FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE
- Collection, conservation and cataloguing of rice germplasm
- Breeding for higher yield, quality and resistance to biotic/abiotic stresses
- Research on hybrid rice, transgenic rice and speciality rice
- Development of location specific agro techniques for sustainable rice production
- Management of abiotic stresses
- Management of biotic stresses
- Physiological approaches for enhancing crop productivity
- Mechanisation in rice cultivation
- Post-harvest technology in rice
- Socioeconomic dimensions of rice cultivation in Kerala
2. SPICES AND PLANTATION CROPS
- Germplasm collection, conservation and evaluation
- Breeding for high yield and quality
- Breeding for pest and disease resistance / tolerance
- Propagation and nursery techniques
- Agrotechniques for yield and quality improvement
- Integrated nutrient management
- In situ moisture conservation and irrigation management
- Integrated pest and disease management
- Good agricultural practices and organic farming
- Post-harvest handling and value addition
- Biotechnology aspects
- Developing user friendly machines
- Development of F1 hybrids in major vegetables
- Development of vegetable varieties with resistance to major biotic and abiotic stresses
- Development of packages for protected cultivation / precision farming for high productivity
- Site specific crop management strategies in vegetables for targeted yields
- Adaptability, improvement and large scale multiplication of under-exploited and ethnic vegetables, and cool season vegetables
- Developing technologies for homestead, kitchen garden, grow bag and terrace vegetable cultivation including soil-less production technologies
- Eco-friendly technologies for plant protection in vegetables with special emphasis on pests, diseases, birds and nutritional and physiological disorders
- Seed production, processing, storage, testing and quality enhancement in vegetables
- Collection, characterization and maintenance of germplasm of major vegetables
- Collection, characterisation, documentation, conservation and evaluation of germplasm of major and minor fruits
- Identification/development of improved varieties for commercial cultivation and utilisation.
- Refinement of propagation and management methods
- Development of organic management practices.
- Management of pest and diseases
- Domestication, evaluation and management of exotic fruits.
- Identification of subtropical fruit varieties for plains, development of agro techniques for subtropical and temperate fruits
- Identification of fruit crops and varieties suitable for homestead cultivation
- High tech fruit culture (high density planting, fertigation, tree size control, protected cultivation, canopy regulation etc)
- Biotechnological interventions in fruit crops.
- Development of pre and post harvest technologies for enhancing shelf life of major fruit crops.
- Product diversification, by-product utilisation and waste management of fruit crops.
- Mechanisation in fruit cultivation, harvesting, postharvest handling and processing
- Influence of climatic variations in the performance of fruit crops
5. FIELD CROPS – CEREALS (OTHER THAN RICE), MILLETS, PULSES, OIL SEEDS, FODDER CROPS AND GREEN MANURE CROPS
Cereals (other than rice) and millets
- Screening and agro-techniques for millets and cereals other than rice for changing climatic conditions / major cropping systems of Kerala.
- Development of package of practices for baby corn, sweet corn and sweet sorghum.
- Screening varieties for stress situations and high yield
- Identification/ development of suitable varieties for rice fallows
- Agro techniques for yield maximization and quality improvement including mulching, fertigation and weed management
- Development of photo insensitive varieties in pulses
- Isolation and formulation of native bio fertilizers for pulse crops
- Plant protection methods including botanicals and microbial consortium
- Management of storage pests and diseases
- Collection, conservation and cataloguing of germplasm of oilseed crops
- Developing high yielding varieties with tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses suitable for rice based cropping system
- Weed management in oil seeds
- Harvesting and processing technology for oil seeds
- Investigating therapeutic and nutraceutical value of sesamum / ground nut
- Developing value added products
- Agrotechniques for under exploited oilseeds
- Identifying high quality fodder crops / varieties.
- Developing varieties suited to biotic and abiotic stresses and for soil conservation.
- Developing package for plant protection, higher yield and quality.
- Improving seed setting in cereal and legume fodders.
- Fodder preservation techniques.
