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Objectives:

  • To study and predict the impact of climate change in high altitude ecosystems in Himalaya
  • Conservation and characterization of genetic resources of high altitude and their bioprospection for value addition
  • Study into high altitude biology

Functions:

  • Conservatory of high altitude plants of importance (in situ and ex situ)
  • Bioprospection
  • Climate change impact studies
  • Evolving models for high altitude ecology
  • Reproductive biology and bioresource generation

Infrastructure:

  • Environmental data towers
  • Farm and polyhouse facilities
  • Plant and microbial labs
  • Pilot plants for post harvest management
  • Cold conservation facility
  • Food processing facility unit
  • Essential oil extraction unit
  • Plant tissue culture laboratory
  • Training center

Achievements of high altitude research:

  • Ten Long Term Ecological Research Plots for monitoring vegetation in treeline zone
  • Spatio temporal vegetation and biomass maps using RS-GIS
  • Impact of altitude and temperature on picroside metabolism in Picrorhiza kurrooa
  • Propounded a novel carbon sequestering pathway and nitrogen utilization mechanisms
  • Key genes responsible for imparting biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in plants
  • Commercial floriculture in Lahaul valley
  • Germplasm resource centre of sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)
  • Demonstration plots of Picrorhiza kurrooa, Aconitum heterophyllum and Crocus sativus (saffron), Ginseng etc.