Historical Landmarks of ICAR-SBI

Year Achievement
1912
ICAR-SBI was established as a Sugarcane Research Station under the Department of Agriculture, Madras Presidency funded by the then British Government. Dr. C.A. Barber was appointed as the first Head of Station & Government Sugarcane Expert.
1918
First inter-specific commercial sugarcane variety Co 205 was released
1926
Work on tropical cane breeding initiated
1927
Co canes spread to foreign countries- Co 205 to Cuba and Florida (U.S.A)
1928
Release of Co 312 which dominated as the most popular variety in the sub-tropical India for the next three decades
1932
The Karnal Centre was established with the funds sanctioned by the Imperial Council of Agricultural Research. Mr. G.V. James was the first In-Charge of the station and he succeeded in germinating the sugarcane fluff at Karnal. The first batch of seedlings were planted
1933
First wonder cane of tropical India Co 419 was released
1946
Launching of Spontaneum expeditions scheme (SES)
1949
Second wonder cane of India Co 740 was released
1956
Establishment of a world collection of germplasm duplicating the original collection at Canal Point, U.S.A with U.S. aid. Ninth ISSCT Conference was held for the first time in India at New Delhi
1962
Golden Jubilee year. The Cannanore (Kannur) Research Centre was established to house the world collection of sugarcane germplasm
1963
First PL 480 project taken up for producing Indo-American clones with built-in resistance to diseases, adverse environments utilizing S. spontaneum. Radio isotope laboratory was set up.
1966
All India Coordinated Project on Sugarcane of ICAR was launched with this Institute as one of the main centres
1969
The Institute became part of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
1974
National Hybridization Garden (NHG) on sugarcane was established
1977
Tissue culture laboratory was established Division of breeding, genetics, cytogenetics and physiology reorganized
1983
Testing of pre-zonal varieties at five zonal centres
1987
Platinum Jubilee celebrated
1999
Agali center was established in 1994 became operational as a full-fledged Research Centre
2000
Co 86032- the wonder cane of new millennium was released
2009
The wonder variety Co 0238 of subtropical India was released
2011
The Centenary Celebrations were launched by Dr. S. Ayyappan, DG (ICAR) & Secretary (DARE) on the occasion of 99th Foundation Day of the Institute.
2012
International Symposium on New Paradigms in Sugarcane Research was held on October 15-18, 2012 connection with the Centenary Celebrations

December 18, 2012 - The Valedictory Function of the Centenary Celebrations was held at the Main Institute, Coimbatore
2013
Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award 2013 (Larger Institutes). The award was presented by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on the ICAR Foundation Day on 29th July 2014
2014
Runner Award of Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards 2014
2017
Cashless ICAR Institute Award

International Symposium on “Sugarcane Research Since Co 205: 100 Years and Beyond was held on September 18-21, 2017
2021
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUGARCANE RESEARCH Second Circular Sugarcane for Sugar and Beyond (CaneCon2021)
2022
Canefest'22 Conducted at ICAR-SBI,Coimbatore

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