Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Agricultural Sciences


Tissue Culture Protocol for Mass Production of Quality Corms of Saffron


Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Agricultural Sciences

Focus Area:

Production of Saffron Corms

Social Benefits:

Produces large number of disease-free and quality corms of saffron throughout the year, The method is a season independent process, The method is up-scalable and eliminates need for flowering sized corms as starting material

Developing Agency:

CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Himachal Pradesh

Technology Readiness Index:

Technology Development

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Brief Description

Description :

Saffron (Crocus sativus L.), the most expensive spice on earth belongs to family, Iridaceae. It is popularly known as the 'Golden Condiment' or the 'Red Gold'. The spice is highly prized for its aroma, flavour and colour and has tremendous commercial value in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industry. Although, saffron from Kashmir in India is considered to be of best quality, it accounts for only 3% of the global trade.

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