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| Last Updated:: 05/01/2016


CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute


Theme of the Organization: “Where Plant Based Research Touches Life Through Innovation”


The CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) - is amongst one of the constituent research institutes of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. Originally set up as the National Botanic Gardens (NBG) by the State Government of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.), it was taken over by the CSIR in 1953. Though, initially engaged in research in the classical botanical disciplines, the NBG went on laying an increasing emphasis, in keeping with the national needs and priorities in the field of plant sciences, on its applied and developmental research activities. A time came when it was felt that the name NBG no longer projected the correct nature and extent of its aims and objectives, functions and R & D activities. Consequently, the NBG was renamed as the NBRI, i.e., The National Botanical Research Institute in 1978. This name has since correctly reflected the distinctive character and the R & D activities of this applied botanical institution only of its type in the country. 


Areas of R&D


The aims and objectives of the Institute are pursued through various projects distributed among the following five broad areas of R & D supported by S&T support services for their respective activities:

1.  Botanic Garden and Distant Research Centers

2.  Plant Diversity, Systematics and Herbarium

3.  Plant Ecology & Environmental Sciences

4.  Genetics and Molecular Biology

5.  Plant Microbe Interaction & Pharmacognosy

6.  S&T Support Services


Mandate of the Organization



  • Basic and applied research on plant diversity  and  prospection, plant-environment  interaction and biotechnological approches for plant improvement.
  •  Development  of   technologies   for  new   plant   and   microbial   sources   of   commercial importance.   
  •   Building  up  germplasm repository of  plants of indigenous and exotic origin, including rare, endangered and threatened species.
  •  Providing  expertise  and  assistance  for  identification, supply  and  exchange  of  plants and propagules, garden layout and landscaping.
  •  Dissemination of scientific knowledge  and  technologies  on  plants  and microbial resources through publications, training, capacity building and extension activities.