• Undertake basic and strategic research on the pre-emptive, causative as well as epidemiological aspects of biotic stresses in crops using available data-bases converging genomics/proteomics technologies, bio-informatics, biodiversity, bio-security assessment to enable plant protection development
  •  Develop human resources, networking institutions and universities at national/ international levels for academic excellence and establishing linkages with industry for technology management
  • Linkages and policy support research

Sectoring Research Mandate Among Four Schools


Crop Health Biology Research

Microbial Systems

Plant Microbe Interactions


Bacteriology and Mollicutes



Zoological pests


Molecular Taxonomy based Diagnostics Unknown etiologies

Pathogenesis and Epidemiology in climate change

Phylogenic Evolution

Crop Health Management Research

Integrated Pest Management

Pre-emptive Host Resistance

Preventive and Social IPM

Biointensive IPM

Chemotherapeutic IPM

Host Resistance Breeding

Host Resistance Typing

Gene Deployment

Agronomic innovations IPM sensitization

Innovative exploration of Biocontrol agents and endosymbionts

MAS and MABC for developing resistant genotypes Transgenics

Pest/Pathogen diversity and national repositories Simpler and reliable assays for resistance screening

Spatial and temporal dynamics of pest populations

Crop Resistance System Research

Invasive Pestilence

Defense Regulation

Non – Host Resistance

Qualitative Resistance

Quantitative Resistance

Host- Pathogen recognition

Defense Pathways and biomolecules

Durable Resistance

Transduction pathways leading to HR

Molecular mechanism of apoptosis

Molecular mechanism of slow pestilence and QTLs

Genetics of elicitor-receptor recognition patterns

SAR,NPR 1, Phytohormones, TFs, PR proteins, PDR, Small RNAs, Plantibodies, Lytic peptides

Domain swapping of Cry genes, Gene stacking, CRISPR/Cas9

Crop Health Policy Support Research

Bio-risk Management

IPR in Biotic Stress Management

Climate Change Risks

SPS measures


Invasive pests




Forecasting and Prediction

Climate resilience in pest control

Linkages with IPPC and strengthening quarantine procedures

Imminent transboundary invasive pests and preparatory containment measures

International cooperation and vigilant monitoring

Isolation of new defense genes, New defense pathways, Artificial R genes, Novel Endosymbionts and Biocontrol agents

Better market opportunities

Indigenous knowledge pertaining to pest control

Analysis of temperature fluctuations, erratic rainfall patterns and green house gases on survival, overwintering and dynamisms of agricultural pests

Database and research on climate resilient cultivars, donors, R genes and promoters

Database and research on efficacy of biorationals and pesticides in changed climatic regimes