The University of Mysore established Department of Studies in Applied Botany and Seed Pathology (DAB) by integrating the ICAR supported Downy Mildew Research Laboratory (DMRL), UGC-SAP-DRS programme on Seed Pathology and M.Phil in Seed Pathology programme which were formerly housed in the Department of Studies in Botany. DAB introduced M.Sc in Biotechnology in 1992, which was recognized under DBT-HRD programme of Government of India in 1998. The Department proved its potential as a premier training and research center by attracting grants from various national funding agencies like UGC, ICAR, DBT, and DST, and international agencies like DANIDA, EEC etc. In the last 15 years, the department has generated INR 20 crores (US$ 4 million).
The department is operating the 'Mysore Centre' of the All India Coordinated Pearl millet Improvement Project (AICPMP) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Under this programme BiRead more