भाकृअनुप - भारतीय मक्का अनुसंधान संस्थान

ICAR - Indian Institute of Maize Research

(ISO 9001:2015 certified)

Nurturing Diversity, Resilience, Livelihood & Industrial Inputs


The institute has state of the art infrastructure and facilities at Headquarter (Ludhiana), Unit Office (New Delhi) and regional centers- Hyderabad and Begusarai to carry out advanced research in various aspects of maize under the given mandate.

Infrastructure and facilities at IIMR, Ludhiana, Punjab
IIMR, Ludhiana has well-equipped Plant Biochemistry, Pathology and Plant Biotechnology laboratories. Details as follows-

Biochemistry laboratory is equipped with state-of-art facilities like oil extractor, Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC), NIR analyzer, KJELROC analyzer, high-speed centrifuge, spectrophotometer, freeze dryer, refrigerated centrifuge etc.

Instrument facilities in Biochemistry laboratory at IIMR, Ludhiana

Pathology laboratory is equipped with state-of-art facilities like autoclave, BOD incubator, gel documentation system, ice machine, laminar airflow, microscopes, ELISA reader, etc.

Instrument facilities in Pathology laboratory at IIMR, Ludhiana

Biotechnology laboratory is equipped with state-of-art facilities such as PCR, Ultra-deep freezer (-80 ℃), Plant growth chamber, Gel documentation system, Refrigerated water bath, Fast Protein Liquid Chromatography, etc.

Instrument facilities in Biotechnology laboratory at IIMR, Ludhiana

Infrastructure and facilities at IIMR Unit Office, IARI Campus, Pusa, Delhi

IIMR Unit Office, IARI Campus, Pusa, Delhi has well-equipped plant Biotechnology, Physiology, Agronomy and Entomology laboratories. The Unit Office also has state of the art N L Dhawan Committee room with modern ambiance and audio-visual aids. Various facilities present in these labs are as follows:Biotechnology laboratory is equipped with all basic facilities necessary for plant tissue culture and transformation, and plant molecular biology work such as nucleic acid analysis and gene expression studies. The facilities available are Gene gun (Biolistic® PDS-1000/He), Real-time PCR Machine, Gradient and normal Thermocycler, Gel electrophoresis systems, Centrifuges, Rotary shaker, Autoclave, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, Nano-drop, Deep freezes (-80 and -20°C)Laboratory water purification system delivering ultrapure (Type I) and pure (Type III) water, and refrigerators, Ice machine, Laminar hoods, Tissue culture lab and Transgenic glasshouse.

Instrument facilities in Biotechnology laboratory at IIMR Delhi Unit

Plant molecular biology lab, tissue culture lab and transgenic glasshouse at Delhi Unit

Maize Physiology Lab is well equipped with state-of-art facilities (rain-out-shelter, micro-plots, net house, etc.) along with equipment like portable photosynthesis system (LICOR 6400), UV-visible spectrophotometer, refrigerated centrifuge, SPAD chlorophyll meter, root capacitance meter, Dew Point micro-volt meter, green seeker optical sensor, water and soil analysis kit, rotating water bath, precision electronic balance, pH meter, conductivity meter, infrared thermometer, etc.

Phenotyping tools in Maize Physiology Lab

Agronomy laboratory is equipped with facilities necessary for soil and plant properties studies such as total carbon and total organic carbon, ammoniacal nitrite, Canopy temperature difference, sample grinding for Fe and Zn, crop health/vigour and in-situ root studies. The instruments available are Penetrometer (Rimik), Root Image Analyzer (CI-600 CID Bio-Science), IRGA (Li-Cor), Grinder/Mill (Retsch MM 400), SPAD (Konica Minolta), Green Seeker (Trimble), Infrared Thermometer (Agri-ThermII, EverestI), C/S Analyser (Eltra Helios), Rotary Flask Shaker (Windsons Scientific), Double Distillation (Borosil), Gas Chromatograph (450GC Bruker), FIAstar 5000 Analyser (Foss), Hot air oven, Weighing Balance.

Instrument facilities in Agronomy laboratory

Entomology laboratory is equipped with facilities of pest management such as environment controlled insect mass-rearing facility; insect bioassay facility with vertical laminar flow, circulatory water bath, BOD incubators and UV sterilization chamber; routine usage equipments such as basic and advanced stereo zoom microscopes and insect handling device; specialized equipments such as berlese funnel assembly for soil arthropod sampling, dynamic volatile sampling.

Instrument facilities in Entomology laboratory

Infrastructure and facilities at WNC, Hyderabad
Threshing Floor: Mainly used for drying of harvested ears from the field. Space is also used for cleaning, shelling, seed packeting preparation and to temporarily store our breeding materials.

Modular Cold Storage (5 ton capacity) with generator back-up: Meant for short term storage and conservation of germplasm, breeding materials and exotic collections. It helps to upkeep viability of seeds.

Net house: A 12m×12m (l×w) net house was constructed at WNC which isMainly used for the maitenance of exotic collections and materials imported from other countries. Screening of germplasm for various pests under artificial infestation is also done in net house.

Entomology lab: Lab is used for culturing and rearing of various insects like Sesamia inferens, Chilo Partellus, Spodoptera frugiperda and stored grain pests. Reared insets were used for artificial infestation. Various experiments like ovicidal effect, ovipositional activity and developmental indices are conducted at WNC centre.

Infrastructure facilities at WNC, Hyderabad

Infrastructure and facilities at RMR&SPC, Begusarai

Threshing Floor and seed store room: Mainly used for drying of harvested ears from the field. Space is also used for cleaning, shelling, seed packeting preparation and to temporarily store our breeding materials.

The RMR&SPC has 16 residential quarters, green parks, small playground secured with boundary wall.