The Phyto-Chemistry & Quality Assessment Division was established for the intention of providing support to farmers in producing mountain specific aromatic oils and herbs and their value addition. Division has state-of –art laboratory equipped with sophisticated instruments viz. GC, GC-MS, HPLC, HPTLC, Polarimeter, UV-Spectrophotometer, FTIR etc. Division is engaged in:


Laboratory works on chemical fingerprinting of essential oils from aromatic plants using chromatographic techniques, bio-prospecting of lesser known aromatic species grown in Uttarakhand and assessing seasonal and altitudinal variation in the essential oils, quality evaluation of aromatic produce of farmers with respect to quantitative estimation of bio-active components, The division also supports various inter-disciplinary researches and provide measurement for quality analysis of essential oil and aromatic herbs. The department has research publications in SCI indexed, national /international journals.

Quality Certification:

Laboratory is constantly endeavoring to support the farmers, aroma-industries and researchers in all technical aspects by providing testing, quality assurance, consultancy and other related services in quality improvement activities.

The laboratory also extends necessary help to the industries in all technical assistance and facilities available with the laboratory. The laboratory was accredited by NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) from March 2010 to March 2012. Laboratory provides training in quality assessment of essential oils and aroma chemicals.

Process Development

Laboratory was established with the aim of providing scientific and technical support to the farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, industries and researchers in the area of processing of aromatic plants. Development and upgradation of extraction and distillation techniques for better quality and yield of essential oils /aromatic produce.