Updates from ICFRE Institutes

 Report on International Day for Biological Diversity 2024 organised by EIACP –ICFRE-IFGTB  IFGTB:   24 May 2024

 Report on Celebration of International Biodiversity Day 2024 by ICFRE- HFRI Shimla  HFRI:   24 May 2024

 ICFRE-Livelihood Extension Centre, Agartala conducted one day-long training programme under VVK CAMPA Extension on bamboo propagation and nursery management on May 15, 2024   LEC:   22 May 2024

  Report on Forest Soil Health Cards Pre-Release Stakeholders Consultation meet for Himachal Pradesh  HFRI:   22 May 2024

  Training on Soil and Plant Analysis for Nutrient Management held during 6-10 May 2024  IFGTB:   22 May 2024

 ICFRE-Livelihood Extension Centre, Agartala(Tripura) organised one day-long training programme on bamboo propagation and nursery management on 15.05.2024.  BRC:   22 May 2024

 THREE-DAYS TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR THE OFFICERS OF INDIAN FOREST SERVICE ON ‘PREPARATION OF ECOSYSTEM HEALTH CARD’  ICFRE-BRC:   15 May 2024

 Collaborative Training on Value Addition of Tamarind for Improving Livelihoods organized by ICFRE-Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education) & Centre for Post Harvest Technology, AEC & RI, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore  IFGTB:   09 May 2024

 ICFRE-RAIN FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE, JORHAT (ASSAM) conducted three-day long Skill Development Training on Agarwood Cultivation and Artificial Inoculation at its premises during 24 to 26 April, 2024  RFRI:   30 April 2024

  Report on Celebration of Earth Day-2024 at ICFRE- Himalayan Forest Research Institute Shimla  HFRI:   24 April 2024

 A Report on Earth Day, Celebrated in ICFRE-Institute of Forest Productivity, Ranchi on March 22.04.2024  IFP:   24 April 2024

 ICFRE-Bamboo and Rattan Centre (ICFRE-BRC) Bethlehem Vengthlang Aizawl, organized a ‘One day hands-on training on Plant Tissue Culture under Van Vigyan Kendra for Science Undergraduates’ on 17th April, 2024  BRC:   23 April 2024

 ICFRE-Rain Forest Research Institute, Jorhat (Assam) organized a week-long National level training on bamboo from 22nd to 27th January,2024.  RFRI:   23 April 2024

 ICFRE-Rain Forest Research Institute, Jorhat (Assam) organized Tree Growers' Mela, sponsored by CAMPA from 7th to 8th March,2024  RFRI:   23 April 2024

 Earth Day 2024 Celebrations by ICFRE-IFGTB EIACP PC RP  IFGTB:   23 April 2024

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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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