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Indian Institute of Spices Research

Indian Institute of Spices Research
Established 1975
Type Autonomous Organization
Location Kozhikode, Kerala, India
Campus Vellimadukunnu (Marikkunnu), Kozhikode
Former names Regional Station of CPCRI
National Research Centre for Spices (NRCS)
Nickname IISR
Website IISR

The Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) is an autonomous organization engaged in agricultural research related to spices in India. The institute has its headquarters in Vellimadukunnu (Marikkunnu), Kozhikode, Kerala and is a subsidiary of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, under the Ministry of Agriculture, India.


  • History 1
  • Mandate 2
  • Service Profile 3
    • Research 3.1
    • Education Corner 3.2
    • Farmers' Corner 3.3
  • Crops profile 4
  • Facilities 5
    • Laboratories and Equipment 5.1
    • Library and Information 5.2
    • DUS Testing Facility 5.3
    • Tissue Culture Accreditation Facility 5.4
  • Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) 6
  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) 7
  • Awards and recognitions 8
  • Publications 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


ICAR, in 1971, launched a project, All India Coordinated Spices and Cashew Improvement Project (AICSCIP) at Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) at Kasaragod, Kerala to initiate research activities for the development of spice crops. Later, the project was upgraded as a Regional station and the base was shifted to Kozhikode in 1975. In 1986, ICAR merged the station with Cardamom Research Centre of CPCRI located at Appangala, Karnataka under the name, National Research Centre for Spices (NRCS). NRCS was further upgraded in 1995 as the Indian Institute of Spices Research.[1][2]


IISR was formed with a five-fold mandate :

Target group : Farmers & Planters Mandate : To extend services and technologies to conserve genetic resources of spices as well as soil, water and air of spices agro ecosystems. Programs :

  • Collection, conservation, characterization and cataloguing of germplasm of spice crops for yield and other economically important characters.
  • System approach for sustainable production of spices.

Target group : Farmers, Planters & Industries Mandate : To develop high yielding and high quality spice varieties and sustainable production and protection systems using traditional and non-traditional techniques and novel biotechnological approaches. Programs :

  • Breeding improved varieties of spice crops for yield, quality, drought and resistance to pests and diseases through conventional and molecular approaches.
  • Identification, characterization and development of diagnostics against pests, pathogens nematodes of spice crops.
  • Developing integrated pest and disease management strategies in spice crops.
  • Systems approach for sustainable production of spices.
  • Production of nucleus planting materials of improved varieties of spice crops.

Target group : Farmers, Planters & Industries Mandate : To develop post harvest technologies of spices with emphasis on product development and product diversification for domestic and export purposes. Programs :

Target group : Farmers, Planters, Researchers & Development Agencies Mandate : To act as a centre for training in research methodology and technology upgradation of spices and to coordinate national research projects. Programs :

  • Extension and training
  • Developing customized software and expert systems on spices

Target group : Farmers, Planters & Policy makers Mandate : To monitor the adoption of new and existing technologies to make sure that research is targeted to the needs of the farming community. Programs :

  • Economics, Statistics and modeling
  • Extension and training

Service Profile

The service spectrum of IISR spreads over three areas:[3]


the Institute provides research facilities related to spice crops, both Institute funded and externally funded. The objectives of the research programs span over:

  • Collection, conservation, evaluation and cataloging of germplasm.
  • Development of varieties of high yield, quality and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses through conventional and biotechnological approaches.
  • Standardizing propagation methods to ensure large scale production and distribution of high yielding genotypes
  • Development of agrotechniques for increasing production and productivity.
  • Integrated pest and disease management.
  • Post harvest technology
  • Socio-economic aspects of cultivation, marketing and information dissemination in spices.
  • Investigation on nutraceuticals and pharmacokinetics aspects of spices.

Education Corner

IISR provides facilities for research and project based education at Masters and PhD levels.[4]

Ph D Programme Indian Institute of Spices Research is affiliated to Mangalore University, University of Kerala, Kerala Agricultural University, Acharya Nagarjuna University and Kannur University and offers doctoral research programs in various subjects:

MSc/MTech Project: IISR offers a platform for project work for the students of MSc/MTech.

MPhil Thesis Work: MPhil programme students can undertake the thesis work under any of the scientists of the institute.

Post MSc/MTech Training: MSc/MTech holders can join for Post MSc/MTech Training under any of the scientists of the institute.

Farmers' Corner

IISR has, from time to time, organized projects for the development of spices farming. The All India Coordinated Research Project on Spices (AICRPS) is one such project.[5] Further, IISR has prepared a knowledge base for the farmers, consisting of :

  • Package of Practices: cultivation practices recommended for different spices available as pdf and html versions.
  • Pamphlets in Malayalam
  • Planting Materials: Availability,cost of different planting materials.
  • Spice Varieties: Information on major spice varieties released from the institute.
  • Success Stories: Proven technologies of the institute.

Crops profile

Ten crops have been brought under the mandate of the Indian Institute of Spices Research.[6]

  1. Garcinia (Garcinia gummi-gutta)
  2. Black pepper (Piper nigrum)
  3. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  4. Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)
  5. Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
  6. Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
  7. Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
  8. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)
  9. Paprika (Capsicum annuum)
  10. Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia)


Laboratories and Equipment

IISR has a range of full fledged laboratories:

Centralized Molecular Biology facility: A centralized laboratory with Equipments such as PCR systems, electrophoresis units, gel documentation systems, particle delivery system, transilluminators, Protein Profile Probe, Cryo- preservation unit etc.

