Plant Genetic Resource (PGR) Management :
Importance of PGR activities was recognised in the project and was taken up on priority at all the AICRP centres for exhaustive collection, evaluation, conservation and documentation of germplasm of medicinal and aromatic plants. This activity has also been included in the mandate of the on going National Agricultural Technology Project of Plant Biodiversity. Valuable genetic stocks of Aswagandha (48), Geranium (6), Isabgol (47), Khasi kateri (7), Long pepper (64), Liquorice (5), Periwinkle (8), Valeriana (40), Vetiver (37), Guggal (50), Henbane (14), Kacholam (12), Mucuna (44), Safed musli (52), Aloe (72), Asparagus (9), Gentiana (12), Tinospora (12), Heracleum (10), Jasmine (109), Patchouli (7), Sylibum (10) and Coleus (13) are maintained at various AICRP centres and NRC for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. The evaluation and characterisation of these accessions are in continuous process.
Multi-location evaluation trials conducted under the AICRP on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants have resulted in the identification and release of twenty five new improved varieties of medicinal plants of fourteen species and seven varieties of aromatic plants of six species.