Iranian Research Institute of Plant Protection

Iranian Research Institute of Plant Protection (ex. Plant Pests and Diseases Research institute) was established in 1943. Our launching research institute presently comprises ten research departments with 32 provincial branches covering all agro-ecological zones; execute approximately 700 research projects per year. However, publishing 160 scientific papers, conducting 90 thesis, presenting 130 scientific lectures, training 130 trainees per year are still some of the un-stated scientific potential forwarding ahead of our mission-oriented IRIPP.


Agricultural Entomology

Agricultural Zoology

Biological Control


Insects Taxonomy



Plant Diseases

Plant Viruses




1Major Fields of Work in Agricultural Entomology:

  • Insect Ecology

  • Insect Biology

  • Insect Physiology

  • Chemical Ecology of insects

  • Insect pest forecasting

  • Economic injury level (EIL) of insect pests

  • Plant resistance to insect pests

  • Control methods of insect pests (IPM)


2Major Fields of Work in Agricultural Zoology:

  • Identification (taxonomy, morphology and kariology) of acari, rodents, birds, spiders, slugs and snails.

  • Ecobiology of acari, rodents, birds, spiders, slugs and snails.

  • Control (biological, cultural, mechanical and chemical) of acari, rodents, birds, slugs and snails.

  • Use of important species of acari and spiders as biocontrol agents of some agricultural pests.


3Major Fields of Work in Biological Control:

  • Preparation and implementation of research projects and programs on biological control of plant pests, diseases and weeds.

  • Collection of the genetic resources of parasitoids, predators and beneficial microorganisms to use in pest control.

  • Providing mass production technology and large-scale application methods of beneficial agents and biological compounds.

  • Providing the other research needs for institutes and centers on biological control of plant pests, diseases and weeds.

  • Collaboration and communication with organizations and academic and research institutes nationally and internationally.

  • Authority in national Registration, Inspection and Monitoring of all Biological Control Agents and Products.


4Major Fields of Work in Botany:


5Major Fields of Work in Insects Taxonomy:

  • Conducting taxonomic and faunal research projects.

  • Cooperation with national and international experts.

  • Identification services to research, training and executive centers.

  • Offering training courses and advising the M.Sc. Ph.D. students theses.

  • Cooperating in conduction and completion of insect collections in other scientific and research centers.

  • Publishing articles reports books and checklists.

  • Providing the related information to the visitors.

  • Establishing data bank on the known species of insects and providing the identification software.


6Major Fields of Work in Nematology:

  • Collection of phyto., entemopathogenic, predatory and free living nematodes.

  • Determining host range and bio-ecology of important plant parasitic nematodes.

  • Studies on seasonal fluctuation of plant parasitic nematodes in soil and plant.

  • Studies on interaction of nematodes and soil borne microorganisms.

  • Determination of economic damage threshold levels of phytonematodes

  • Management of phytonematodes through physical, chemical, cultural. and resistant varieties.

  • Integrated pest management of olive and co-operation in sugar beet, rape seed, cereal, temperate fruit trees, and cotton IPM.


7Major Fields of Work in Plant Diseases:


8Major Fields of Work in Plant Viruses:

  • Identification & diagnosis of main agricultural crop virus diseases and related strain by applying different specific & sensitive diagnostic tools including serological and PCR based methods.

  • Molecular characterization of important plant viruses and study on their phylogenic relationships.

  • Epidemiological studies for applying in disease management.

  • Co-operating with different institutes (national and international) and scientists in the plant virology and related field, training university students and advisory services to farmers and different research centers.


9Major Fields of Work in Pesticides:

  • Establishment of the Maximum Residue Levels (MRL) of the current pesticides

  • Measurement of the pesticide residue in soil and water

  • Collaboration with various health departments to achieve better and safer food (food safety)


0Major Fields of Work in Weeds:

  • Working on chemical and non-chemical control methods of weeds

  • Expert system for weed management

  • Different aspects of weed Biology

  • Determination of ecology, and weed/crop interaction

  • Weed mapping

  • Parasitic weeds


Update: 01 April 2009