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PRINCIPAL BREEDERS OF MARIGOLDS IN INDIA

Breeders who worked on marigold improvement:

  • Dr. Vishnu Swaroop, Division of Floriculture and Landscaping, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012
  • Dr. S.P.S. Raghava, Division of Floriculture and Landscaping, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012
  • Dr. Kanwar Pal Singh, Division of Floriculture and Landscaping, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012
  • J.S. Arora, Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004, Punjab
  • Dr Y.C Gupta, Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar Univ of Horticulture & Forestry Solan, Nauni-173230, Himachal Pradesh
  • Dr T. Janakiram, Division of Floriculture and Landscaping, Division of floriculture and Landscaping, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore- 5600 89
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CURRENT MARIGOLD BREEDING PROGRAMS IN INDIA

Breeding programmes in marigold are ongoing in various institutions with the following objectives:

  • To develop superior quality, high yielding varieties/F1 hybrids of marigold with higher carotenoid content and suitable for cut and loose flower production.
  • To develop floriferous varieties of marigold and lupin suitable for garden display.
  • To Identify promising varieties/lines with antagonistic properties against root knot and reniform nematodes.

INSTITUTIONS

  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012
  • Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore, Karnatka.
  • Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University Hisar-125004, Haryana
  • Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar Univ of Horticulture & Forestry Solan, Nauni-173230, Himachal Pradesh
  • Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar-263145,Distt Udham Singh , Nagar , Uttaranchal
  • Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004, Punjab
  • Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia-741252, West Bengal
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F1 HYBRIDS STATUS

Presently, most of the varieties being grown in marigold are open-pollinated, which are less vigorous, uneven in height with low yield and vulnerable to cross-pollination. This situation leads to the degeneration of open pollinated varieties. The F1 hybrids play a vital role in marigold with respect to earliness, profuse and uniform flowering, biotic and abiotic stress resistance, higher yield, etc. Very few F1 hybrid marigolds are available because of the tedious hand pollination and more chances of getting a mixture due to presence of several florets bearing an individual stigma in a single capitulum.

In India, some preliminary efforts were made at the National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow during the 1970’s to produce interspecific F1 hybrids between T. erecta and T. patula, but so far, not a single hybrid from the public sector has been released in India for commercial cultivation.

PRIVATE COMPANIES AND NURSERIES IN INDIA WHICH SUPPLY MARIGOLD SEEDS:

The Indian Nursery Mr. Chayan Chakrabarty Andul-Mouri Howrah, West Bengal – 711 302, India e-mail: theindiannursery@gmail.com



Indo-American Hybrid Seeds (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Post Box No. 7099, 17th Cross,
2nd ‘A’ Main, K.R.Road,
Banashankari 2nd Stage,
Bangalore – 560 070 India
eMail: iahs@indamseeds.com
Website: www.indamseeds.com

Syngenta India Limited
Registered & Corporate Office,
Amar Paradigm,
S. No. 110/11/3,
Baner Road, Baner,
Pune – 411 045.

Syngenta India Limited
Santa Monica Plant,
Corlim, IIIhas,
Goa – 403 110

NAMDHARI SEEDS PVT. LIMITED
Bidadi 562109
Bangalore – 562109 (Karnataka) India

Suttind Seeds Private Limited
Mr. I K Arora
A-1/29, 1st Floor, Sector -15, Rohini.
New Delhi, Delhi – 110085, India

Floral Seed Company
Head Office
3/3, Vasant Vihar Enclave, P. O. New Forest,
Dehradun-248 006, Uttaranchal, (India)
eMail: info@seedscompany.com or floral_seed@hotmail.com or floral_seed@rediffmail.com

Agri Unlimited
Mr. Kalidas Raj
No. 39/3, 16th Cross, 2nd Main, Sampangiram Nagar
Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560 027, India

Divine Nature
Mr Haril Ganglas
Krishi Sewa, 34
Niranjanpur
Dehradun
Uttarakhan 248 001 India

Plantsman’s Seeds
Mr A. Wahid
Rajbaha Road
Patiala
Punjab 147001

Garden Blossom
Mr Mohan Bhatt
9, C.S.C. Market,
Kaka Nagar,
Dr. Zakir Hussain Road,
Delhi – 110003 India



Information compiled by Dr Tolety Janakiram of the Indian Institute for Horticultural Research, Bangalore, India and graciously shared with the author.

The images are reproduced by courtesy of Dr R. K. Roy, Indian National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow