Satellite Breeding Stations of Kaveri

Based on the research gaps identified in the farmer’s field for each crop, the R&D strategy has been prepared. To meet the respective crop breeding objectives, different satellite stations were established in India. Keeping in view with region specific problems, accordingly for cotton, South Zone, Central Zone, North Zone for maize 5 stations in North, South and Western parts , for rice breeding 8 centres across the country, while for pearl millet western, southern and northern parts of the country. Similarly for vegetables at different strategic locations breeding work is carried in the country. The breeding material generated in these centres will be advanced and evaluated in the breeding trials by the concerned breeders and promising entries will be promoted to the next generation keeping in view with the desired objective. The hybrids developed in these breeding stations have to undergo through and stringent testing stages which includes MLT’s, HAT and Pre Commercial. We involve the farmers and sales team in Pre commercial stage of testing to get their feedback, which is primarily considered as an important component along with the consistency of field data before the launch of the new product(s).
In this endeavour we could able to design and develop promising, tailor made products so that it can fit well to the aspirations of the farmer/ consumer/ market needs. Further, smooth and robust penetration into the market, it is important to us, that our product(s) excel in performance as compared to the leading competitors.

Technology led Innovation

We know, the biggest portion of increase in agriculture production is caused by technological innovation. Our intense research activities focused on designing suitable hybrids, keeping in mind the farmers’ needs has helped significantly improve the yield for farmers.

As a part of our sustainable growth strategy we consistently have invested in Research & Development (R & D) and since 2001 our R&D base is recognized by the Government of India’s , Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR).

Realizing the immense potential of biotechnology in fostering and fortifying traditional breeding, we have formulated an integrated programme of molecular breeding. Our state-of-the-art biotechnology laboratory is well-equipped with sophisticated equipment and is supported by highly qualified personnel. Our R&D team comprises of about 100 personnel, including more than 20 scientists.

We blend traditional breeding with advanced Biotechnology, Candidate Gene Strategy and Association Mapping, among others. This enables us to develop superior hybrids and inbred varieties that are high-yielding under optimum input use and stress environments.

Our smart breeding approach produces results with a consistent focus on producing more from less. We look at each crop through the eyes of the grower. Our diverse portfolio caters to key crop segments and mitigates the risk of unanticipated shifts in crop rotation. Our relentless innovation has helped to enhance farmer yields enormously and earned us goodwill among farmers and distributors.

Our new hybrids in cotton, maize, rice, bajra and vegetables made significant impact on the farm yield. Besides, a strong pipeline of hybrids is ready to be launched, which are tailored to yield in different environmental conditions.

We have invested in state-of-the-art biotechnological interventions to enable efficient quality check measures. Besides, our biotechnology lab (enabling smart breeding) has made us the most productive and innovative in the industry; and we continue to strengthen returns, while accelerating the pace of innovation

We have developed

  • A committed a network of 1,00,000 + production growers across
    12 different agro-climatic zones
  • Over 600 acres of dedicated research farms with varying agro-climatic conditions
  • A satellite centre for rice in Lucknow and for vegetables in Guntur.

Germplasm acts as a reservoir for further breeding programmes in frontier line of research to carve, augment and design the plant types according to the changing needs of different farmers across various crop segments. We have deployed frontier technologies such as doubled haploid breeding, Marker Assisted Selection (MAS), Marker Assisted Recurrent Selection (MARS), Rapid Generation Advance (RGA), inbred pool heterotic bins and Multi-parent Advanced Generation Inter-Cross Populations (MAGIC) to further boost germplasm.

Molecular Breeding

Molecular Breeding

Molecular Breeding

Other Biotechnology

  • Marker-assisted recurrent selection (MARS) approach is followed to incorporate desired genes for grain yield and drought tolerance into parental lines to develop high yielding drought tolerant maize hybrids
  • Initiated a project for identifying molecular markers to tag genes / QTL for tolerance to post-flowering stalk rot (PFSR) disease and Markers-assisted selection for improving lines for PFSR disease in maize
  • A project will be initiated for identifying molecular markers to tag QTL for tolerance to Turcicum leaf Blight (TLB) disease and implement Markers-assisted selection for improving lines for TLB disease in maize
  • A project will be initiated for identifying molecular markers to tag genes / QTL for tolerance to Banded leaf sheath blight (BSLB) disease and implement Markers-assisted selection for improving lines for BSLB disease in maize
  • Pyramiding of Biotic stress resistant traits (BLB, BLAST and BPH) in to rice hybrid parental lines and selections
  • Development of Abiotic tolerance(Submergence) rice through marker assisted selection
  • Phenotype screening of Biotic stress resistance rice (BLB, BLAST and BPH) – in-house with artificial screening and hotspot locations
  • Introgression of Bt genes (Cry1 Ac, Cry2 Ab) in cotton is being done using conjunct use of biotech and conventional breeding approaches
  • DNA Fingerprinting of Kaveri hybrid crops through molecular approaches
  • Assessing genetic purity of hybrids and parental seed lots using molecular markers
  • Assessing genetic diversity of germplasm for development of commercial hybrids through molecular marker applications

Since India is a diversified agro climatic country, the adaptability of crops to various zones, pest & diseases differ and also the choice of farmers and consumers vary. To design a plant type according to the situation, robust method of evaluation is utmost important. We are equipped with state-of-the-art seed testing laboratory at Pamulaparthy. Seeds are checked for genetic and physical purity as well as germination, following the Indian Minimum Seed Certification Standards (IMSCS).

As a process we conduct approximately 100 evaluation trials for each season against the best commercial products available as checks for both field and vegetable crops. The USP’s of each product along with their tolerance level towards both biotic & abiotic stress is recorded.

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