Green manure crops
- Green manuring in major cropping systems of Kerala for soil health and productivity.
- Soil carbon sequestration and micro nutrient addition potential of green manure / green leaf manure crops.
- Exploitation of green manure potential of non-conventional sources like mimosa, mikania, merrimia, wild coccinia etc.
- Protected cultivation and precision farming in commercial flowers and foliage
- Standardization of production technology and improvement of cut flowers and other ornamentals
- Evaluation of indigenous flora and introduction of new ornamentals
- Post-harvest handling, value addition and market studies
- Interior plant scaping and pollution abatement studies
- Landscape horticulture
7. AROMATIC &MEDICINAL PLANTS
- Exploration, conservation and evaluation of germplasm
- Genetic improvement for yield and quality
- Nursery and agro techniques in Medicinal & Aromatic Plants
- Management of pest and diseases in Medicinal & Aromatic Plants
- Post-harvest technology, value addition and product development
- Chemical characterization and quality studies in medicinal and aromatic plants and their products
- Economics and marketing of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants
8. BIOTECHNOLOGY, BIOCHEMISTRY & PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
- Plant Tissue Culture for
- Micro propagation of recalcitrant species and commercially important crops
- Crop improvement
- Secondary metabolite production
- Molecular characterization, diversity analysis and Marker Assisted Selection .
- Genome mapping, gene annotation and genetic transformation
- Genome, Transcriptome, proteome metabolome and phenome analysis
- Bioinformatics resources and applications in agriculture.
- Nano biotechnology and molecular diagnostics
- Physiology of crops in precision farming/protected cultivation/organic farming/aerobic system and tissue culture
- Physiological approaches for increasing crop productivity and stress tolerance
- Physiological basis of crop response and resilience to climate change
- Biochemical basis and characterization of
- Important disorders / diseases in crop plants
- Agroproducts / New phytocompounds / Biomolecules
- Integrated biotechnology- Integration of Plant Biotechnology with industrial, environmental, animal, medical, food, algal biotechnology and metagenomics
9. SOIL HEALTH AND ORGANIC FARMING
- Basic Studies on Soils.
- Soil Fertility evaluation and nutrient management for sustaining soil health and yield maximization.
- Plant nutrition and nutrient use efficiency.
- Nutrient management in high tech agriculture and soilless media.
- Natural Resource management for sustainable development and resource conservation.
- Characterization and management of constrained/ problem soils.
- Waste management for improving soil health and productivity.
- Environmental pollution and remediation measures.
- Organic farming and good agricultural practices for soil health and safe food production.
- Soil ecology and ecosystem conservation.
10. FARMING SYSTEM RESEARCH AND CLIMATE STUDIES
- Cropping systems research
- Multi-enterprise farming systems/Homestead Farming
- Urban and peri-urban cropping/ farming systems
- Conservation agriculture
- Integrated resource management in cropping/farming systems
- Component interactions in cropping/farming systems
- Agroecological characterization and watershed research
- System based precision farming
- Crop weather studies, meteorological parameter interactions and forecasting/simulation models
- Climate resilient agriculture/climate change adaptation studie
- Ocean – climate interactions and animal response studies
11. CROP PESTS AND BENEFICIAL INSECTS
- Ecology and Biosystematics
- Morphological characterization and documentation of insect pests/ natural enemies and non insect pests of important crops
- Molecular systematics for identification of crop pests and natural enemies
- Exploration and collection of Insect and non insect biodiversity
- Climate change and changing pest scenario
- Pest surveillance, short term and long term forecasting of pests
- Population dynamics of crop pests in relation to weather parameters
- Change in pest status and modes of attack
- Strategy for Pest management
- Estimation of crop loss and data base generation
- Ecofriendly methods of pest control & Ecological Engineering
