrids
=> Testing of private rice hybrids and varieties
=> Rice biofortification with enhanced iron and zinc in high yielding non-basmati cultivars through marker assisted breeding and transgenic approaches – phase II (GOI-DBT)
=> Metabolic and molecular profiling of aromatic rice germplasm of India for gaining insights about aroma (GOI –DBT)
=> Safeguarding Asian Rice production from a rapidly warming climate (IRRI-BMZ)
=> Novozymes South Asia – Field evaluation of JumpStart (Pencillium bilaii, a phosphate solubilizing fungus ) in rice
=> Wild rice magic – DBT-DFID-BMGF-IRRI

Department of Rice
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Coimbatore – 641 003.
Tamil Nadu

Phone No. : 91-422-2474967

Email: [email protected]


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