The University felt the need for support of basic scientific research for the improvement of crop production technology. As a consequence, today the scientists of the University are better equipped than most other agricultural universities in tackling problems related to nutritional deficiencies, toxicity of chemicals, physiological stress etc. These studies have led to the a) identification of genotypes/ lines of rage, groundnut that are resistant to moisture stress, b) advantages of growth hormones in enhancing the yields of many crops, which are practiced widely by the farmers and c) enhanced the understanding of mineral nutrition, foliar deficiency and toxicity symptoms of major and minor nutrients, providing the basic ground work for developing Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) strategies for many crops in different agro-climatic regions of the State.
A similar approach was followed with respect to pest and disease management. Although, initial aim was to improve the food production, the pest management practices were greatly influenced by the pioneering efforts by the State in developing a biological control laboratory. Thus, while playing the supporting role for the Green Revolution through developing chemical control techniques to meet the immediate needs, alternative rest and disease management techniques were continuously pursued by the scientist of the University. Research efforts in pest and disease management aim towards integration of these techniques.