- The Department of Plant Pathology has its roots in the then section of Plant Pathology in the Department of Agriculture, Government of Himachal Pradesh which became a part of Himachal Pradesh Agricultural College, Solan in 1962. Department started M.Sc. programme in 1965.
- The Department maintained its separate status with change in affiliations of the parent college. In July 1970, it came in the ambit of Himachal Pradesh University and in 1978 under Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur. In December 1985, it became one of the departments of College of Horticulture of Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan. The department also collaborates with constituent colleges of the University at Neri and Thunag and also with Regional Research Stations at Mashobra, Sharbo, Bajaura, Jachh and Dhaulakuan to conduct need based research on regional problems concerning horticulture.
- The Department is pioneer in the country in starting and standardizing the cultivation of edible and medicinal mushrooms. We have a dedicated laboratory for the production of spawn which cater to the needs of the farmers of the sate and also the adjoining states.
- Department, since its inception received research funding in more than 60 ad-hoc research projects from different funding agencies of Government of India like ICAR, DST, NATP, DRDO, ACFRE, NHB, Ministry of Agriculture, World Bank, European Union, Joint Project of British Bio Science Research Council and H.P. Government. Presently, Department is having 11 ad-hoc research projects in operation worth Rs. 171.6 million and out of these one was sanctioned during the financial year 2018-19. Department has always been a vibrant forum of scientific discussions as it hosted 20 National Symposia/ Conferences and Workshops and organized two Summer Institutes to have discussion on crucial issues related to the region and the nation.
- Scientists of the Department published more than 1065 research papers, 43 books, 24 technical bulletins in leading national and international journals and more than 1225 popular science articles for dissemination of technology to the farmers and entrepreneurs. Department was able to nurture useful human resource for the country in the form of 138 M.Sc. and 82 Ph.D. students during the period of 33 years.
Himalyan Phytopathological Society
- To impart education in the field of plant pathology at graduate and post graduate levels and to develop human resource to pursue studies on important aspects of mycology and plant pathology.
- To develop diagnosis and management practices for diseases of fruits, vegetables and ornamentals and to periodically review and refine existing recommendations by the new and cost effective alternatives.
- Production of disease- free planting material of vegetatively propagated crops.
- Multilocational field testing of new fungicides including phytochemicals and eco-friendly fungicides.
- To develop non-chemical management for the management of diseases of fruits, vegetables and ornamentals.
- To evaluate efficacy of different bio-control agents and bio-fungicides for management of various diseases.
- To do research on mushrooms for enhancing their production and find new strains giving higher yield and of medicinal value.
- To develop integrated disease management strategies in fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants, medicinal and aromatic plants including mushrooms.
- To demonstrate and disseminate the effective disease management technologies in the farmers’ fields to reduce the crop losses for higher production and productivity.
Area of Specialization
- Fruit Pathology
- Vegetable Pathology
- Pathology of Ornamental plants
- Pathology of Medicinal and Aromatic plants
- Plant Virology
The main thrust area of the department is to do teaching, research in the area of Mycology and Plant Pathology. Broad focus is to carry out the studies in the areas of Fruit Pathology, Vegetable Pathology, Bacteriology, Plant Virology, Pathology of Ornamental Crops and Mushroom Research to contain the crop losses and enhance the production and productivity. In fruit pathology, work is concentrated on important crops like apple, stone fruits, mango, citrus, strawberry etc. on epidemiology, etiology and disease management. Special focus is given on soil borne pathogens with incorporation of eco-friendly methods of disease management. Post-harvest disease management is also one of the focus areas. In vegetable pathology, main focus is on important crops like tomato, capsicum, peas, bean, cole crops, ginger etc. Work is focused on etiology, epidemiology and disease management. In addition, work is also carried out on disease management in protected cultivation of crops like capsicum, tomato, carnation, rose etc. Emphasis is also given on eco-friendly methods of disease management with special focus on botanicals, VA Mycorrhiza, SAR Chemicals and fungal and bacterial antagonists. In pathology of ornamental crops, work is focused on developing disease management practices in open and protected cultivation of gladiolus, carnation, rose, chrysanthemum, marigold etc. Research work is also in progress on identification and management of important bacterial diseases in fruit and vegetables. Department is keeping a tab on emerging problems of viral diseases of fruit, vegetable and ornamental crops. Work is also in progress on diagnosis of important viruses for developing virus free planting material in different crops. In addition, work is also going on disease problems due to phytoplsma and viroids in few fruit crops. Mushroom research has been the main thrust area of specialization of the department and in this area, we are mainly concentrated on selection and breeding of high yielding strains of different commercial mushroom species. Emphasis is also given on developing modified and high yielding substrates for growing of different mushroom species including medicinal mushrooms. Production of quality spawn of different commercial mushroom species to meeting the demand of mushroom growers is also one of the priority areas. Department is also working in the area of nano-technology, molecular diagnostics and characterization for better understanding and management of plant pathogens.
Head of Department Contact Detail
Dr. H. R. Gautam
Professor & Head
Department of Plant Pathology
College of Horticulture
Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry,
Nauni Solan(HP) 173230 Himachal Pradesh INDIA
Contact: 01792-252140 (0) 94180-63751(M)
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