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Regional Centre, Coonoor, The Nilgiris

The Nilgiris which literally mean the ‘Blue Mountains’ derives its name from the blue haze that covers the wooded slopes. The area with high mountain ranges, beautiful valleys and salubrious climate supporting a wide range of flora and fauna is so enchanting that it rightly earned the name “the Queen of Hills” and Doddabetta, the second highest peak in south India is the crest of hills. Elevation of the tea gardens ranges from 1000 to 2634 m and the district receives an annual rainfall varying from 1000 to 1500 mm. Besides being the largest tea tract in south India, its name is associated with all virtues that go to make a good cup of tea and is appropriately referred to as the “southern Darjeeling”.The high elevation coupled with its characteristics cold, dry and mist weather provide the quality attraction to the Nilgris teas which are responsible for flavors, and exquisitely aromatic accompanied by a creamy mouth feel.

Nilgiris has the distinction of being the first district to grow tea in south India and occupies a prestigious position. Being the largest tea tract with an area of about 43,000 ha, it is rightfully called the tea land of south India. The prestige of Nilgiris tea is as high as its elevation and the region is quite often referred to as “Southern Darjeeling”. Climatic conditions in this district are characterized by cold, dry and misty weather during most part of the year. These conditions are known to accentuate the production of desirable volatiles responsible for overall aroma of black tea. During 2008, Nilgiri orthodox teas accorded the “Geographical Indication” status. The corporate sector mostly produces conventional orthodox teas while the small grower sector produces mostly CTC teas. Total tea production from this area is 102 m.kg.

The Regional Centre advises the estates in the Coonoor, Kotagiri, Kundha and Ooty areas in the Nilgiris and Palghat district in Kerala on all aspects of cultivation and processing of tea. The quality assurance lab, accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), in the centre is equipped to analyze black tea for PFA parameters, liquor and other chemical constituents. The laboratory is well equipped with sophisticated instruments to undertake the analyses of soils, fertilizers, micronutrients, dolomite and other agrochemicals. The centre also pays attention to the interests of the small tea growers in the Nilgiris. Several experiments relating to agronomy, pest control, organic tea and irrigation are being conducted by the scientists at the centre. Apart from these experiments, the centre also carries out experiments in tea factories on manufacture.

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  • Residue analysis in other crops

    31-05-2013

    The Pesticide Residue Division is equipped with state-of-art instruments viz., Gas Chromatograph, High Performance Liquid Chromatograph, GCMS, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, etc., Our lab is GLP certified by National GLP Compliance Monitoring Authority, Govt. of India for the execution of Pesticide Residue Studies. We are accredited…

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  • Vacancy 2014

    03/01/2014

    DIRECTOR UPASI TEA RESEARCH FOUNDATION The UPASI Tea Research Foundation (UPASI TRF), a world renowned premier tea research institute, intends to recruit a Director, to be positioned at the Tea Research Foundation, in Valparai, Coimbatore District. The candidate should have a Ph.D., degree in any…

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  • Monthly circular – April 2014

    07/04/2014

       Monthly Circular April -2014  WEATHER Weather data recorded in March 2014 at the TRF observatory are given below, along with the corresponding figures for March 2013. Year Total Rainfall mm Mean Sunshine hr/day Mean Temperature ° C Mean Relative Humidity % at Mean Evaporation…

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  • Publications 2011

    09.05.2012

    Ajay, D. and Baby, U.I. 2010. Induction of systemic resistance to Exobasidium vexans in tea through SAR elicitors. Phytoparasitica 38: 53 – 60. Babu, A. Vasanthakumar, D. Jasin Rahman, V.K. Roobakkumar, A and C. Sundaravadivelan. 2011.Potential of Mallada boninensis Okamoto (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae), as a biocontrol…

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  • Latest

    12/12/12

    The principal landmark in the history of tea research in south India, was the establishment of a Tea Experimental Station in Gudalur in 1926. During the last seven and half decades, this research organisation. Now known as the UPASI Tea Research Foundation (UPASI TRF), had…

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  • Publications and Library

    01/02/05

    Annual Report is the one among the major publications of UPASI TRF. Annual report of each year is released by September of the following year. Other publications include Research Highlights and half yearly Newsletters. The Bulletin of UPASI TRF is an occasional publication. The Handbook…

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Conferences Seminars

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  • Training Programme

    DATE:  9 & 10 April 2013

    PLACE:  Valparai

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  • Research Extension Meeting

    DATE:  06-08 May 2013

    PLACE:  Valparai

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  • JOINT AREA SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIA (JASS)

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  • INTERNATIONAL TEA CONVENTION

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  • TGLIA

    DATE:   2013

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  • Dr.C.S. Venkata Ram Annual Tea Colloquium

    DATE:  1 August 2013

    PLACE:  VALPARAI

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  • INTERACTIVE SESSIONS / WORKSHOPS

    DATE:  28/04/2012

    PLACE:  VALPARAI

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  • PLATINUM JUBILEE SYMPOSIUM

    DATE:  2001

    PLACE:  Chennai

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  • PLANTATION CROPS SYMPOSIUM 2014

    DATE:  2014

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  • UPASI ANNUAL CONFERENCE

    DATE:  September 2013

    PLACE:  Coonoor

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Research Activities

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    Pesticide Residue

    Of late, considering the constant usage of pesticides and to monitor the residues in the final produce, a well equipped test facility was established at UPASI TRI in 1994. The pesticide residue laboratory is accredited by National Accreditation Board for testing and calibration Laboratories (NABL)…

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  • Botany

    The Tea Research Institute at Valparai has seven divisions namely Botany, Soil Chemistry, Entomology, Pesticide Residue, Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Plant Physiology & Biotechnology and Tea Technology. Botany Research activities of Botany Division include plant improvement, cultivation practices and weed research. Plant improvement programme was…

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  • Soil Chemistry

    Chemistry Division is involved in research pertaining to soil-plant nutrients of tea besides extending analytical service to the industry. The research activities include investigations on physico-chemical properties of soil, soil-plant interactions, response of tea to major, secondary and micronutrients and their interactions. The research work…

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  • Entomology

    Entomology Division involve in basic and applied aspects of insect pests, particularly, biology, ecology and evolving control measures. The division evolved and recommended physical, chemical and biological method of tea pests control. In the past, extensive studies on bioecology, crop loss due to major pests…

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  • Pathology & Microbiology

    In the division of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, research is carried out on diseases of tea and biofertilizers. Among the tea diseases, blister blight is the most important leaf disease caused by the pathogen, Exobasidium vexans affecting the tender harvestable shoots of tea resulting in…

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  • Physiology & Biotechnology

    Plant Physiology Division was established in 1980 which has been primarily concentrated on crop productivity. The division strives for excellence in applied research in tea productivity and bush health besides biotechnological studies. The research undertaken extends over a wide range of research programmes having collaborative…

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  • Tea Technology

    Besides offering the analytical services and involving in inter laboratory ring test to validate the test methods, Tea Technology Division is concerned about quality of final produce in accordance with PFA Act requirements, storage studies, value added products and manufacturing aspects. The laboratory has been…

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