The Division of Crop Protection was established in the VIII five year plan when the Directorate of Pulses Research attained the status of Indian Institute of Pulses Research on 5thSeptember 1993. The Division comprises of Plant Pathology, Agricultural Entomology and Nematology sections and engaged in basic and applied strategic research on management of major insect pests; plant pathogens (fungi, bacteria, virus, etc.) and nematodes infesting the mandate crops of the Institute. The Division is equipped with latest facilities for molecular studies on pests and pathogens.
The Division has well equipped laboratories for research on biological control, bio-ecology, molecular biology, white fly culture facility and storage entomology. The Laboratories are equipped with latest equipments viz., Thermocycler, Gel documentation system, Fermentor, semi-automated microtome and microscopes with image acquisition and analysis system, Spectophotometer, ELISA, Deep Freezers, Refrigerated centrifuge, Refrigerated incubator shakers, Electrophoresis system, plant growth chambers, Water purification system etc.
The Division is maintaining sick plots for pigeonpea, chickpea and lentil wilts, phytophthora stem blight sick field of pigeonpea and sick tank available for Fusarium wilt race specific screening of chickpea and pigeonpea and micro-plots for Meloidogyne incognita, M. Javanica, Heterodera cajani and Pratylenchus thornei.
Entomology/ whitefly culture facility
Stored grain pest lab
Insect bio-ecology lab
Fig 1. Stem rot disease in pigeonpea
Fig 2. PCR plant virus diagnostic kit
ENP infected Galleria Larvae
Pulse Beetle infestation in cowpea
Pod borer in chickpea and pigeonpea