Research areas

Tea Sciences

IHBT is constantly striving to generate new knowledge to fulfill its mission of sustainablemanagement of Bioresources in the himalayan region by adoptinga multidisciplinary approach in R & D activities. The Institute has five Divisions engaged in research of high scientific impact

Convergence of expertise from diverse disciplines like tea husbandry, agronomy, breeding, entomology, plant pathology, soil sciences, irrigation technology, processing technology makes HATS a strong group working for increasing tea productivity and quality.

Tea Husbandry

- Development of elite planting material

- Nursery management

- Extension/re-planting and revival of old and abandoned tea sections
Natural Product Chemistry and Process Development

- Weed management
Tea Science

- Plant nutrition

- Water management

- Organic farming

- Tea farm mechanisation

- Tea advisory and extension planting

Tea Processing

- Improved manufacture techniques for quality improvement

- Hastening of chemical wither and shortening time of black tea manufacture

- Product diversification


- Advisory on pest management of tea

- Analysis of pesticide residue of made tea

- Screening of active molecule against different pests


- Tea diseases, mainly of fungal origin- Blister blight, rootrot, charcoal stump, etc.

- Molecular basis of disease susceptibility and resistance to tea leaf fungal disease-
blister blight


The tea science unit has an experimental tea garden (32 acre) for undertaking studies on agrotechnology, organic farming, pesticide residue analysis and tea management practices. A tea processing plant has been established for training & demonstration purpose and to study the chemical parameters of tea processing. A well equipped lab with GC exist to study the chemical profile and quality of made tea. The pesticide residue analysis lab equipped with GC, HPLC and other minor equipments is a national recognized facility for testing of pesticide residues in the desired products. The pathology lab is equipped with modern environment control room, fluorescence microscope, RT-PCR, electrophoresis unit for studying host parasite interactions and preparation of bioformulations.

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Tea Garden

Pesticide Residue Lab

Tea Pathology

Contact Person

Head - Dr. Arvind Gulati
Tel.  01894-233339 Ext. 345, 349
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