- Chemical interventions
- Screening germplasm of major crops for resistance to pests, identification of resistance mechanisms including biotechnological approaches
- Chemical ecology
- Pest management under protected cultivation and High Tech Agriculture
- Vector plant interaction
- Spatial distribution, invasion dynamics and management of newly emerging and alien pests
- Post harvest Entomology
- Pesticide toxicology
- Monitoring pesticide residues in crops and environment and its management
- Impact of pesticides on non target organisms
- Bio efficacy and chemo dynamics of pesticides
- Nanotechnology in pesticide formulations
- Insecticide resistance and its management
- Biological Control of Insects, Non insect pests and weeds
- Potential indigenous natural enemies
- Formulation technologies of bio pesticides and bio herbicides
- Conservation techniques of bio control agents under field conditions
- Studies on in-vitro production for obligate entomopathogens using cell line culture and molecular tools
- Studies on multiple tolerant bio control agents and entomopathogens
- Tritrophic interactions
- Honey bees for pollination of different crops in field and polyhouses
- Location specific research on bee management
- Quality control and value addition of honey
- Cataloguing of floral calendar
- Non-insect pests (mites, nematodes, rodents, birds, snail and slugs)
- Population dynamics of depredatory birds and its conservation management
- Beneficial birds
- Rodents and other Vertebrate pest management
- Insects as Bioresources
- Medicinal and edible insects
- Insects as indicators of water pollution
- Molecular approaches in Entomological Research
- DNA fingerprinting to study population structure, biotype studies and monitoring genetic changes in insect pest population
- Mapping of insecticide resistant genes in insects
12. PLANT PATHOGENS AND BENEFICIAL MICROBES
- Detection, identification, characterization, molecular and Nano technological studies of plant pathogens and beneficial micro-organisms for crop nutrition, crop protection and microbial biotechnology.
- Development of novel strategies, beneficial microbes, their improved strains and biomolecules for ecofriendly management of crop diseases, crop nutrition, crop growth enhancement and biocontrol of weeds.
- Development of efficient microbial formulations and delivery systems for enhanced crop production and protection.
- Post harvest and seed borne diseases, mycotoxins and their management.
- Crop loss assessment, disease mapping, epidemiological aspects and integrated management of major and emerging diseases of crop plants of Kerala.
- Mushroom production technology and its application in biodegradation, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals
- Molecular basis of beneficial microbial associations and host- pathogen interaction.
- Role of plant nutrition and climate change in the development and management of plant diseases.
- New generation fungicides, development of fungicidal resistance, non -target effects, compatibility and role of residues with respect to food safety and environmental concerns.
- Exploitation of microbes for bioremediation, biological waste management and waste water recycling.
13. POST HARVEST TECHNOLOGY
A. Postharvest management
- Postharvest management in major and minor crops
- Pre- harvest factors affecting post harvest quality
- Utilisation of microbial agents in post harvest management
- Application of biotechnology in post harvest management
- Post harvest management in organic crops
B. Processing and value addition
- Processing and value addition
- Packaging and storage of processed commodities
- Bioactive compounds and development of functional foods
- Waste utilisation
- Development of novel , organic and convenient food products
- Quality control studies
14. FOOD SCIENCE AND NUTRITION
- Food security, food consumption pattern and nutritional status
- Nutritional problems of the community
- Quality evaluation of foods & Food products
- Food Processing, Value addition and product diversification in foods.
- Diet in Health and Diseases
- Bio active components in foods – Antioxidants and phytochemicals
- Food hygiene and safety
- Bio waste utilization.
- Traditional foods - in changing food habits.
- Toxicological studies in foods and food products.
