Updates from ICFRE Institutes

 A report on Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) has awarded an Outstanding Research Award 2019 to Dr. R.S. Rawat, Scientist, Biodiversity and Climate Change Division of the ICFRE Headquarter, Dehradun for his outstanding contribution in the field of forestry research on the occasion of Fifty Eight Meeting of Board of Governors of ICFRE held on 22 January 2021  ICFRE:   25 January 2021

 A report on Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) signed on 18th January, 2021 between Dr. Nitin Kulkarni, Director, Institute of Forest Productivity, Ranchi and Sh. P. V. Selvan, Chief General Manager, Meghahataburu Iron Ore Mines, SAIL & Sh. D. K. Verma, Chief General Manager, Kiriburu Iron Ore Mines, SAIL for the rehabilitation of stressed sites  IFP:   22 January 2021

 A report on team visit of Institute of Forest Productivity, Ranchi comprising of Sh. Sanjeev Kumar, Scientist-E& Head, Forest Ecology and Climate Change Division alongwith Dr S. N. Mishra, Chief Technical Officer for biological rehabilitation works in the mined out areas of Rajrappa Coal Mines  IFP:   22 January 2021

 A report on Exhibition organized by National Bamboo Mission , Ministry of agriculture and Farmers welfare, Govt. of India where FRC-LE Agartala and NTFP Centre of Excellence, Tripura jointly displayed bamboo made innovative products  FRC-LE:   22 January 2021

 A report of Training on “Sandalwood cultivation, nursery techniques, disease & pest management, marketing issues and departmental permissions procedures” held on 28th December, 2020 at Extension building, Institute of Forest Biodiversity (IFB), Hyderabad  IFB:   20 January 2021

 A report of Training on “Red sanders cultivation, nursery techniques, disease & pest management, marketing and departmental permissions” held on 29th December, 2020 at Extension building, Institute of Forest Biodiversity (IFB), Hyderabad  IFB:   20 January 2021

 A report of Training on “Non Timber Forest Produce” held on 30th December, 2020 at Extension building, Institute of Forest Biodiversity (IFB), Hyderabad  IFB:   20 January 2021

 A Report on day-long programme on "Spring Rejuvenation for Water Security in Himalaya" held on 24 December, 2020 in Lathao village of Namsai District, Arunachal Pradesh under NMHS conducted by Rain Forest Research Institute, Jorhat  RFRI:   19 January 2021

 A Report on week-long training on ‘Agro forestry and Land Use Management’ from 14th to 18th December, 2020 conducted by Rain Forest Research Institute, Jorhat  RFRI:   13 January 2021

 A Report on exposure visit conducted by Rain Forest Research Institute, Jorhat (Assam) for a team of 14 Trainees from Arunachal University of Studies, Namsai, Arunachal Pradesh on 4th and 5th January, 2021  RFRI:   08 January 2021

 A Report on two-day long training programme conducted by Rain Forest Research Institute, Jorhat (Assam) on Bamboo Charcoal Production and Briquetting at Jilangso village of Silonijan, Karbi Anglong on 9th and 12th December, 2020  RFRI:   08 January 2021

 A Report on the Institute level monthly webinar held on 06.01.2021 at Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur  TFRI:   08 January 2021

 Proceedings of the monthly seminar of Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla held on 29.12.2020 on the topic “Cultivation, Production and Trade of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Himachal Pradesh with focus on Laws and Policies”   HFRI:   07 January 2021

 A Report on the participation of Rain Forest Research Institute, Jorhat in Brahmaputra Amontron Abhiyan organized by Brahmaputra Board under Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India from 23rd December 2020 to 21st January, 2021  RFRI:   07 January 2021

 “State REDD+ Action Plan” for Himachal Pradesh prepared by ICFRE associating HFRI, Shimla & in collaboration with HP Forest Department & ICIMOD, Nepal was released by Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur on 06th January 2021 in the presence of Hon'ble Ministers from state  HFRI:   07 January 2021

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ICFRE Technologies

  Biopesticides

Tree PALH is a biopesticide product which has been developed as an alternative to chemical pesticides for the management of insect pests of forestry importance. Use of Hydnocarpic acid as biopesticide is first of its kind and combination with neem oil and essential oil of Lantana is a new approach.

