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Agro & Processing Technology


Stevia rebaudiana is 300 times sweeter than sucrose and sweetness is mainly attributed to water soluble white compounds stevioside and rebaudioside. The sweetener is ideal for persons suffering from diabetes, obesity or intending to lose weight by avoiding sugar supplement in diet. The Institute introduced two accessions of Stevia to evaluate production feasibility of this crop under agroclimatic conditions. A complete package of production technology including nursery development, cultivation practices, and processing has been developed. Planting materials have been provided to the farmers of J&K, Punjab, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttranchal, & UP. The plant is in high demand and provides better returns.

New improved cultivar: through hybridization and selection approach Institute has developed a novel cultivar of stevia. This cultivar was selected for higher proportion of rebaudioside-A content as compared to stevioside from advanced breeding lines developed from germ plasm core collections through half-sib family selection. More..

Eco-friendly Processing: A water based process has been standardized for extraction highly pure stevioside from Stevia rebaudiana. The technology is available for transfer. Also, formulation has been developed as an alternative to artificial chemical sweeteners.


Scented rose, Rosa damascene is widely known for its high value essential oil. The oil is widely used in perfumery and cosmetics. IHBT has developed two varieties of Damask rose viz. Jwala suitable for cultivation in plain areas and Himroz suitable for cultivation in hilly areas. A complete package of practice has been developed by the Institute and processing technology is also available. High quality planting materials can be procured form the Institute at an economic rates. Regular training programmes on cultivation and processing technology are organized for entrepreneurs, farmers NGOs and interested persons. More..


Essential oil of Tagetes are used in maufacture of high quality perfumes, in flavour and food industry. Presence of acyclic monoterpenes ketones and a hydrocarbon makes it a good source of base material for synthesis of value added aroma chemicals. IHBT has developed a constituent oriented production technology package which includes four package of practices to augment the production of Tagetes oil under different farming situations in sub-tropical to temperate climate. More..


IHBT has developed quality planting material and a nursery of lavender. Agrotechnology and processing technology has been developed. "Akash" a variety of Lavander has also been released by the Institute. IHBT in association with Himachal Argicultural University (CSKHPKV) Palampur has extended organic cultivation of Lavander in the Chamba districtof HP. Farmers of the region are adopting the crop with great interest. Distillation units has been established at Slaooni, Chamba and high quality oil, (acceptable by International standards) are being produced form the region for the first time.


IHBT has developed nursery of Geranium. Agrotechnology and processing technology has been developed by the Institute. Planting materials are available at an affordable rates.

Valeriana jatamansi

Institute has developed a new cultivar (HIMBALA)and package of practice of Valeriana jatamansi. The plant is highly valued for its sedative and tranquilizer properties. Valpotriates available in roots have antitumor activities. The planting material processing technology is available. More..

Curcuma aromatica

Institute has developed a new cultivar (HIMHALDI) and package of practice of Curcuma aromatica. It is widely used as an antidote to snake bite. The rhizome paste is used for curing indigestion, dysentery etc. The planting material processing technology is available. More..

Hedychium spicatum

Institute has developed a new cultivar (HIMKACHRI) and package of practice of Hedychium spicatum. The rhizome has carminative and expectorant properties. The planting material processing technology is available. More..


The cultivar Him Sphurti (CSIR-IHBT-T-01; Kangra selection CEF-02) of china hybrid tea (Camellia sinensis) has been developed by CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology through selection approach. The cultivar has excellent nursery performance both in rooting and early establishment. It is vigorous in growth and has wide adaptability. More..


Sclareol is present in the absolute of Salvia sclarea (>70%). It is used as base material for the synthesis of high grade ambergris odorants. A process has been developed for the production of Scareol from Salvia sclarea. More..


IHBT has introduced several high value flowers in Himachal Pradesh. Regular trainings are being imparted to framers and entrepreneurs. Agrotechnology and quality planting materials are available for Lilies, Gladiolus (developed and patented eight varieties), Bird of paradise, Tuberose, Alstroemeria, carnation and chrysanthemum.

Food & Health Products


Institute has developed agrotechnology for following medicinal and aromatic plants. The antioxidant property is retained and organaoleptic evaluation has been conducted over a period of three years. The product is free from harmful microbes and pesticides. More..


Technology developed by IHBT enable conversion of 90% tea catechin into theaflavins at an affordable cost. Theaflavin has anti-oxidant, anti-mutageneic properties. It can be used as food colorants, reduces caner risks, lowers blood cholestrol and improves immune function. More…..


