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.
In July 1970, the department became a part
of Himachal Pradesh University, and later of Himachal Pradesh Krishi
Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur in 1978. In December 1985 with the establishment
of Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan, it became
one of the departments of College of Horticulture of the university.
The department also has its laboratories at
Regional Research Stations, Mashobra, Sharbo, Bajaura, Jachh, Dhaulakuan
and Bhota to conduct need based research on regional problems concerning
Since apple is the major cash crop of the
state, plant pathological laboratories have also been set up in the heart
of the apple belt at Kotkhai, Thanedhar, Sarahan and Bajaura for
monitoring the scab disease and provide guidance to farmers on various
diseases of temperate fruits. The Department has the credit of successful
management of apple scab, the most devastating disease in apple therefore
the laboratories at Thanedhar, Sarahan and Kotkhai have been closed.
Pink Canker in Apple
To impart education in the field of plant
pathology at graduate and post graduate levels and to develop human
resources for scientifically managing various disease problems.
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
Multilocational field testing of new
fungicides including phytochemicals and optimized use of eco-friendly
To develop non chemical management
particularly cultural practices for the management of diseases of
fruits, vegetables and ornamentals.
To evaluate efficacy of different
biocontrol agents and biofungicides for management of various diseases.
To promote research on mushrooms for enhancing their production and find
new strains giving maximum yield and of medicinal value.
To develop integrated disease management
strategies in fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants, medicinal and
aromatic plants including mushrooms.
Area of Specialization
The main thrust area of the department is
concentrated broadly in Fruit Pathology, Vegetable Pathology,
Bacteriology, Plant Virology, Pathology of Ornamental Crops and Mushroom
Research. 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. Integrated postharvest disease management is also
one of the focus areas. In vegetable pathology, main focus is on
important crops like tomato, capsicum, peas, bean, ginger etc. Work is
focused on etiology, epidemiology and disease management. In addition,
technology for polyhouse cultivation of crops like capsicum and tomato
is also targeted. Emphasis is also given on eco-friendly methods of
disease management. 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 on identification and management of important bacterial
diseases in fruit and vegetables is also addressed. . Department is
keeping a tab on emerging problems of viral diseases of fruit, vegetable
and ornamental crops. Work on technology for diagnosis of viruses,
phytoplasma is also undertaken besides developing virus free planting
material in different crops. Mushroom research has also been main area
of specialization of the department 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
Dr. I. M . Sharma
Professor & Head
Specialization : Fruit Pathology
Department of Plant Pathology
College of Horticulture
Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni Solan(HP)
Telephone: 01792-252140( 0),
Fax.: 01792-252844, 252242