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ICAR-IIPR Regional Station, Phanda, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh



ICAR- Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Regional Station Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh was established in 2013 with the objective of catering the needs of pulses growing farmers of central India. The regional station is located in the Phanda village on the Bhopal-Indore highway near toll plaza and adjacent to M.P. state Agricultural Farm. It is about 20 km from Bhopal railway station and 25 km from Bhopal Airport. The mandate of this station is to conduct strategic pulses research for Central India, quality seed production including nucleus, breeder and foundation seed, characterization and evaluation of germplasm, generation of high yielding breeding lines for central India, conducting field demonstrations and transfer of technologies. The station is also engaged in capacity building of officials of state department of agriculture and training of farmers.

Thrust Area

  • To focus research on major pulses of central zone with emphasis on raindfed agroecosystem
  • Genetic improvement of pulses for central zone with emphasis on terminal drought and heat tolerance and fusarium wilt resistance in crops like chickpea and pigeonpea
  • Germplasm enhancement of important pulses of central zone with emphasis on germplasm evaluation, characterization and utilization in breeding programme through pre-breeding approaches.
  • To produce breeder seed of major pulses varieties released for central zone
  • To encourage farmers participation in the production of quality seed through seed hub
  • To disseminate need base technologies suitable for the farmers of central zone through front line demonstrations and other programs



Layout Plan of RRS, Bhopal

Human Resource: as on 01.12.2022

S. NO. Cadre Sanctioned Filled Vacant
1 Scientific 07 06 01
2 Technical 04 03 01
3 LDC 01 00 01
4 Driver 01 00 01
Total 13 09 04
Dr. Dibendu Datta
Principal Scientist (Plant Breeding) & Officer-in-charge

Dr. Gitanjali Sahay
Principal Scientist (Genetics & Plant Breeding)

Dr.(Mrs.) Archana Singh
Principal Scientist (EB & PGR)

Dr. Surendra Ghritlahre
Scientist (Genetics & Plant Breeding)

Dr. Alok Kumar
Scientist (Seed Science and Technology)

Dr. Nidhi Kumari
Scientist (Plant Pathology)

Technical Personnel:

S. NO. Name Position
1 Mr. Amit Bhatore Technical Assistant
2 Mr. Ritesh Pawar Technical Assistant
3 Mr. Priyank Shrivastav Technician

Research Projects Under Operations

A. Institute Projects

S.NO. Project (Discipline wise) PI & Co-PI
1 Genetic recourse management of pulses: collection, characterization and conservation of chickpea, pigeonpea(PGR)
  • Dr. D. Datta
  • Dr. Surendra K. Ghritlahre
2 Genetic Enhancement of Kabuli chickpea for higher productivity, wider adaptability and better quality (Crop Improvement/ CI)
  • Dr. Gitanjali Sahay
  • Dr. D. Datta
  • Dr. Nidhi Kumari
3 PGR Management and improvement of grasspea for low ODAP and high yield (CI)
  • Dr. Archana Singh
  • Dr. Neetu Singh
  • Dr. Surendra K. Ghritlahre
4 Development of biotic and abiotic stress resistant superior varieties through integrated conventional and modern breeding approach in medium duration pigeonpea
  • Dr. Surendra K. Ghritlahre
  • Dr. D. Datta

B. Externally Funded Projects

S.NO. Project (Discipline wise) PI & Co-PI
1 CRP on Agro-biodiversity in pigeonpea: component-1. Characterization
  • Dr. I.P. Singh,
  • Dr. Dibendu Datta
2 Creation of Seed hubs for increasing indigenous production of pulses in India
  • Dr. Gitanjali Sahay
3 Enhancing breeder seed production for increasing indigenous production of pulses in India.
  • Dr. Dibendu Datta
  • Dr. Surendra K. Ghritlahre
4 Chickpea mission programme for Characterization of Chickpea germplasm Resources to accelerate Genomics-assisted Crop Improvement
  • Dr. G.P. Dixit
  • Dr. Archana Singh
  • Dr.Surendra Ghritlahre