IHBT has developed tea concentrates from black and green teas with shelf life of six months These concentrates are further converted into ready to drink teas (RTDs) with sugar/ sweeteners, purified water and carbonation. The ready made drinks can be blended with other permitted flavours as per the market demand. These concentrates are rich in tea polyphenols providing protection against cancer, lowers cholesterol, high blood pressure and improves immune function. More...

Dietary Fibre

Institute has developed and a process for extraction of dietary fibre from apple pomace. The fibre has been tested for its suitability in baking. More...

Edible colours

IHBT has developed process for production of eco-friendly natural colours in crystalline form from widely available natural sources. More...

Bamboo products

Selected species of bamboos are nutritionally rich and institute with support from Home science Department of CSKHPKV has developed a wide range of products form bamboos. Regular trainings are imparted to rural women. More...


Institute has developed an ecofriendly simple process for extraction of Vanillin from Vanilla pods.


Vinyl Guaiacol: An Economic & Ecofriendly process for a FEMA approved Flavouring agent. (Brochure)


IHBT has developed toothpicks treated with antimicrobial agents. The tooth picks are safe for human use and provides fresh breath.

Viral Diagnostic Kits

IHBT has developed Nucleic Acid & ELISA based kits for detection of viral infection in plants


Kits developed for Bean yellow mosaic virus, Prunus necrotic ringspot virus, Chrysanthemum virus B, Carnation etched ring virus, Carnation mottle virus, Tomato aspermy virus and Cymbidium mosaic virus.

cDNA based probes available for ACLSV, ArMV, AlMV, BYMV, CMV, CarMV, CERV, PNRSV, TAV, TBV etc



A truck mounted mobile distillation unit has been designed for on-site processing of aromatics and herbals. More…..


Portable, cost effective, eco-friendly distillation unit with batch capacity of 4-5 Kg and 8-10 Kg plant material under water, steam and water & steam distillation. The unit is suitable small and medium farmers, household cottage industries, aromatherpists, Research Institutes, Ayurved units, etc.


In tissue culture operations, laminar flow cabinet is generally bulky and the single most expensive item which prohibits extension of this technique as a cottage industry. IHBT has developed a mini laminar flow. It is small in size, occupies less space and can be used for desktop sterile air applications. Suitable for micro-electronic works, for field activities, demonstration and teaching purposes.


The device ensures un-damaged, intact gel during transfer and transportation of the gel from the device onto the membrane or any other support material. It can be applied in Biotechnology, molecular biology labs, food and pharma companies.


Root induction during hardening of micro-shoots is a pre-requisite for micro-propagation system which is a tricky problem. This culture vessels enables root induction in difficult to root systems like rose and tea employing liquid medium.

  • Large scale handling of micro-shoots
  • Use of liquid medium in small quantities reduces costs
  • Ease of operations
  • Damage to roots is minimized


R&D done at IHBT enabled acceleration of chemical and physical withering of green leaves with six hours (patented) compared to 16hrs. On the basis of this concept MESCO Equipment Pvt. Ltd. designed and developed the machine (jointly patented by MESCO and IHBT). After successfully completing the extensive field trials the machine is now ready for commercial use by tea industry. More…..

Advantage of this machine over the existing systems:
  • Saves fuel and energy
  • Prevent reddening of bruised leaf thereby enhances quality
  • Enables manufacture during cooler period providing better control and quality

Tissue Culture Protocols


A method for inducing improved seed germination in a high altitude medicinal and endangered plant Podophyllum hexandrum Royle (patent)

Natural Colours


IHBT has developed process for production of fully standardized eco-friendly natural colours from potential herbal/natural resources of Himalayan region which can be used in Cosmetics, Food & Pharmaceuticals.


Textile Dyed with Natural Colours

Protein & Enzymes


IHBT has developed a process for the identification and extraction of the SOD and use of the SOD in cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical compositions. Enzyme can be autoclaved and retain activity even at subzero temperature, enables removal of superoxide radicals in the presence of detergents such as SDS in tested ranges. Have wide scale applications in pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industry.


  • Plant Industry: To raise transgenic plants tolerant to abiotic and biotic stresses
  • Food Industry: To extend shelf life of Processed/un-processed food items such as cooked/packed vegetables, chicken, meat and other items pertaining to the industry
  • Cosmetic Industry: To be included in cream, shampoo, lotion etc.
  • Pharmaceutical Industry:
    • Extending the shelf life of organelles (cornea/lens)
    • Cryopreservation, cryosurgery
    • Organelle transplantation
    • Treatment of asthma, rheumatoid, arthritis, ageing related diseases


PPO stops bacteria from sticking to targeted cells, thus proposed as an antibiotic in tooth anti-decay formulations

PPO catalyzed reaction products, theaflavins and quinones: antioxidant activity, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, antimicrobials


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