  Tree Rich Biobooster- An alternate potting mixture for plant production.

“Tree Rich Biobooster” is a comprehensive potting mixture provides requisite nutrients and protects plants from pest and diseases. It is made from coconut fiber waste duly decomposed and enriched with all nutrients through various beneficial microbes.

  ArborEasyTM DNA Isolation Kit

ArborEasy® DNA isolation kit is a spin column based genomic DNA isolation kit. ArborEasy® is a registered trademark.  The isolation Kit provides an indigenous, nonbio-hazardous, low cost pin column based system for isolation of plant genomic DNA from wide range of tissue types, specifically tree tissues.  
 

  Commercialization of Clones of Casuarinas and Eucalyptus

Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB), is working on genetic improvement of Eucalyptus, Casuarina, Acacias and fast growing native tree species.  This targeted research is carried out in close collaboration with the Paper industries and farmers to meet the raw material demand and increase the farm income. 

  Conservation and Species Restoration of Critically Endangered Medicinal Plant

Commiphora wightii (Arn.) Bhandari, commonly known as guggal, is a medicinally important desert species of the family burseraceae. It is a well known for its valuable active principle found in its oleo-gum-resin (guggulsterone E and Z), which are used in drugs preparation for lowering the cholesterol level in human body.

  TFRI Tricho cards

Fresh eggs of rice moth, Corcyra cephalonica (Stainton) (Lepidptera : Pyralidae) were pasted on paper cards and hanged in teak forests for 2-3 days during last week of June in Udaipur (compartment No. 298 RF), Kalpi Forest Range, Mandla Forest Division, MP. 

  Management of white grubs in teak nurseries

Teak (Tectona grandis) is one of the major forest timber tree species in central Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Orissa. In central India, the preferred planting material is root-shoot rather than teak seedlings grown in root trainers. 

  Production and distribution of biofertilizers of microbial origin

Bio-fertilizers or microbial inoculants are preparations containing live or latent cells of efficient strains of nitrogen fixing, mineral solubilizing, or cellulolytic microbes used for application to seed, soil or composting areas to augment the extent of availability of nutrients to plants. Biofertilizer has been extensively applied and accepted worldwide in agricultural crops, however, its application in forest tree species remains restricted. 

  Seed Technology of Juniperus polycarpos (Himalayan Pencil Cedar)

Juniperus polycarpos C. Koch is an important indigenous conifer of North-Western Himalayan Region, commonly known as “Himalayan Pencil Cedar”. The seeds of this species have dormancy which affects its germination. Technology for breaking seed dormancy has been developed at HFRI during last 5 years.

  Macro-proliferation technique for Kutki Multiplication

Picrorhiza kurrooa, Royle ex Benth. commonly known as Kutki is an important temperate medicinal plant found in western Himalayas, which has a great potential for commercial cultivation in higher temperate regions (above 2700 mts.).

  Macro-proliferation technique for Mushakbala Multiplication

Valeriana jatamansi, Jones commonly known as Mushakbala is an important temperate medicinal plant species found in western Himalayas and possesses great potential for commercial cultivation. The species can be easily grown by seeds but the vegetative propagation has scientific advantage over sexual propagation

  Integrated Pest Management of Deodar Defoliator (Ectropis deodarae Prout)

Deodar (Cedrus deodara), one of the most valuable and dominant conifer species of the North-western Himalaya at certain intervals gets affected by a defoliator, Ectropis deodarae Prout, (Lepidoptera: Geometridae). This key pest seriously affects the younger crops in deodar forests.

  Intercropping of temperate medicinal plants with horticultural plantation

The interspaces in the orchards of high hill temperate region can be better utilized and economic benefit from the orchards can be enhanced by intercropping selected commercially important medicinal plants.

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