Centralized Biochemistry laboratory: For the quality evaluation, studies on nutraceuticals, plant physiology and biochemical studies equipped with HPLC, gas chromatograph, HPTLC, refractometer, moisture analyzer, Cylotec sample mill, freeze drier, vacuum concentrator, chlorophyll flurometer, plant canopy analyzer, Photosynthetic system, plant growth chamber etc.

Centralized Soil Chemistry lab: A state of art of Soil Chemistry for soil and nutrient profile studies. Atomic absorption spectrophotometer, nitrogen analyzer, ion meter etc. are available here.

Centralized Plant Protection lab: An advanced Plant Protection lab with different types of microscopes with image analyzing systems, thermal cyclers, deep freezers, ultra centrifuges, Elisa reader with washer & printer, incubated shakers, walk- in- cold room etc.

GCMS facility: For finger printing of aroma compounds in spices with all the latest libraries.

Biocontrol laboratory: A modern biocontrol laboratory for mass multiplicaton of biocontrol agents and natural enemies with fermentors, shakers etc.

Library and Information

IISR has an extensive facility called the National Informatics Centre on Spices (NICS) which maintains global scientific literature, e-journals, offline and online databases, Internet connectivity and data storage facility. The library is automated with LIBSYS software. They also maintain a web portal, SpicE- Library and has an institutional repository named ‘D-Spice’ has been developed using the Open Software D- Space. The library has a collection of 4311 books, 3451 bound volumes, 2305 reprints, 906 technical reports 127 theses and 153 project reports. Currently the library is subscribing to 36 foreign journals including 14 online journals and 84 Indian Journals. It has access to online databases such as CeRA, CAB Abstracts and Academic Online.[7]

DUS Testing Facility

IISR, in coordination with PPV&FR Authority, New Delhi, has set up a DUS testing laboratory which facilitates testing crop varieties for distinctiveness, uniqueness and stability (DUS).

Tissue Culture Accreditation Facility

Another service provided by IISR is the certification of tissue cultured spices plants. IISR has a laboratory for this purpose where spices are tested for virus infection and genetic fidelity under this facility.

The other facilities include a Bioinformatics Centre[8] for seamless integration of life sciences and information science, a Geographic Information System (GIS) centre for GIS information, remote sensing and 3D modelling,[9] a fully air conditioned Conference Hall which can accommodate 120 people and a Guest House.[10]

Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC)

The ATIC is an IISR associate, serving as a single window for technology dissemination. The major activities of ATIC are:[11]

  • Distribution of quality planting material
  • Production and distribution of printed literature
  • Farm advisory services including crop diagnostic services
  • Information dissemination through multimedia, video and interactive databases
  • Providing audio visual aid support to the institute activities
  • Organizing technology dissemination services like exhibitions, seminars to farmers and other users.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK)

Krishi Vigyan Kendra was established in 1992 at Peruvannamuzhi village in Kozhikode as a subsidiary of the IISR. The principal objective was effective transfer of technology to the farming community.[12] KVK is based at the IISR experimental farm in the village. The service spectrum of KVK includes:

  • Farm Advisory Services
  • Production and supply of Trichoderma
  • Supply of improved breeds of chicks
  • Plant and Animal Health Centre

Awards and recognitions

IISR was awarded the Outstanding ICAR Institution Awards in 1999 and 2009 and received the ICAR Best Annual Report Award for the year 1996-97. Further, many scientists of IISR have been recognized at various levels.[13]


IISR has published many books for the farmers on the various aspects of spices farming and maintenance.[14]

Sl. No. Title Year of Publication
1 Spice Varieties 1991
2 Diseases of Black Pepper 1991
3 Biological control in Spices 1996
4 Protocols for Micro propagation of Spices and Aromatic crops[15] 1996
5 Bio diversity conservation and utilisation of Spices Medicinal and Aromatic Plants[16] 1999
6 Varieties of Spices 2001
7 Bush Pepper, White Pepper, Rapid Multiplication of Black Pepper, Storage of Seed Ginger Rhizomes 2001
8 The Saga of Spices Research 2001
9 Spices Indica 2001
10 Problems and Prospects in Spices Production and Export 2002
11 Major Spices Production and Processing 2010
12 Package of Practices:Black Pepper, Ginger, Turmeric, Clove, Nutmeg, Cinnamon and Vanilla 2005
13 Zingiberaceous Spices -Technologies for sustainable production 2008
14 Plant Pathogens and Their Biocontrol Agents - Diagnostics and characterization[17] 2008
14 Major Spices Production and Processing 2010

In addition, many papers prepared at IISR is in circulation as pamphlets and web content.[18][19]

See also


  1. ^ History
  2. ^ KISSAN-Kerala
  3. ^ Indian Institute of Spices Research,Indian Council of Agricultural Research, India
  4. ^ Indian Institute of Spices Research Recruitment 2014 – Walk in for Sr Research Fellow Posts |
  5. ^ Home
  6. ^ Mandate Crops
  7. ^ Library and Information
  8. ^ Bioinformatics Centre
  9. ^ GIS
  10. ^ Facilities
  11. ^
  12. ^ About KVK
  13. ^ Awards/Honours
  14. ^ Publications for Sale
  15. ^ Cookies Required - CAB Direct
  16. ^ Biodiversity, conservation & utilization of spices, medicinal & aromatic ... - Indian Institute of Spices Research - كتب Google
  17. ^
  18. ^ Tree spices -Crop improvement | ICAR
  19. ^

External links

  • Official IISR channel on YouTube
  • on ICAR web site
  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra web site
  • Profile
  • Profile on BTISN, Government of India
  • Bioinformatics Centre
  • All India Coordinated Research Project on Spices (AICRPS) web site
  • ATIC web site
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