Updates from ICFRE Institutes

 A Report on Webinars for school and college students organized by Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore under PRAKRITI programme during July, 2020   IFGTB:   07 August 2020

 A Report on monthly seminar on “Eucalyptus Improvement and status in India”, organized on 4th August, 2020 at Institute of Forest Biodiversity, Hyderabad   IFB:   06 August 2020

 A Report on monthly seminar on “Testing and deployment of clones and seed sources of Casuarina for different planting environments and end-use applications”, organized on 23 July, 2020 at Institute of Forest Biodiversity, Hyderabad   IFB:   06 August 2020

 A Report on Webinar organized by Extension Division of Forest Research Institute, Dehradun on “Agroforestry and Livelihood Generation” targeting different stakeholders on 05th August, 2020   FRI:   06 August 2020

 A report on One day Seminar cum interactive meeting on “Conservation and Utilization of Cinchona in the present COVID-19 Situation” at Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore on 16th July, 2020  IFGTB:   30 July 2020

 A report on One day Seminar cum interactive meeting on “Conservation and Utilization of Cinchona in the present COVID-19 Situation” at Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore on 16th July, 2020  IFGTB:   30 July 2020

  A report on the organization of the Van Mahotsav program by Regional Research Centers, Forest Science Centers and Research Nurseries of Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla  HFRI:   30 July 2020

 A Report on the Proceedings of the Institute level monthly seminar on topic “Climate Change in Indian Himalayan Region – Impact on Forest Ecosystems and Implications for Forestry Research” held on 30th June, 2020 at Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla   HFRI:   30 July 2020

 A Report on the Observance of International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem – 2020 organized by ENVIS Resource Partner on Forest Genetic Resources and Tree Improvement at IFGTB, Coimbatore on 27th July, 2020  IFGTB:   30 July 2020

 A Report on the celebration of National moth week by Forest Entomology Branch, Forest Protection Division, FRI Dehradun on 18th and 19th July, 2020 by organizing Moth Watch using moth screen and CFL Lamp  FRI:   28 July 2020

 A Report on Distribution of Seedlings and Plantation Activity for Chandra Shekhar Azad Park / Alfred Park at Prayagraj organized by Forest Research Centre for Eco Rehabilitation, Prayagraj  FRC-ER:   22 July 2020

 Celebration of Van Mahotsav-2020 by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun at Kendriya Vidyalaya ITBP, Dehradun on 17th July, 2020  FRI:   21 July 2020

 A Report on Technologies Demonstration and Awareness Generation Camp established by Forest Research Centre for Eco-Rehabilitation, Prayagraj in Magh Mela-2020   FRC-ER:   17 July 2020

 A report on the Layout Inauguration and Plantation program held at the campus located at Silna Naseerpur on 10th July, 2020 by Forest Research Centre for Eco-Rehabilitation, Prayagraj  FRC-ER:   17 July 2020

 A report on the organization of plantation program to celebrate Van Mahotsav at Arid Forest Research Institute, Jodhpur on 10th July, 2020  AFRI:   13 July 2020

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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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