The Department of Post-Harvest and Food Biotechnology is one of the major departments from five constituent departments in College of Agricultural Biotechnology, Loni. The main objective of the department is to create skilled human resources to fulfill the demand of the rapidly growing food processing sector. Over the years, food security and safety is re-emerging as a corner due to lack of focus on food processing and preservation technology sector. In the recent years, there has been more focus on this sector and Post-Harvest Food Biotechnology has been identified by the Government of India as sun rise industry due to its enormous impact and worth in the Indian development sector. The importance of food biotechnology lies in the reality that it has the potential to provide food to our population through scientific conservations, eliminating losses and making available more balanced and nutritious food.
Department has well-furnished laboratories and undergraduate research facilities with necessary sophisticated instruments, equipment, glassware etc. in addition to regular practical, mostly useful for final year students for their research project work. The major area of research is formulation of new products, analysis, antimicrobial potentials, enzymatic clarification, determination of toxic compounds etc.
Dept. of Soil Science & Agril Chemistry is one of the major departments of BSc. Agri. Course. Department has well-furnished laboratory and soil and water testing unit with necessary sophisticated instruments, equipment, glassware’s etc. Soil and water testing are useful tools for making recommendations for the application of fertilizers to crops and the concentration and composition of dissolved constituents in water to determine its quality for irrigation use. Soil testing gives a measure of the availability of nutrients to crops whereas, the quality of water is an important consideration in any appraisal of salinity or alkali conditions in an irrigated areas.