KERALA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
AROMATIC AND MEDICINAL PLANTS RESEARCH STATION, ODAKKALI
Farm: A well laid out farm of 12.5 ha. where bulk cultivation of lemon grass and medicinal plants are undertaken along with the different experiments.
Distillation unit : A facility for bulk distillation of essential oils with a capacity of 500 Kg at a time.
Herbal garden: A collection of about 500 medicinal plants are maintained in green house as well as in microplots. Commercially important plants are cultivated in large area plots.
Medicinal trees conservation park : About 50 species of rare and important medicinal trees are maintained in an area of 2 ha. 25-50 nos. of each species have been planted in a well laid out manner
Aromatic plants: Germplasm of 450 types of Lemon Grass, 16 types of Palmarosa, 24 types of Vetiver, 12 types of Citronella and 250 types of cinnamon.
Seed production area of about 4 ha: Seeds of OD-19 (Sugandhi) variety of lemon grass are being produced and distributed.
Nursery center: Bulk production of planting materials of medicinal and aromatic plants are being carried out for distribution.
Information and Sales Centre: This station has an Information and Sales Centre for large-scale production and distribution of quality planting materials of M&AP in the state and caters to the needs of cultivators all over the country. KAU products and publications are also available here.
Agri-clinic: An Agri-clinic is also functioning as a part of the ISC for solving the problems faced by cultivators.
Sub-surface dyke: A sub-surface dyke for the conservation and utilisation of ground water is a unique feature of this station. It is a living example for ground water conservation technology and for water-shed management.
Roof-water harvesting model: A roof-water harvesting model has been demonstrated at the centre.
Training facilities: A well furnished training hall with a seating capacity of 50 trainees. Audio visual aids like LCD projector, OHP, slide projector and computer
Meteorological observatory: A standard class B Meteorological observatory
Library: A good library on medicinal and aromatic plants comprising about 1000 books and 20 periodicals being currently subscribed along with their back volumes
Regional Analytical Laboratory: A laboratory with sophisticated equipments for quality standardization and evaluation of medicinal plants, aromatic oils, crude drugs and drug formulations
Equipment available in the Regional Analytical laboratory of the station
Minor items of equipment and infrastructure for organic analysis available: Sample digester, Buchi sample concentrator, Flame photometer, Centrifuges, BOD incubators, Refrigerators, Distillation units, Water baths
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