CPCRI

Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod

The headquarters of the institute is situated at Kasaragod - the erstwhile Coconut Research Station established in 1916 by the Presidency of Madras. The Institute has two regional stations (Kayamkulam in Kerala and Vitla in Karnataka) and three research centers (Mohitnagar in West Bengal, Kahikuchi in Assam and Kidu in Karnataka) At present, ICAR-CPCRI focuses on research in coconut, arecanut and cocoa. The Institute has provided an inspiring leadership in research and development of technologies contributing to India’s emergence as the world leader in the production of coconut and arecanut. The milestone research achievements of CPCRI include discovery of hybrid vigor, light interception and root spread studies (that resulted in the development of cropping system models), development of pests/diseases management, development of protocols for embryo culture and cryopreservation of embryos and pollen, processing protocol for novel coconut products etc. Besides large collection of germplasm, the Institute has seven patents as its intellectual property. Furthering its achievement in development of technologies, the institute has been successful in taking it to the farmers and other stakeholders through innovative technology transfer initiatives.

Acting Director:
Dr. Anitha Karun

Anitha Karun, Head of Crop Improvement Division of the Kasaragod-based Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI), has assumed charge as Acting Director of the institute. She succeeds P Chowdappa, who laid down office on voluntary basis on January 10. She has been serving the CPCRI since 1991. Before joining Agricultural Research Service,she worked at Kerala Agricultural University(Pilicode).

Anitha Karun has experience in the field of tissue culture, biotechnology, horticulture and plantation crops, and developed technologies such as tissue culture in arecanut, cryo-preservation of coconut pollen and molecular biotechnological aspects. She has published over 100 research articles in international journals.