Research Activities

  • Strengthening of germplasm characterization, evaluation & utilization of pulses crops (chickpea, pigeonpea, lentil, urdbean, grasspea).
  • Improvement of kabuli chickpea for enhanced productivity, wider adaptability and nutritional.
  • Genetic enhancement of pigeonpea for central zone.
  • Improvement of grasspea for low ODAP and high yield.
  • Conduct of the national and international trials to identify superior genotypes for central zone
  • Identification of trait specific donors of pulses
  • Breeder and quality seed production of varieties developed by IIPR for Central Zone

Significant achievements

Varieties Developed: Five varieties released and notified for Madhya Pradesh

  • Urdbean:IPU 13-1, IPU 10-26, IPU 11-02 & IPU 17-1
  • Lentil:IPL 534

Genetic enhancement and characterization of germplasm Chickpea

  • 2640 accessions of chickpea germplasm were characterized
  • An open flower chickpea germplasm (IC 349468) was identified
  • Four early maturing chickpea germplasm (IC 271435, IC 209236, IC 468644, PA03716) were observed
  • Ten germplasm accessions (IC 16423, IC 16397, IC 83891, IC 83406, IC 342699, IC 116328, IC 275319, ICC 8992, IC 275447-1 & EC 55720) with 3 seed per pod were documented
  • An accession of high anthocyanin germplasm (IC 349468) was identified
  • Three genotypes (IC 424391, IC 83745 and IC 83743) with flat stem were identified
  • Three extra-large seeded Kabuli chickpea genotypes [FLIP09-104C (54.20 g), FLIP07-6C-S1 (50.65 g) and ICC 14203 (49.9 g)] were observed


  • Six dwarf and early maturing germplasm accessions (IC 4090169, IC 369575, IC 384030, IC 343913, IC 446083, IC 261339) of pigeonpea were identified for multi-location validation
  • Nine germplasm accessions (IC 260231, IC 267500, IC 267504, IC 267519, IC 298607, IC396078, IC 373237, IC 396817, IC 421058) of large seed pigeonpea were documented for multi-location validation
  • Seven germplasm accessions (IC 553544, IC 523533, IC 523564, IC 523549, IC 523547, IC 523587, IC 523585) of pigeonpea with 6-8 seeds per pod were identified for multi-location validation


  • 721 germplasm accessions of grasspea were procured and conserved at IIPR, RS, Bhopal
  • Unique germplasm viz. IPLa1for green seed colour, IPLA 2 (18.1 g); IPLA4 (14.9 g) and IPLa5 (15.8 g) for large seed size were identified
  • Five low ODAP genotypes (IPLa 24 (0.05 %), IPLa 28 (0.06 %), IPLa 30 (0.06 %), IPLa 20 (0.06 %), IPLa 27 (0.07 %) were documented

Other research activities

  • Wild pulse garden was created and 244 accessions of different wild species were collected and conserved
  • Fusarium wilt sick plot of chickpea, pigeonpea and lentil are under development for race studies

Seed production

  • 855.49 q of breeder seed of different varieties of pulses (chickpea, pigeonpea, lentil, fieldpea and Urdbean) were produced during last five years
  • 285.31 q of truthfully labelled seed of pulse crops were produced at the station and distributed to conduct FLDs, extension experiments and SC sub plan programme
  • 4142.65 q of quality seed of various pulses were produced during 2016-2022 under seed hub project

Extension and HRD activities

  • 700 farmers visited at station from 13 districts of M.P. (Vidisha, Shajapur, shujalpur, khandawa, Rajgarh, Sehore, Berasia, Raisen, Datia, Shivpuri, Sagar, Hoshangabad and Bhopal).
  • Four students from IIM, Indore & school children of Bhopal & Sehore visited station
  • 138 FLDs were conducted: Urdbean (30), pigeonpea (25), chickpea (45), lentil (25) and field peas (13)
  • Dr. Archana Singh visited Ethiopia for BMS training under BMGF project and Tanzania under NARS partner visit cum training programme on Excellence in Breeding.

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