The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) had its genesis from establishment of an Agricultural School at Saidapet, Madras, Tamil Nadu, as early as 1868 and it was later relocated at Coimbatore.
Department of Agricultural Entomology under Centre for Plant Protection Studies will take care of development of pest management practices. Integrated pest management with more focus on eco-friendly technologies are being developed for managing the pests in agricultural crops. Invasive pest monitoring and management, pest warning advisory and capacity building of stakeholders are major activities carried in TNAU. Insect Museum, Insectary, pesticide toxicology lab and Apiary are important units functioning under Department of Agricultural Entomology
Department of Plant Pathology under Centre for Plant Protection Studies will take care of development of Disease management practices. Integrated Disease Management with more focus on biological control methods are being developed for managing the diseases in agricultural crops. Monitoring and managing the invasive diseases, providing disease forecast and management practices, production of bio-control agents for managing diseases are major activities under Disease management unit. Mushroom and Bio-control Lab are major units functioning under this sector.
Department of Nematology under Centre for Plant Protection Studies will take care of development of Nematode management practices. Integrated Nematode management practices with more focus on biological control methods are being evolved and recommended to the farmers for adoption.
Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry and Department of Crop Physiology are taking care of management of nutrient deficiency related issues in agricultural crops. Macro and micro nutrient deficiency problems in major crops are being addressed through advanced research and development programme. Crop specific nutrients, micro nutrients and crop boosters have been developed and recommended to the farmers for adoption.
Basic and Strategic research on Natural / Organic / Biodynamic Farming is being carried out at Nammazhavar Organic Farming Research Centre under Directorate of Crop Management. Research on Natural farming technologies, organic agricultural inputs and biodynamic farming are being carried out in this centre.
All India Coordinated Research Project on Weed Management unit at the Department of Agronomy, Directorate of Crop Management, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore in coordination with the ICAR- Directorate of Weed Research is functioning to take care of research on management of weeds, herbicide residual analysis and long term effect of herbicide use for management of weeds.