Forest Research in Kerala

Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) is a multidisciplinary team of experts conducting research on tropical forests and forestry. This Institute has contributed significantly to research in tropical forestry and biodiversity conservation over the past three decades of its existence. Founded in 1975, Institute is envisioned as a Centre of Excellence in Tropical Forestry to provide scientific support for decision making on matters related to forestry, with particular emphasis on conservation, sustainable utilization and scientific management of natural resources. KFRI became a part of the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) along with five other R&D Centres of the State, when the KSCSTE was constituted in 2002.


Dr. KM Bhat Memorial Award 2015

The 6th Dr. K. M. Bhat Memorial award carrying a Gold Medal, Certificate of Merit and cash prize of Rs. 5,000/- was awarded to Dr. Roby, T. J, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Zoology, St. Thomas College, Thrissur. His doctoral work was on “Floristic structure and diversity of Myristica swamps at Kulathupuzha in a GIS perspective”. Based on the quality of his doctoral work as evidenced by his thesis and publications, he was adjudged the best and considered worthy of the award. The Endowment was instituted by the family of late Dr. K. M. Bhat for the best emerging Research Scholar of KFRI.

Dr. C. Chandrasekharan Memorial Award 2014

The Dr. C. Chandrasekharan Memorial Award for innovative Research in Conservation of Forests is awarded to Sandeep Das and Dr. V. P Thomas. The award instituted in memory of former KFRI Director Dr. C. Chandrasekharan, an expert in tropical forestry, carries a purse of Rs. 40000, a gold medal and a certificate each. Sandeep Das, Junior Research Fellow at KFRI shares the Award with V.P Thomas, Assistant Professor at Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta.
Peechi, Thrissur 10°31'48"N 76°20'50"E
  • Dr. C. Chandrasekharan memorial Award – 2015
    Applications/ Nominations are invited from researchers, below 35 years of age, working on any aspect of forest conservation and management in Kerala for the award of the Sixth Dr. C. Chandrasekharan Memorial Award.

  • Web Portal on RET Plants of Southern Western Ghats
    First comprehensive database Database on Rare, Endangered and Threatened (RET) plants of Southern Western Ghats in searchable format.

  • KFRI herbarium goes online
    The online herbaria is powered by an custom made efficient search engine and general features of the herbarium are one of the best among the online herbariums.