Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research serves as a centre for
conducting and coordinating research under four main section
that are interconnected
Genetic Resource Management
Crop Management and Post Harvest Technology
The Genetic Resource Management section is in the process of
identification of high yielding varieties having distinct characteristics
of high oil extraction rates, compact canopy and drought tolerance.
Research have been taken up to develop DNA marker traits like shell
thickness and fruit color and identification of elite material to resolve
IPR issues. IIOPR is working on standardization of protocol for clonal
propagation of elite oil palm species.
The section on Crop Management and Post Harvest Technology
is working on the water management and nutrient management of oil
palm in the irrigated conditions. Mapping physiological traits for
higher productivity and stability is an area where ongoing research
shows tremendous potential. Biochemical studies like formation of oil
and changes in oil quality from anthesis to bunch maturity, seasonal
variation in oil formation and quality and variation in oil content and
quality within a bunch as well as fruits are being investigated. Research
on various aspects of post harvest studies on oil palm and devising
a mechanized harvesting tool suitable for harvesting the fresh fruit
bunches is also being done.
The Crop Protection section is involved in the research pertaining to
the various pests and diseases of oil palm in the country. The various
symptoms for the pests and diseases and their control measures is
The Social Sciences section is actively engaged in technology
assessment, dissemination and promoting the various
technologies developed, among farming community through
exhibitions, field visits and group meetings. Country wise statistics
on oil palm are collected and maintained for effective information
retrieval. Development of databases and software are being taken
up for effective transmission of information.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research
Pedavegi, West Godavari Dt., Andhra Pradesh. 534 450.