Ankur Seeds carries out extensive Breeding research over 300 acres of research farms. We also have a large no of polyhouses and nethouses for our breeding projects. Testing of our new products is carried out over 30 satellite and multilocation centers all across India. Our sprawling 60,000 sq ft Breeding Support Center located at Neri near Nagpur houses state of the art Molecular biology, Plant tissue culture, Entomology, Pathology, Plant Physiology and biochemistry Divisions. We are proud to have a team of close to 200 creative, efficient and dynamic plant breeders and technicians.
We use advanced plant genomics tools which has led to extensive knowledge of our own germplasm base and enhance our breeding precision. Marker assisted selection and breeding forms the base of all our breeding projects. SNP markers are extensively used for for developing germplasm as well as for designing hybrids for traits like grain and fruit quality, yield, disease resistance and other agronomically important traits. To fasten our breeding process and to broaden our germplasm base Dihaploid technique is routinely used for crops like Rice and Chilli. Wide hybridization through embryo rescue is adopted which leads to transfer of resistance traits of wild species into cultivated genotypes against a number of biotic and abiotic stresses.
We believe in being futuristic and predicting the need of the farmers in the coming years and finding a sustainable solution. Thus transgenic research in cotton, rice and vegetable crops for a number of valuable traits like insect resistance, abiotic stress tolerance and virus resistance is also being worked upon. With the aim to identify germplasm with resistance to pests like brown plant hopper, thrips, jassids, bacterial leaf blight, blast and virus. Extensive resistance screening projects are carried out by our well established Entomology and Pathology Departments. Our team of experts work towards assessing the symptoms and diagnosing the disease by carrying out wide scale hot spot screenings in field as well as artificial conditions. While nutrient and water use efficiency projects are taken up at our Plant Physiology Division. Analysing the quality parameters of our products is vital to determine the marketability of the product. Biochemical and nutritional parameters are routinely evaluated in the Biochemistry laboratory.