- Wellness foods /Functional Foods/Nutraceuticals/Probiotics
- Application soft wares/apps for nutrition education and dietary package
- Developing regional standards for anthropometric indices
15. AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS, AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS AND AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT
- Impact assessment of KAU technologies/other programmes
- Analyzing International/National/State policies and sensitizing its impact on farm sector
- Cost of production and marketing of major crops/inputs/technologies
- Natural resources and environmental economics
- Developing innovative methods for analyzing scientific data Agricultural statistics of Kerala and India
- Theoretical and applied studies
- Agribusiness Management Studies
- Evaluation of rural financing scenario and financial institutions
- Management of co-operatives and group initiatives
- Value analysis of Agribusiness
- Evaluation of Agricultural and rural development programmes
16. AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
- Agricultural crisis and policy research
- ICT in Agriculture and media studies
- Participatory approaches
- Innovations and technology management
- Subaltern and Gender studies
- NRM and sustainable development
- Entrepreneurship and skill development
- Extension management and development studies
17. SUGAR CANE AND TUBER CROPS
- Developing varieties suitable for different agro climatic situations of Kerala
- Cost effective and input efficient technologies for high yield and quality in sugarcane
- Developing technologies for processing, product diversification and byproducts utilisation of sugarcane
- Management of biotic and abiotic stresses in sugarcane
- Mechanization in sugarcane cultivation and harvesting
- Development of high yielding, location specific and pest and disease resistant varieties in tuber crops
- Development of package of practices including organic package of practices in tuber crops
- Eco-friendly technologies for plant protection with special emphasis on vertebrate pests and virus diseases
- Development of technologies for large scale production of planting materials of tuber crops
- Utilisation of underexploited tuber crops
AGRICULTURE ENGINEERING FACULTY
1. FARM POWER MACHINERY & ENERGY (FPME)
I. Farm machinery
- Soil manipulation
- Inter-cultural operations
- Sowing and planting
- Harvesting and post harvesting operations
- Ergonomics and safety
II. Farm Power and Energy Studies
- Solar energy
- Wind energy
2. SOIL AND WATER ENGINEERING(SWE)
- Soil and water conservation
- Irrigation & drainage
- Precision farming & protected cultivation
- Vertical farming and Soil less cultivation
- Rain water harvesting and conservation
- Land and water resource development and management
- Environmental Engineering and management
- Climate change and natural resource management
- Watershed management
3. FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL PROCESS ENGINEERING (FAPE)
- Design and development of equipment suitable for small/ medium scale processing units
- Development of ready to eat foods using advanced engineering principles
- Application of advanced drying principles in food processing
- New techniques in packaging and storage
- Innovative extraction methods for bio-active compounds and its encapsulation
- Application of nonthermal processing for food preservation
- Nondestructive quality evaluation of foods
- Application of nanotechnology in processing and preservation
- Entrepreneurship development in food processing sector
- Food safety and quality management
- By-product utilization of agricultural/food industry
1. NATURAL FORESTS AND BIODIVERSITY (NFB)
1. Forest ecosystems assessment
- Vegetation analysis
- Ecosystem services
- Forest soils
- Environmental Management
- Ecophysiology of Forests
2. Biology, ecology and conservation of wildlife
- Taxonomy of vertebrates and invertebrates
- Ecology of vertebrates and invertebrates
- Ecology of the wetlands and marine ecosystems
- Captive wildlife management
- Wildlife forensics
3. Forest health
- Ecology of Pests and Diseases
- Forest Fire
- Invasive Alien Species
4. Forests and Climate Change
- Carbon Sequestration
- Climate Change Impacts
5. Socio-economic and cultural dimensions of forests
- Indigenous technical knowledge
- Intellectual Property Rights
- Forest certification
- Human-wildlife interaction
- Joint Forest Management
- Forestry Extension
- Policy and legal dimensions
6. Non Timber Forest Products
2. PLANTED FORESTS AND UTILIZATION (PFU)
1. Silviculture and management of trees and forest plantations
- Tree husbandry and stand management protocols for diverse land management regimes
- Site quality and stand density management
- Seed and Nursery technology of trees
2. Agroforestry systems and practices
- Functional and structural dynamics, socio-economic attributes of tropical home gardens, other agroforestry systems and practices
3. Genetic improvement of commercial forest species
- Genetic and biotechnological tools and testing
- Tree improvement trials
- Tree Genetic Resources
4. Wood technology
- Wood structure, variation and identification
- Wood quality assessment
- Wood preservation and seasoning
- Wood composites and improved wood
5. Utilization of timber and NTFP
- Extraction, processing, value addition, storage and marketing of timber and NTFP
Last updated on October 17, 2015